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Single Family Home vs Condos: How to Know Which One is Right for You

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 20 December 2016 22:36

If you have decided to make the wise decision to buy your next home, you may be exploring the real estate market in search of the best property for your needs. Through your search efforts, you will be required to narrow down the scope of your search by property type, and the two main options available to you are a single family home or a condo unit. These two property types are similar in many ways, but you will find that there are some key differences that may make one option a better choice for you than the other.

A Yard
One of the most significant differences between a condo and a single family home is the yard space. Most condos do not have a yard, and those that do often have a very small yard space that you could easily maintain with a weed wacker rather than a mower. If you have kids or dogs that may enjoy running freely in a large backyard, a single family home may be a better option.

Exterior Home Maintenance
Another key difference between a single family home and a condo is exterior home maintenance. This includes yard maintenance as well as things like trimming trees, painting the trim on the house and more. You can spend a considerable amount of time as well as money maintaining and improving your home's exterior when you own a single family home. With a condo unit, the condo owner is generally only required to maintain the small backyard, if there is one. The condo association may maintain the front yard and the buildings exterior.

The Size of the Property
A final point to consider is the size of the property. You can easily find a three-bedroom, two bath single family home or condo that has approximately 1,800 square feet or less. However, if you need four bedrooms, a third bathroom, a game room, formal living areas or other special features in your home, you may have a much better selection of options when you look at larger single family homes. A real estate agent from a company like
Sell 4 Free Real Estate Welsh Realty Corp can answer specific questions you have about differences in the floor plans for condos and single family homes.

Carefully consider the size of home you want as well as exterior features when making a decision between buying a condo or a single family home. In addition, focus on your ability and desire to maintain a front yard and the exterior of the home, and think about your need for a spacious backyard. Through these points, you will be able to easily narrow down the options and only consider real estate that meets your specific needs.


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Lizzie Weakley

 About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.

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