3 Things to Consider When Choosing Between a Single-Family Home and a Townhome

Dated: January 25 2021

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3 Things to Consider When Choosing Between a Single-Family Home and a Townhome

You’re ready to purchase your first home. You know the area where you want to live and how much you want to spend. What you’re not sure of is whether you want a single-family home or a townhome. You should consider the lifestyle differences between the two so you can make an informed choice. Your agent can help you decide which property type will best suit your needs. Here are three major differences between the two.

Upkeep

When it comes to owning a single-family residence all of the upkeep and maintenance of your property is your responsibility. You’ll need to perform tasks like cutting the lawn, cleaning gutters, and replacing air filters to keep your home and property in good working order.

Townhome owners are usually a part of a larger community association that takes care of many of the exterior tasks you’d handle if you owned a single-family home. The association typically handles the upkeep of shared outdoor areas within the community, and may maintain portions of your lawn, as well as clean your gutters.

Space and Limitations

There are many exceptions, but single-family homes tend to be bigger than townhomes, which means more square footage for your family to spread out. Also, if your single-family home isn’t governed by a homeowners’ association, you can pretty much do what you want with your house—including painting the exterior in a color of your choice, expanding the footprint of your residence, or installing a deck or pool.

Townhomes, which are typically smaller, often have limitations on what you can do to their exteriors, since they are usually overseen by a community association. You’ll likely not be able to alter exterior colors, or expand the footprint of the structure. You may require approval for the addition or alteration of things like storm doors, decking, and fencing.

Closeness to Neighbors

In a townhome you share at least one wall with neighbors, sometimes two, which means you may hear music, parties, or crying babies.

With a single-family residence you can have more space between you and your neighbors, which means more privacy, and most likely more quietude.

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Chip Boyer

Chip is the IT Manager for Alex MacWilliam Real Estate. He handles the technology needs of the company as well as helping agents in their day to day problem solving.....

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