If you’re going to lease an apartment, which do you prefer, upstairs or downstairs? There really isn’t a correct answer, it all depends on your preferences!
Both have pros and cons, let’s check them out:
- Noise from Upstairs Neighbors – The number one pro of living upstairs is that you never have to worry about hearing people living above you. This is also the most likely con of living downstairs. However, this really depends on where you live. If you apartment community is older and hasn’t been renovated to help block out stomping/noise or just the walking around of upstairs neighbors, yes, this can be quite an annoying con of living downstairs. However, most new communities are built so that any noise coming from upstairs is muffled to non-existance.
- The Convenience of Not Having to Use the Stairs or Elevators – If you despise walking stairs or waiting for the elevator, a downstairs apartment might be a better fit for you. It’s easier to carry your groceries to a downstairs apartment and it’s also quicker to get to your car. This often isn’t a dealbreaker, but a nice convenience of living downstairs.
- Those Upstairs Views – Let’s face it, the higher you go, usually the better the view you have. Of course, this all depends on where your apartment community is located, but if it’s somewhere with gorgeous views, this is a good pro to consider!
- Pricing – Generally upstairs apartments are more expensive than downstairs. So if pricing is super important, one of the benefits of living downstairs is a slightly lower rental price.
- Heating & Cooling – Can’t stand that summer heat inside your apartment? Keep in mind upstairs apartments are generally warmer than downstairs since heat rises. You’ll also want to take into consideration higher energy bills if you’re running the AC.
- Outdoor Space – While upstairs apartments may have better views, one thing they definitely won’t have is an actual yard, and often feature a smaller balcony/patio area. While a small backyard isn’t always an option when it comes to apartment living, this is something to consider if you have pets or kids.
- Natural Light – If you’re a lover of bright open spaces, upstairs apartments generally have more natural light – something to consider if this is important to you.
- Emergency Evacuation – Lastly, in the case of an emergency, downstairs apartments are quicker to evacuate. Of course, your apartment will have an emergency evacuation plan for anywhere in your apartment community, but if this is a concern to you, then downstairs may be more desirable in this situation.
As you can see there are plenty of pros and cons for both upstairs and downstairs living. Tip? Take into account each apartment community you look at and ask your leasing agent what they suggest for your preferences!