Friday, February 21, 2014

Pros & cons of buying a detached house

Whether you're thinking of buying a pre-owned home with a ready-made structure or buying your own plot of land and building your own house according to your needs, the detached home is something to consider.

With this type of property, home remodelling projects such as adding a new wing or taking down a wall are possible.

Flexibility

A detached house offers the most freedom and flexibility when it comes to design and renovating. With this type of property, home remodelling projects such as adding a new wing or taking down a wall are possible. This allows your home to grow with your changing needs and lifestyle. 

Privacy

A detached house provides more privacy with fences and a private gate to your property. Unlike other properties such as townhouses and condo units, a detached house doesn’t have shared floors, walls and ceilings. You may also opt to have a bigger setback to your home structure, with a lanai, garden or even a pool. 

Security

Some detached houses are part of a subdivision or a gated community. This provides considerably better security for your home and it may also be built on a plot of land in a residential area. Location is crucial if you go the non-gated community route, as some areas are more prone to robberies and other dangers. Some homeowners hire a security guard or keep dogs by the gate to avoid crime.  

Fees

Along with the many advantages of owning a detached house come the inevitable responsibilities. Some detached houses are part of a homeowner’s association, particularly if it’s in a gated community. If this is the case, there are monthly fees that you'll have to pay for upkeep and maintenance of common areas. 

Maintenance

As for the maintenance of the home, the expenses may be larger when compared to townhouses and condos, as these have smaller areas. Having the luxury of more private spaces and amenities will simply require more effort to clean and maintain. Larger detached houses may be difficult to maintain on your own and you may need to hire house help to keep your house neat and tidy. Consider these added expenses as well.


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