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Photo: MeSamong (Shutterstock) Living in an older house is, for many reasons, an experience. From architectural details you don’t see anymore, to layers of paint and wallpaper, to custom built-ins, there are features hidden everywhere. Some quirks of older homes, however, are hard to ignore, let alone miss—like a leaky basement, teeny tiny closets, or flickering electricity—which relators routinely label as “character” and/or “charm.” Creaky hardwood floors also fall into this category. It’s one thing for them to betray you at night, making noises as you attempt to sneak into the kitchen unnoticed to grab a snack. But older floors also have a tendency to make squeaking and cracking sounds even if no one in the house is up and about. And even though you know it’s not an extra set of footsteps, your mind can play some pretty mean tricks on you in the dark. Here’s how to get your floors to quiet down. How to stop wood floors from making noise So why do older floors creak in the first place? “Squeaks happen when a house settles and wood flooring dries and then expands,” Lisa Kaplan Gordon writes in an article for Realtor.com . “This causes the floorboards to rub against each other, or against the subfloor, or against the nail casings.” Fortunately, she also has some ideas for how to stop the squeak. But first, you have to locate its source—something she says is a two-person job. Have one person go down to the level of […]