As more and more homebuyers opt to stay in high buildings, one question always arises. Higher floor or lower floor units? In newly-launched high-rise residential projects, units on higher floors are usually tagged at a higher price than those on the lower levels. Does this mean that the higher floors are better units? Here are some pros and cons of living in high or low-floor units.
Pros of higher floor units
- Less noise: You will be less likely to hear road traffic sounds and vibrations caused by public rail transportation which can be a nuisance.
- Better view: Wake up to a nice overview of your surroundings especially if you are facing the seafront or those located at the coastline.
- Better security: Break-ins may not be as easy as thieves tend to choose the lower floors with easy accessibility to get away quickly.
Cons of higher floor units
- Breakdown of lifts: The most feared scenario – All lifts are down and you are living on the 20th floor. This is especially difficult if you have elderly or young children living together with you.
- More expensive rent: Be prepared to pay at least a 15-20% premium for higher units due to the privacy and scenic views it will command.
- Heat: Higher floor units are usually hotter, so be prepared to fork out more for your electricity fees.
Pros of lower floor units
- Cheaper units: No view but that’s ok! You get to save more than 15-20% and combined with the savings from your electricity cost due to lower heat, hey, that’s a gain!
- Easier accessibility: In case of a lift breakdown, you do not have to worry as you would still be able to go up and down the stairs without much hassle.
Cons of lower floor units
- Higher noise level: Be prepared for more noise especially if you are also facing the pool when more residents patronize the facilities over the weekend.
- Expensive security: You have to invest more in your home security as thieves will often target units due to easy accessibility.
- Pests: Lizards and cockroaches are more likely to appear in your unit as compared to the higher ones.
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