There are so many articles out there that focus on how to decorate your home’s interiors, what storage solutions will work best for you, and how to keep your home neat and tidy. But what about finding the right property to suit all of your needs in the first place?
House hunting can often leave us feeling overwhelmed and a little lost. Estate agents use all sorts of terms that we may not be familiar with, and sometimes we don’t have sufficient time to conduct viewings of every single type of property on the market to find out.
But not to worry, that’s where we come in to help! Here’s a brief guide to some of the different types of properties that will currently be listed on the housing market!
Studio apartments are perhaps the smallest form of housing. This type of accommodation tends to be much more common in major cities where space is limited. It’s not surprising, then, that a lot of homes in central Paris, London, and New York tend to fit into this property description. So, what actually is a studio apartment?
Well, it is generally a self-contained unit that features one room with a bed and kitchen and a small bathroom connected. Of course, this isn’t ideal for families. So it tends to be the stomping ground of single professionals and young individuals who are testing the first rung of the property ladder.
One Bedroom Apartments
The one bedroom apartment is the next step up from the studio apartment. It works on a similar principle but tends to have a little more space, as everything isn’t cramped into one room. Apartments for sale are likely to have an open plan living space and kitchen, or a living space and kitchen in separate rooms, but the bedroom itself will be through another door. Most will have an en-suite as well as a bathroom.
They are great for couples or individuals with a few more belongings to be accommodated.
Larger properties are often referred to as “family homes”, as they have more space to spare. However, they don’t necessarily have to be inhabited by a family. If you live alone or with a partner, you can put your spare rooms to other good use, such as spare rooms for guests, a home office, or a walk in wardrobe! Here are a few different types of larger properties that you might want to consider.
A detached property is perhaps the most desirable form of family home. You have your own, independent property. It is free-standing and isolated. You are less likely to have arguments with the neighbours about where one property ends and another begins (something that generally causes tension over garden space and driveways with other forms of properties).
Semi-detached properties are essentially two detached properties joined together by one wall. They are usually designed when space is sparse. They have many of the same features as any other detached property of similar size, but are likely to be a little cheaper due to sharing a wall with a neighbour.
When you see a row of properties that are completely joined to one another (other than the two properties at either end of the interlinked chain), you’re looking at “terraced” homes. While they tend to be larger family homes, the properties that lie in the middle tend to come with a much cheaper price tag, making them ideal for people with a lower budget. You don’t lose out on space or design – usually each house in the row will look exactly the same inside and out. All you have to do in return is be a quiet and respectful neighbour, as your neighbours are more likely to be disturbed by excessive noise travelling straight through the walls.
These are just a few different options that will be available on your local housing market. Of course, there are others, but these tend to be the most popular type of builds for young professionals who are moving up the property ladder one rung at a time! But just remember to choose whatever feels best for you when you see it. It’s not unheard of for young adults to live in bungalows, even though these are more commonly associated with the elderly.
If you have a little more cash to spare in your budget, you could even consider every home-owners dream – the self build, where you design and build your property up from the ground yourself!
Remember that it’s going to be the place that you live for an extended period of time, so you need to put your priorities first!
Do you have any advice for anyone moving?
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