There are several factors to consider when choosing which level of an apartment complex to live on. For instance, some people like the top level for privacy while others like the bottom to avoid stairs. You’ll have to look at your individual situation to decide the right apartment level for you. Here are 4 things to consider when choosing whether to the live on the top, middle, or bottom of an apartment complex.
4. The Cost of Utilities
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Living on the middle level of an apartment complex is the best way to save money on utilities because you have the best insulation. This keeps your apartment warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Heat rises from the apartments below when you live on the top level, and the bottom is always coldest. Of course, it’s also important to look at the efficiency of the building, because older apartments typically have higher utility bills.
3. Noise Level and Privacy Concerns
Some people prefer to live on the top level of an apartment complex so they only have to worry about noise coming from the neighbors below them. Living on the middle level is the noisiest because you have neighbors on top and on bottom of you, and usually on each side, too.
The bottom level can be noisy because of traffic, especially in downtown Atlanta apartments, for example. So, if noise is a concern for you, look for an apartment on the top level or in an area that is quiet, such as near the gym or laundry. You’re also best off on the end of a row so you only have one neighbor to the side of you.
2. The View From Your Window
People often choose to live on the top level of an apartment complex because of the view — higher is better. In general this is true, but just because you’re on the top level of an apartment complex, that doesn’t mean you’ll have a good view. It depends on the location of the building and what’s around it.
For instance, you might be overlooking several other apartments or have your view blocked by other buildings. Additionally, you need to consider the direction in which your apartment is facing, because one side might face the mountains while the other faces nothing. Of course, having a view isn’t a good thing if you suffer from acrophobia.
1. Ease of Access and Sense of Security
Unless you can afford to live in an apartment with a doorman, security is a factor when choosing which level to live on. In general, living on the top level is the safest, because it takes the longest to reach from the entry of the apartment building. However, living on the bottom level of an apartment complex is appealing for people that can’t take stairs well, such as the elderly or the disabled. You have to decide whether ease of access is more important or your sense of security.
There are advantages and disadvantages to living on each level of an apartment complex. You have to think about your priorities and choose the level that matches your lifestyle and needs the best. Do you have any other suggestions on what people should consider about the level of their apartment.