The time has come for you to find a new abode. One of the first decisions you will need to make is what kind of housing to look for. In most areas, you have three primary choices: single-family homes, condos, and apartments. All of these options have their own pros and cons. Apartments tend to be affordable to rent, and they're widely available. With a condo, you can actually own and build equity in your space, but you don't have to do any exterior maintenance. Single-family homes often cost more, but if either renting or buying one is within your budget, you can look forward to the following advantages.
You have more privacy.
In both apartments and condos, you have neighbors nearby. This can be nice when you want to socialize, but for most people, home time is alone time. In a single-family home, you don't have to worry about bothering neighbors if you decide to practice your piano at 2 am or about neighbors bothering you when they decide to blast 80s rock at midnight. Your conversations are less likely to be overheard, and you don't have to be as conscious about always keeping the blinds drawn.
You'll have outdoor space.
Some apartment communities and condo communities have outdoor space that residents can share — but that's not the same as having your own backyard. You can set it up however you want, have people over for barbecue parties, let the kids play baseball, and so forth. Spending time outside is good for your mental and physical health, and you'll likely do more of that when you have your own yard.
You can change the inside and the outside.
In an apartment, you won't be allowed to make very many changes at all to the space. In a condo, you will be allowed to make some changes to the interior within condo regulations, but you won't have any control over what the exterior looks like. In a single-family home, you have free reign to customize the building to your liking both inside and out. Change the paint color, get new carpet, get new siding — it is really nice to have that control over your space.
Apartments and condos can be perfectly nice spaces to live, but if you are craving more outdoor space, privacy, and control, then a single-family home is the best choice. Talk to a real estate agent to start looking for single-family homes in your area.
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