3 Things to Note When Looking at a Top Floor Apartment

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3 Things to Note When Looking at a Top Floor Apartment

Rachael Weiner · Oct 28, 2010

A top floor apartment is normally a hot commodity. Between the absence of noise from upstairs neighbors and desirable amenities like balconies and great views, a top floor apartment can be worth the extra money you pay. In fact, the cost to rent an apartment on the top floor is often times significantly more than the cost to rent units on the floors below it. Before your rent a top floor apartment, consider whether the cost is worth it relative to what you actually get. Here are some things to consider when looking at an apartment on the top floor.

1. Consider the View Versus Cost of Rent

Most people are drawn to top floor apartments because they get a better view from their windows. Furthermore, the lure of a balcony is appealing. When you’re looking at a top floor apartment, be sure to scrutinize all aspects of the unit. It’s easy to be sold purely on the view, and you shouldn’t make your decision based solely on that one feature. While aesthetics are certainly a draw, how are the apartment’s other features? Does the unit have decent appliances? Is it clean? How big are the closets? Is the building maintained properly? Consider everything that will make you comfortable in an apartment before signing a lease simply because you want a view and a balcony. Decide whether the extra rent money each month is worth it. If the rent is comparable to other units you’ve seen, having that extra feature may be the deal-maker.

2. Consider Heating and Cooling

When looking at top floor apartments, keep in mind that hot air rises. This can be beneficial in the winter, but uncomfortable come summertime. Does the unit have central air or air conditioning window units? Do all windows and doors shut properly to prevent air from coming in and out? Be sure to think about these things and to also check the windows and doors. Living on the top floor is hardly worth it if the summer months make the space stuffy and hot.

3. Consider Move-In Time

Moving is a hassle no matter where you’re going, but it can be even more taxing if you have to carry furniture up multiple flights of stairs to a top floor apartment. When you’re looking at an apartment on an upper level, be sure to check and see if there is an elevator. While moving can certainly be done without one, it may not be worth it if you’re only planning on living in a place short term. Furthermore, consider whether or not you’re okay not having access to an elevator. Carrying groceries up the stairs can become a real chore before too long.

A top floor apartment can definitely be more secure than a ground or garden level apartment. Be sure to weight the pros and cons of living in a top floor unit before you sign your lease.

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Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.

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