5. Deciding on the level of unit
If you have been to new launch developments, you would have notice by now that the ground level and top level units are usually differentiated from the rest. This can be in the form of an open patio, bigger balcony, and a higher ceiling level. And generally on a lower psf basis.
As a result, you might see these units move faster than the rest.
To make things simple, here are the pros and cons on general.
Pros of a ground floor unit:
Bigger PES (private enclosed space) – If you enjoy outdoor dining, and want more outdoor space for gardening.
Direct access – Ground floor units usually have direct access to a garden or even the swimming pool.
Pets friendly – If you have dogs/cats, ground floor units will easily be the safest and better choice.
High ceiling – This is subjective on each development, but most new launch developments will feature a higher ceiling for their ground floor units.
Cons of a ground floor unit:
More pests – Ground floors are the closest to the common areas means that your unit will most likely to be infested with the odd creepy crawlies every now and then.
Units that have a rubbish chute in their homes might have issues with cockroaches, so you will want to have proactive management that will ensure fogging is done every week.
Noise – What is a pro can easily be a con here too, as direct access to the pool or garden also means increased exposure to noise, especially if you are looking to purchase into a kid friendly development.
Privacy – Many ground floor units have common walkways in front of them, so you will have to compromise with less privacy as people can walk by and easily peek in.
Pros of a top floor unit:
Views – This is by far and away the number one reason why anyone would want a top floor unit, particularly when some of the new developments today stand at 40 stories in the sky.
Noise – Again, depending on how high are you are, you could be insulated more from the noise down below.
Privacy – This point could be subjective again, depending on how far apart the blocks are, but you should expect a higher level of privacy than most.
Cons of a top floor unit:
Lift – The higher your unit is, you could spend more time waiting for the lift to get to the top floor.
Fortunately, Treasure at tampines do not have any ground floor units and is only 12th storey high.