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Asked on 31 Oct 2019

What are the advantages and disadvantages between staying in the low, middle and high floors? And what should be taken into consideration for the surrounding environment?

Let’s say based on standard 12-15 floors HDB.

Which would be ideal for (based on my priority ranking):

  • Low noise level/privacy

  • Less dusty

  • Bright natural light

Any other factors to consider?

Also, understand that neighbours make a difference to the noise and cleanliness of common spaces.


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Leslie Koh
Leslie Koh
Level 6. Master
Answered on 31 Oct 2019

Since I don’t know what’s the surrounding of the block is, I would say go above 8 to 14th floor, assuming it’s a 15 floors block.

If the majority of your windows are facing:

1) Playground

2) Badminton Court

3) MRT track or station

4) Main roads or expressways

Whichever floor you’re staying at, you will get affected. Higher floors will have slightly lesser noise.

As for dust, again, it depends on the surroundings, if you’re facing main roads and expressways, more dust. You can consider installing those magnetic insect nets on your windows to reduce dust, however, it will restrict wind flowing into your place.

Most of your concerns are addressed based more of the surroundings than the floors itself. Except for privacy, anything above 5 I think it’s good you can’t really see in from ground level. Again, depends if there any elevated areas around your surroundings.

Seems like you’re buying a new house soon.

Just some tips for you:

1) Don’t take the top floor, if the block gets a lot of the sun, the ceiling will trap the heat. Think greenhouse.

2) Try to choose the sun don’t set facing your bedroom walls. Evening sun heats up your bedroom, hotter, aircon works harder to cool down the room. If possible get a unit that has more natural wind coming in.

3) Experience the surroundings on your own. Go visit the unit or the area at peak periods to see where is the noise coming from.

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20 Nov 2019

Biggest problem for low floor is dealing with the pest like cockroaches...And privacy if u r staying at private condo. Midfloor and high floor generally not much problem
Kenneth Quek
Kenneth Quek
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 21 Nov 2019

Frankly, if you're able to, take the time to visit the different apartments at different times of the day and night to compare.

I say this because generalisations don't always work. Apartments facing busy roads, expressways or mrt tracks may be noisier on the upper floors as opposed to the ground floor. Nowadays, some HDB areas have pavilions for social gatherings, but these pavilions cause loud echos when people use them. Etc etc.

Best thing to do is to make the time to visit and take a look for yourself.


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Gabriel Tham
Gabriel Tham, Tag Team Member at Kenichi Tag Team
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 21 Nov 2019

Low floor: noisy from void deck, carpark and roads. Also, anything drop from above floors sure hit, like dripping wet clothes, cigarettes, rubbish.

Middle floor similar to low floor depending on which middle.

High floor: Good scenery, windy, good to feel natural wind. 1 bad thing is if lift breakdown, good luck to climbing stairs.


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Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 21 Nov 2019

Low floor, be prepare to deal with pests n insects. High floor, will be good to be higher than the tallest branch of the trees near your windows.


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Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 20 Nov 2019

Pros of high floor

  • Windy

  • Less noise from ground level

  • Better view

  • Higher ceiling (for top floor)


  • Dusty (because its windy, make sense?)

  • Noise from the roof if there is maintenance going on


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