The height of the house is an essential criterion for choosing a property. When buying or renting, people often bypass the first or last floor, as stereotypes and prejudices focus exclusively on disadvantages. Undoubtedly, the choice of the floor affects the quality of life: health and safety, air purity, and noise level. It is necessary to assess not only your preferences but also the real risks and benefits.
If you live on the first floor you don’t have to wait for the elevator or go up several flights of stairs. In such an apartment it is possible to enlarge the balcony, to equip a small open space such as a courtyard or a front garden. The lack of a view is a serious problem for those who want to “sit up high.” If you crave city lights or stunning views, you should consider options on higher floors. Safety on the first floor is a moot point. You have a better chance of getting out of your home quickly during an emergency evacuation. However, in the case of burglars, the first floor is the least safe.
Easy entry and exit from your home mean that the main door is always a few steps away and there is no need to use the elevator. The first floor is probably ideal if you have children, dogs, or go out frequently. At the same time, noise and constant people under the windows is one of the main problems. No one likes the peeking and excessive curiosity of passers-by and neighbors.
Thinking about the top floor of a high-rise, one imagines a penthouse in the center of town or overlooking a picturesque park. In reality, things are different. Not all houses are new buildings with an excellent view and fresh finishes. The older the property, the greater the likelihood of problems with the roof and communications, which will fall on your shoulders. In addition, if the building does not have a technical floor, in the summer the roof will overheat. It follows that the apartment will be very hot and difficult to stay in without air conditioning. In winter, because of the lack of a technical floor, the roof can leak and in general be colder than in the apartments below.
You’re walking home from work, on the way you bought some groceries, you went to the entrance and the elevator doesn’t work. Sound familiar? Now imagine that you have to go to the 9th floor or better yet to the 14th. Although no, ideally the 25th floor. Dependence on elevators is a serious disadvantage of the last floor. Sometimes it can be difficult to carry yourself to the apartment, not to mention the extra weight.
Security is paramount. On the one hand, the risk of being robbed on the top floor is low. It is unlikely that they will break your window and take your equipment and jewellery. But in the event of a fire, there is a risk of not being rescued or losing property before the special fire truck. On the other hand, the risk of falling out and injuring especially young children is extremely high. In addition, general cleaning is more difficult and scary to clean windows, and it is better to use the services of specially trained people. The pluses of apartments on the top floor of houses on the secondary market and in new buildings are about the same: no neighbors from above, less noise, and cleaner air. No one stomping “on your head,” no drowning, no trash dumping from above, and no mats shaking off the balcony.
The pros, as well as the cons, are many, and the choice depends on needs, desires, and finances. If you rent, you can always try different options and decide what is closer. If it is a question of buying a home, it is worth a good weighing of the pros and cons.