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Apartment Living: Top Floor vs. Bottom Floor

Colorado Springs Apartment BuildingWinooski rental homes come in a myriad of shapes and sizes — and elevations. In many cases, rental homes and apartments have units directly above or below other units. If you have the opportunity to pick a unit on the top floor or the bottom floor, which would you choose? While many people consider the top floor the ideal location, it all actually depends on your particular situation and needs. If you weigh the pros and cons of the top floor and the bottom floor, you can figure out which one suits your daily activities better.

Ease of Access

Access is one major issue when deciding between a ground-level rental and one on a higher floor. Consider things like stairs or elevator access for top-floor apartments and your ability to navigate them each day. Moving in and out of top-floor apartments can also be more costly since movers tend to charge more for the extra effort in hauling your things up or down. Bottom-floor rental homes are usually more convenient to access.


Another important aspect to consider as you decide between the top floor and the bottom floor is safety. Since the windows are not easy to access from the exterior, rental homes that are higher up are usually more secure. The downside is that it makes it harder to escape through a window in case of fire or other emergencies. If security is on your priority needs list, you can choose a rental home location that gives you that.


Noise levels are usually a big factor when deciding on a rental home. As a general rule, top-floor apartments tend to be less noisy than those below. This, however, does not guarantee that you won’t get noisy neighbors below. And, since you live above someone else, you could be considered as the noisy one. You may have to deal with the hassle of being reported to the landlord for it.

Natural Light

Another advantage of a top-floor rental home is the higher amount of natural light. Especially in areas where buildings are near each other, rental homes that are higher up to get more light than those on the bottom. Bottom-floor rentals, though, are nearer to the garden, so if you want to be among the flowers more rather than admiring the skylines, the bottom floor would be a good fit for you.

Cost of Utilities

The cost of utilities also figures a lot in choosing a unit. In general, top-floor apartments tend to have higher utility costs than bottom-floor homes. Since hot air tends to rise, your air conditioning unit would need to work harder to cool a top-floor rental home compared to a bottom-floor one in warm weather. Bottom-floor apartments are generally cooler and are less expensive to heat and cool than units on the top floor.

Ultimately, your personal preferences and needs will determine the best option for you. But if your current Winooksi 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 Sterling can help! Visit our website to check out our listings, or give us a call today!

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