Thinking about moving into a townhouse? Read this article before sealing that deal.
Townhouses are homes built side-by-side, so each unit, except for the first and the last, shares two or more walls with each other. Townhouses are usually located in densely populated locations, and are very popular among single people, as well as couples who are just starting a family. Buying a property is a big commitment, so if you are in the market for a townhouse for sale, it would be better to weigh the pros and cons beforehand to determine if it is the right property for you. Here are some of the things that you will want to keep in mind.
The benefit of a townhouse when it comes to price is that it is relatively more affordable than single-detached houses or condos. If you have a certain budget to work with, then this is something to keep in mind. However, if your townhouse belongs to a community, you will have to deal with homeowner association fees, which are paid for services like maintenance and repairs.
image by Kevin Rosseel
Living in a townhouse means that you will have a lot of neighbors that you will meet and can keep you company. This will also give you a sense of safety, since, as the adage goes, there is safety in groups. The downside of this is that you may not get as much privacy as you want, even indoors, since your properties are adjacent with each other. Another thing you need to consider is the noise; whether it is music blaring from next door, or the neighbor’s kids running around and screaming, these will take a lot of getting used to.
Townhouses normally don’t have lawns, which means that you can save time and energy that you would have had to spend cleaning up, tending to and mowing one. On the other hand, if you have children who enjoy playing outdoors, they won’t have as much fun playing in a limited outdoor area.
Once you have considered all of these factors and have confirmed your decision to buy a townhouse, it’s just a matter of locating townhouses for sale that are also convenient in terms of size, location and proximity to necessities, such as your place of work, schools, banks and restaurants. Just be sure to keep you options open before making a decision and signing papers.
Jillian Cariola, Writer
(cover image by Kevin Rosseel)