It’s not hard to see why high ceilings are highly-coveted real estate assets: Being typically found in pre-war homes, they give a historic feel and evoke a sense of grandeur. After all, a chandelier looks a bit more stately hanging from a 18-foot ceiling than an eight-foot one.

They’re not just impressive looking, either. Tall ceilings also make spaces look and feel bigger than they actually are—a nifty trick in otherwise small apartments.

But such great heights often come with unanticipated inconveniences. According to Caroline Bass, a real estate agent with Corcoran in New York City, high ceilings aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Here are four reasons she says this architectural indulgence usually ends up being less-than-luxurious for homeowners:


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