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Apartment Living: Top Floor vs. Bottom Floor

Greensboro Apartment BuildingGreensboro rental homes come in all shapes and sizes – and elevations. In the majority of cases, rental homes, and apartments have units directly above or below several units. When you have the option to pick whether to live on the top floor or the bottom floor, you may be wondering which is the better choice. Even though the top floor has a reputation for being the most desirable location – it depends on your situation and needs. By pondering and weighing the positives and negatives of the top floor and the bottom floor, you can find out which choice is good for your day-to-day life.

Ease of Access

Access is an important consideration when picking between a ground-level rental and one higher up. You may need to think about things such as stairs or elevator access for top-floor apartments and how easy you can move up and down each day. It can furthermore cost more to move in and out of top floor apartments, by reason that movers often charge extra to haul furniture up and down flights of stairs. Bottom-floor rental homes, in the same vein, tend to be easier and more convenient to access.


Safety is one vital consideration when choosing between the top floor and the bottom floor. Rental homes that are higher up have a tendency to be more secure given that the windows are not easy to access from the outside. But really, it also makes it more difficult to escape the home through a window just in case of a fire or other emergency. Dependent on your wants and needs, you may wish to decide on a rental home location that puts your security first.


Noise levels are incessantly an issue or even a challenge in terms of choosing a rental home. Normally, top-floor apartments tend to be less noisy than those below. Although, that is not a guarantee that you won’t have noisy neighbors below, either. And, if you live above someone else, they may regard you to be the noisy one. In this case, you may discover yourself reported to the landlord and experiencing more hassle than you bargained for.

Natural Light

Part of the advantages of a top-floor rental home is a higher amount of natural light. In particular, if other structures surround the building, rental homes that are higher up are inclined to get more light than those on the bottom. Moreover, bottom-floor rentals have the advantage of being near the garden, so if you desire a view of flowers to skylines, the bottom floor would be the appropriate area for you.

Cost of Utilities

Another thing to take into consideration is the cost of utilities. As a whole, top-floor apartments tend to have higher utility costs than bottom-floor homes. This is due to the fact that in 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 tend to stay cooler and be less costly to heat and cool than those on the top floor.


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