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Apartment Living: Top Floor vs. Bottom Floor

Brandon Apartment BuildingBrandon rental homes come in a variety of shapes and sizes — and elevations. In many cases, rental homes and apartments have units directly above or below other units. If you could choose to live on either the top floor or the bottom floor, which would you pick? 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 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. It can also be more costly to move in and out of top-floor apartments as haulers often charge more to carry furniture up or down the stairs. Bottom-floor rental homes typically have easier access.


Safety is also an important consideration when choosing 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. However, this will also mean that it could be harder to escape through a window in case of fires or other emergencies. Depending on what you need, you can decide on a rental home location that puts your security first.


Noise levels can also be a dealbreaker when choosing a rental home. As a general rule, top-floor apartments tend to be less noisy than those below. However, this doesn’t mean you will not have noisy neighbors below. And, since you live above someone else, you could be considered as the noisy one. In that case, you could be reported to the landlord and would have to deal with that complaint.

Natural Light

Top-floor rental homes have the advantage of receiving more natural light. This is especially felt in buildings surrounded by other structures as rental homes that are higher up usually 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 should also be a big factor in your choice of rentals. 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 usually stay cooler and are less expensive to heat and cool than units on the top floor.

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

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