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Apartment Living: Top Floor vs. Bottom Floor

Jacksonville Apartment BuildingBroken Arrow rental homes come in a myriad of shapes and sizes — and elevations. In many cases, rental homes and apartments have units directly above or below other units. If you have the opportunity to pick a unit on the top floor or the bottom floor, which would you choose? Although the top floor is considered the ideal location, it all 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 a primary consideration when choosing between a ground-level rental or a higher one. Stairs, elevator access, and your ability to navigate them will have to be considered if you are eyeing a top-floor apartment. Moving in and out of top-floor apartments could also cost more since movers usually charge additional fees for hauling furniture to higher levels. Access is generally more convenient for bottom-floor rental homes.


Safety is another major factor in choosing between the top floor and bottom floor. Since the windows are not easy to access from the exterior, rental homes that are higher up are usually more secure. The downside is that it makes it harder to escape through a window in case of fire or other emergencies. If that is one of your main needs, you may want to choose a rental home location that puts your security first.


Another big issue when choosing a rental home is noise levels. As a general rule, top-floor apartments tend to be less noisy than those below. But this does not guarantee that you won’t get noisy neighbors below. Also, living above someone else could mean that you could be the noisy one. You may have to deal with the hassle of being reported to the landlord for it.

Natural Light

Top-floor rental homes also tend to receive more natural light. In areas where structures are surrounded by other buildings, rental homes situated higher up tend to get more light than those on the bottom. However, bottom-floor rentals are usually nearer to the garden, so if you prefer being in close proximity to flowers rather than viewing skylines, the bottom floor might be the right unit for you.

Cost of Utilities

You should also factor in the cost of utilities as you make your decision. In general, top-floor apartments tend to have higher utility costs than bottom-floor homes. During months when the weather is warm, 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 are generally cooler and are less expensive to heat and cool than units on the top floor.

Ultimately, your personal preferences and needs will determine the best option for you. But if your current Broken Arrow 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 Tulsa can help! Visit our website to check out our listings, or give us a call today!

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