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Apartment Living: Top Floor vs. Bottom Floor

Colorado Springs Apartment BuildingClarksville rental homes come in different shapes, sizes, and elevations. In many cases, rental homes and apartments have units directly above or below other units. You might be wondering if living on the top floor or the bottom floor would be the better option. Although the top floor is often said to be the most desirable location, it depends on your particular situation and needs. Here are tips for weighing out the pros and cons of the top floor and the bottom floor so you can figure out which option is best for you.

Ease of Access

Access is an important consideration when deciding between a ground-level rental or one on a higher floor. Stairs, elevator access, and your ability to navigate them will have to be considered if you are eyeing a top-floor apartment. Movers also charge more for hauling stuff up and down top floor apartments so moving can become more costly. Bottom-floor rental homes generally have more convenient access.


Safety considerations can also influence your decision to choose between the top floor and the bottom floor. Since rental homes that are higher up are farther from the ground, their windows are also less accessible from the outside. This also means you will have difficulty leaving the unit through a window in the event of a fire or other emergencies. Depending on what you need, you can decide on a rental home location that puts your security first.


Another big issue when choosing a rental home is noise levels. As a general rule, top-floor apartments tend to be less noisy than those below. But this will not guarantee that your downstairs neighbors won’t be noisy, either. Also, living above someone else could mean that you could be the noisy one. You may find yourself reported to the landlord and have to deal with the unnecessary hassle.

Natural Light

Top-floor rental homes also tend to receive more natural light. If your building has other structures around it, rental home units that are higher up are more likely to receive more light than those on the bottom. Bottom-floor rentals, on the other hand, have the advantage of being closer to gardens or a common yard, so if you prefer flowers to skylines, you might want to pick the bottom floor.

Cost of Utilities

The cost of utilities should also be a major consideration. In general, top-floor apartments tend to have higher utility costs than bottom-floor homes. During warm weather, hot air tends to rise, meaning your air conditioning unit will need to work harder to cool a top-floor rental home than a bottom-floor one. Bottom-floor apartments usually stay cooler and are less expensive to heat and cool than units on the top floor.

The bottom line is, the best option will depend on your personal needs and preferences. But if your current Clarksville rental isn’t ideal, maybe it’s time to find a new place to live. If you are in the market for a new rental home, Real Property Management Stellar can help! Visit our website to check out our listings, or give us a call today!

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