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Which Floor Should You Rent a Home On?

30 September 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

The only way is up. Or is it? That’s the question posed to many renters who move into shiny apartment buildings. Do you go for penthouse views at the top, sandwich yourself comfortably in the middle or keep close to the action on the ground?

Choosing a floor to live on is never as simple as going for the available apartments. Lots of renters have requirements when it comes to moving home, and having a favoured floor is often one of them.

Young families might prefer the ground, while other renters may desire to be anywhere but. There are lots of factors to take into account when moving into a floor of a building.

If you’re struggling to decide which floor is the best for your move, worry not! We’ve put this handy guide together that details everything you need to know about which floor you should rent on.

View from the top

Historically speaking, the top floor is where it’s at. You’re likely to get the best views available, and there’s something special about living at the very top. There’s less noise, as you don’t need to worry about residents making noise above you. So you can say goodbye to foot traffic.

View from a top floor apartment

Then there are those sweet, sweet views. Depending on where the property is located, you might be able to enjoy some sweeping panoramas of the local area – be it the London skyline or Beetham Tower views in Manchester.

Living in the room at the top isn’t all good news, though. If there’s no apartment, top-floor apartments can prove exhausting for young families who need to carry items like pushchairs up and down the stairs. There’s also the price to consider: properties on higher floors tend to command a rental premium, even though the layout is probably the same as lower-floor apartments.

Living life in the middle

Living on the middle floor is just fine, and that’s about as exciting as it gets. If you’re on floor 10 out of 20, there isn’t much to shout home about. Of course, you get added security the higher up you are, so that’s definitely something. Apartments sandwiched between others are usually warmer too, as everything around you is in use. This could make your apartment slightly more cost-efficient during the winter.

Middle floor apartment

Then again, heat rises, so it’s a perk that you will also get with a top floor property. Rental prices are a benefit often associated with middle-floor homes. There’s no premium to pay, which means your monthly rent should be lower than apartments that are higher up.

One of the negatives, however, is that you have neighbours above you, below you and on either side of you. For some, this can feel a little claustrophobic, and there’s a noise factor to take into account too. Expect more noise if you’re living on the middle floor.

Keeping it grounded

We’re left with the ground floor, which are a bit like marmite: you either love them or hate them. But let’s look at the pros they offer. 

Being on the ground floor means that you’re close to everything. If there are communal areas, they are probably just a few steps from your apartment. There’s no trawling up flights of stairs or always relying on the lift every time you enter or leave the building either.

Ground floor apartment with a terrace

Ground floor homes can also feature outside space, typically in the form of a private garden or terrace. If you’re into the great outdoors, having a terrace should be more appealing than a balcony. Young families also needn’t worry about lugging prams, nappies and car seats up down flights of stairs or packing out the lift. It’s just much easier living on the ground floor if you’ve got a small family.

It’s not all roses living on the ground floor, however. Security might be a concern, as ground floor apartments are easier to break into. You can also feel much closer to the street, even if the building isn’t on a main road. 

Which floor is the holy grail?

The floor that you choose to live on will come down to multiple factors, such as affordability, the number of people living in the home and personal preference. Some people love being up high in the sky, while others prefer to be on the ground. Whether you’re at the top, in the middle or on the ground, each one has its pros and cons. The right floor for you is essentially the place you can call “home”.

But if we were given a choice, it would be hard to beat a home with a view 😉. 

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