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Apartment Living: Top Floor vs. Bottom Floor

Jacksonville Apartment BuildingPelham rental homes come in different shapes, sizes, and elevations. In many cases, rental homes and apartments have units directly above or below other units. If you had the option to live on either the top floor or the bottom floor, you might be wondering which one is a better option. While the top floor is usually seen as the ideal location, it 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 an important consideration when deciding between a ground-level rental or one on a higher floor. Think about how willing you would be to deal with stairs or elevator access on a daily basis as a top-floor apartment occupant. Movers also charge more for hauling stuff up and down top floor apartments so moving can become more costly. Bottom-floor rental homes have the advantage of easier access.


Safety is also a major deciding factor as you choose between the top floor and bottom floor. Rental homes that are higher up can be more secure since the windows are less accessible from outside. This same feature also makes it more difficult to leave the home through the window during a fire or an emergency. If one of your main needs is security, you have to keep that in mind as you choose a rental home location.


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. But this does not mean that you won’t encounter noisy neighbors below. On the other hand, your downstairs neighbors might see you like the noisy one. In that case, you could be reported to the landlord and would have to deal with that complaint.

Natural Light

Another advantage of a top-floor rental home is the higher amount of natural light. Especially if your building is surrounded by other structures, rental homes that are higher up usually get more light than those on the bottom. However, bottom-floor rentals have the benefit of being closer to the garden, so if you want to be near flowers instead of gazing at skylines, the bottom floor might be the best spot for you.

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. This is because, in warm weather, hot air tends to rise, meaning your air conditioning unit has 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 Pelham 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 Victory can help! Visit our website to check out our listings, or give us a call today!

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