In such a diverse world filled with vast rural areas and thriving populous cities, you'll find that housing choices are just as diverse as the people who live in them. Today, we would like to present the pros and cons of living within either of these two paradigms... A house or an apartment?
Now, we are not going to be touching on those who have no choice in the matter. Our post today will deal with intrinsic desires that are outlined by your personality and what you specifically want out of your next living arrangement. As you might imagine, with a topic dealing with preference, there is no overall “right” answer. There is only what is right for you specifically. In short, it's all a matter of personal preference.
Some benefits of apartment living.
The first and probably biggest benefit of apartment life is that you will not have a building to maintain. The forces of nature take their toll on even the most sturdy of structures. In choosing an apartment, you will forego needing to keep up on repairs that inevitably pop up over time.
Probably the next best thing about living in an apartment is especially for those who love living in big cities. As you may have noticed, actual housing is sparse in the larger downtown areas in the United States. This leaves you with the option to rent an apartment or, buy a condominium. Typically, you'll find that the larger common dwellings in major cities often are in prime real estate spots within the city. By choosing an apartment, you'll be able to choose a really prime location that should be convenient to shopping and potential workplaces.
If your destination is a city, particularly, you will find that Apartment complexes often offer and added layer of security and safety. The primary factor here is simply because apartments will often employ security guards and have master entryways that are accessible only to those with implicit access.
Some drawbacks of apartment living.
If you are someone who enjoys living around people, you'll find that apartment living is right up your alley. However, if you are one who highly values peace and quiet... You're going to find that is a commodity that comes rarely when you are in a building surrounded by other people (and sometimes pets). Which, brings us to the next point... If you do have pets, you will find that many apartment and condo complexes will often limit or prohibit your ability to have pets. If you love having a furry companion with you at all times, you may want to consider living in a house.
Some benefits of living in a house.
The first thing you will find, is that living in a house will typically provide you with more living space for your dollar. Houses (especially newer homes), tend to provide a lot more space for people, pets, belongings, and the like. If you are someone who values having a lot of space, you will want to explore your options in the actual housing market before looking to consider a smaller living space.
Along the same ilk, if you are one who enjoys entertaining company. Whether it be for parties, barbecues, or family holiday gatherings... You'll find that this is something which is much easier to do in a house for a number of reasons. Foremost of these reasons happens to be space. Space for people, parking space, you get the idea.
As we alluded to above, if you are someone who values privacy and peace and quiet, a home will be your best choice. If the added responsibility of maintenance doesn't bother you, the privacy afforded by a home will more than make up for it.
Some drawbacks of living in a house.
Most of the drawbacks of living in a house are primarily related to the amount of added work and expense to keep it maintained and in tip-top condition. In addition to needing to keep your possessions inside kept up, you will also have land that you will need to tend to, the exterior of the building to maintain, as well as any repairs that might arise inside the house as well. With an apartment, typically, all of this is covered by the entity which owns the complex. When you own a home, you also own the problems that come with it. However, if you value living under your own roof and enjoy the added privacy and freedom that comes along with it, it is worth it in the end.
So, when push comes to shove, the decision is one that only you can make. However, it is one that you should truly consider with the most discerning mind. Especially if you plan on buying a house. It is not always a decision that you can easily walk away from.
October 17, 2018
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