Which Floor To Choose When Buying A House In A High-rise Building?

Ever since humans have started using the art of multiplication in a wanton manner, without any regard to the limited nature of natural resources, also comprising of land, dwellings have been growing in the vertical direction, as opposed to the horizontal sprawl of the past. And adding to this vertical development is the desire of people, wanting to command unobstructed, domineering views of their surroundings. Whatever may be the reason, high-rise buildings are now a studded jewel of every town and city’s skyline; consequently, people are often found facing the question of – “Which Floor Would Be The Most Ideal?”. While at the end of the day it all boils down to what you want, here are certain factors that can help you make a sound decision.


Even without the slightest bit of hesitation, we all know that the best of views is found on the top floor! The higher you go, the better, scenic, and different your view. And if you live in a place with scenic beauty, then the allure of living on the top floor is difficult to resist.

Here’s what you get to see from the top floor of Shree Tirumala Omkar (Nashik)

Rental Returns:

The majority of surveys always show that from the point of view of rent, the lower floors always get priority over top floors. Be it because of the ease to move stuff when shifting, or because of lower rates; but if you’re thinking of buying a flat for investment purposes, then lower floors should be your preference.

Privacy and Noise:

If you’re someone who likes to keep to yourself, live in peace and quiet, then the lower floors are not for you. Owing to common passageways and proximity to the street and entrance, privacy is often disrupted on the lower floors, as opposed to higher floors. The noise from common amenities area, movement of people from common passageways, vehicles passing from the street, or people passing by is highly evident on the lower floors.

However, if the building is so designed as to keep the apartment units on the lower floors away from common entrances, then the noise aspect can still be reduced to an extent.

Energy Consumption:

The higher you move, the longer your air-conditioners are going to run because of increased heat, and the bigger are going to be your power consumption units. The same may also apply to the energy consumed for pumping water up!


Lesser become the intrusions, and the possibilities of disruptions when you move towards the top floors. The possibilities of robberies, or break-ins are more on the ground floors; hence, apartment units on lower floors have to invest more in security measures. However, it all depends on the security measures adopted by the building management.


While most of the people residing on the top floors keep waiting for the elevators, the ones living on the lower floors can easily resort to climbing the stairs and saving time. They also happen to suffer the least in cases when elevators are out of order and do not have to climb all the way up.

Family Convenience:

Lower floors are also most suited for families with very young and old members, as it becomes easy to access facilities for these members, and is also convenient to keep an eye on the kids.

Additionally, in families where a member has a mobility impairment, it becomes convenient to live on the lower floors.

Light and Ventilation:

If you’re a soul that seeks airy, light-filled, well-ventilated rooms, then you need to move to the higher levels, since apartments on the lower floors have comparatively lesser exposure to light and ventilation.

Moreover, the pestering by insects or mosquitoes becomes less on the top floors.

Water Seepage:

The first and the topmost floors are the most susceptible to water seepages and drainage issues. However, again this too depends on the quality of the construction and maintenance systems of the building.


And last but not least, floor rise charges also play a very crucial role in this decision-making process! While in the past the lower floors were more highly charged, in the last decade, moving to the top-level costs more money in majority of the places, depending on the climate and the atmosphere of that particular town/city. Thus, make sure you take into consideration these factors before you arrive to a conclusion. Remember no one decision is ever right or wrong, end of the day it is all just about what works best for you.

We hope this helps you!