Internet, I need your advice
I live on the thirty-second floor of a thirty-four-floor apartment building.
I've never met the people who live directly above us, but the husband and I have come up with our own conclusions about how many of them there are. We've even guessed who they are.
Person #1- Working Woman. Wears high heels for the majority of the time she is home. We have gathered this information due to the fact that they obviously have no rugs because we can hear every clickety step of the high heels.
Person #2- The Carpenter. He is thus named because of the constant banging, hammering, and sawing we hear.
Person #3- The Toddler. The toddler like to drop things. A LOT. I know this because of the aforementioned lack of rugs. He also likes to run laps around the apartment, bounce balls, and produce high pitch screams that make all of the dogs in the neighborhood cringe.
It seems that their favorite family activity is to move furniture. Working Woman and the The Carpenter like to move the large pieces of furniture, while The Toddler follows behind dragging a chair.
They also have some kind of exercise machine. Maybe a rowing machine or a Nordick Track. I know this because we hear the whoor-whoor sound BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO RUGS.
Instead of an alarm clock, the Working woman and The Carpenter have either an African dance troupe or a tippany drummer wake them up. Every morning, even on the weekends, sometime between 7:45 and 8:45 I am awoken by a VERY loud BANG BANG BANG that shakes my whole bedroom. I work from home, so I usually don't wake up until at least 9 am. The Working Women and The Carpenter obviously have other plans for me.
Here's my dilemma:
I can deal with the noise during the day, but the noise late at night/early in the morning is driving me crazy.
I need your help deciding what course of action I should take.
a) Bang on the ceiling with a broom whenever I hear the noise
b) File a formal complaint with the building, which would mean the building would write them a warning saying that there have been noise complaints and to please make sure that 85% of their floors are covered with carpet (which is building policy). However, they would automatically know it was us who made the complaint because we are the only ones who live underneath them. It might piss them off that we didn't go to them first before we filed a complaint.
c) I could write them a nice but direct letter stating that there is a lot of noise coming from their apartment, and that we can deal with it during the day, but it wakes us up on an almost daily basis. And, that it appears that part of the problem is that they have no rugs.
The only problem with this scenario is that if it's someone my husband works with, which is a distinct possibility (Our building is staff housing for the hospital), it could create an awkward situation for him.
Most of the people I've asked think I should just let the building handle it (option b).
What do you think?