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Best Floor to Live On in an Apartment Building

July 22, 2013 | Apartment Hunting, Apartment Hunting Advice

By Niccole Schreck

When searching for apartments, there is always so much to consider—location, proximity to parking or public transportation, closet space—all of which are hugely important when finding that perfect place.

However, there is one often secondary factor in the apartment hunt that has the potential to profoundly affect your day to day lifestyle: the floor on which you live. So, which is the best floor to live on in an apartment? Each option, top, middle and bottom, has its perks.

Living on the Top Floor

Top floor apartments rarely have to deal with noise from foot traffic both inside and outside of the building, including visits from unwanted pests and critters, and the added height is a great source of natural sunlight. The panoramic views from the top floor also are nothing to complain about; however, these pluses don’t come without their minuses. For example, the abundant sunlight drenching your apartment coupled with the “heat rises” concept is sure to minimize heating costs in the winter, and yet, that same fortuitous combination might drive up you’re A/C bill in the summer.

Also, the benefit of having a top floor apartment means you don’t have to contend with noisy overhead neighbors, though, you do have to weather the risks of any exterior roof damage directly affecting your apartment.

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Overall though, the top floor does have enticing features that would make any renter not want to move, especially down all those stairs!

Living on the Bottom Floor

A bottom floor apartment, too, boasts some enticing amenities. Not only is the first floor ideal for bringing in heavy loads—cue, groceries—but, the bottom floor makes for less expensive AC bills in the summer since the cool air naturally reigns in lower locations. And while street noise might be a con in first floor apartments, you also get the benefit of not having to worry about bugging your even lower lying neighbor.

Likely, late night vacuuming or the fact that you don’t use a rug to insulate your floor from pitter-patter won’t be bothersome to anyone. Though, susceptibility to pests can often be a turn off.

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After exploring both top and bottom floor options, it seems like we may be hitting that “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” theme.

Living in the Middle

The top and bottom floors are both great options depending on what you are looking for in an apartment rental, but when it comes to heating and cooling, and worrying about the trek to and from the apartment, each showcases opposing extremes. As a result, the middle floor is, in a sense, just right.

The middle floor may not get a seasonal break from heating and cooling costs, but it usually sees a steady power consumption rate during each season. Also, while the middle floor has both top and bottom neighbors, it doesn’t demand a huge hike up stairs, nor is it exposed to street traffic noise, though foot traffic in the hallways may be the trade-off there.

Not sure you want to live in a high-rise apartment building? Determine which type of rental is right for you.

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