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Apartment Living: Top Floor vs. Bottom Floor

Leander Apartment BuildingLeander rental homes come in various shapes and sizes, as well as elevations. In many cases, rental homes and apartments have units directly above or below other units. You might be wondering if living on the top floor or the bottom floor would be the better option. Although the top floor is usually considered the prime spot, that would actually depend on your particular situation and needs. After weighing out the pros and cons of the top floor and the bottom floor, you can choose which one fits your daily life better.

Ease of Access

Access is one major issue when deciding between a ground-level rental and one on a higher floor. Top-floor apartments have to deal with stairs or elevator access every 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 rental homes that are higher up are farther from the ground, their windows are also less accessible from the outside. But that also means it is harder to leave the home through the window in the event of a fire or other emergencies. Depending on what you need, you can choose a rental home location that puts your security first.


Noise levels are always an issue when choosing 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. This also means you could be the noisy one for those living below you. You may find yourself reported to the landlord and have to deal with the unnecessary hassle.

Natural Light

One of the benefits of living in a top-floor rental home is the higher amount of natural light. If your building has other structures around it, rental home units that are higher up are more likely to receive 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. Since bottom-floor apartments tend to have cooler temperatures, they are less expensive to heat and cool versus those on the top floor.

In the end, the best option will be determined by your priority needs and preferences. But if your current Leander 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 Longhorn can help! Visit our website to check out our listings, or give us a call today!

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