Pros and Cons of Top Floor Apartments

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Pros and Cons of Top Floor Apartments

There are advantages and disadvantages of renting an upper floor apartment. The main ones are as follows:
Pro: Warm in the Winter
If you’re in a cold weather climate, your apartment will probably be warmer in winter, because heat rises, warming your apartment. You will also get more natural sunlight coming into your windows, raising the temperature inside your apartment.
Con: Warmer in the Summer
Your apartment will be hot in summertime, or if you have air conditioning, your electric bill will increase. You should cover your windows with curtains or blinds, to prevent the natural sunlight from increasing the temperature inside your apartment.
Pro: No Footsteps Overhead
A top-floor apartment can be the quietest apartment in the building. You won’t be bothered by footsteps from tenants walking or exercising on the floor above, or the sound of tenants waking up early in the morning to go to work or school.
Con: Watch Your Step
If you live on the top floor apartment, you have to be extra careful not to offend the tenant living below your apartment with your noise such as footsteps, listening to music, vacuuming your carpet, etc.
Pro: Safer from Break-Ins and Other Hazards
Your top floor apartment is relatively safe from burglars, since burglars prefer to steal things from tenants who live in the ground floor. Your apartment is also safe from floods, as well as pests such as mice, cockroaches, ants, etc., unlike tenants who live in the ground floor, or lower floor.
Con: Compromised Safety from Fire
In case of a fire, you might not be able to escape if you live in an upper floor apartment, and the rescuers might not be able to reach you.
Pro: Extra Privacy
You will have more privacy because there will be less people walking past your door. You also won’t have to deal with curious passersby gazing inside your room from the window, which sometimes happen if you live in a ground floor apartment.
Con: Stairs
If your apartment complex doesn’t have elevators, you will have to climb the stairs to bring your things into your apartment when you move in. You will have to climb and go down the stairs every time you have an errand to run. If your apartment building has elevators, you will still have to wait several minutes before the elevator comes to your floor, and another several minutes for it to reach the ground floor. This is inconvenient especially in the morning, when you’re in a hurry to go downstairs to leave the apartment and go to work.
These are just some of the advantages and disadvantages of living in a top floor apartment. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons carefully, before deciding to live in a top floor apartment.


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