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What’s Better? An Apartment Or A House?

There are two kinds of people: those who prefer living in an apartment and those who love living in a house. So which option is better? There’s no possible correct answer. It’s a very complex subject and it depends on a lot of different factors so, ultimately, it’s just a matter of personal preferences. And to figure out which of these two options is best for you, you need to analyze each one.

The pros and cons of apartment living

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The biggest disadvantage for apartments is that, most of the time, they’re considerably smaller than houses. But this shouldn’t be a deal breaker. Learn how to make the most of the space you have. Find ways to save floor space with wall-mounted furniture or to make rooms feel bigger by using the right colors and materials.

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But size becomes a less important factor, compared to the location. If you prefer living in an apartment, then you’ll most likely find better location than those who prefer houses. So take your time and pick an awesome location since, obviously, you can.

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In an apartment, you’re surrounded by neighbors and they may not all be friendly. It you’re the type that likes peace and quiet, you may have trouble finding those things in an apartment. The best thing you can do is try to establish a good relationship with your neighbors from the start. You’ll respect them and they’ll respect you.

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As far as security goes, apartments seem to be the better choice. Some apartment buildings have security guards and a lot of them feature secure front doors which can only be opened with a code or card. Also, it’s less likely for a potential thief to go unnoticed when there are so many neighbors everywhere around you.

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Pet lovers will find apartments to be tricky. If you want a dog, you’ll struggle in such a tight environment. Cats and other types of small pets won’t be bothered by this so I guess your preferences will dictate the type of home you should opt for.

The pros and cons of living in a house.

Houses are better for those who enjoy throwing parties regularly, there’s no doubt about it. Entertaining your friends is a lot more pleasant when you have a yard, several bedrooms and plenty of space in general.

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But a bigger place also means additional maintenance. Think of how easy it is to clean a small apartment compared to a big house. You’ll have a ton of windows to clean, more floors to vacuum and you’ll also have to worry about the outdoor spaces.

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Houses usually include parking spaces or garages and, as you may know, finding a parking space in front of a crowded apartment complex can sometimes an impossible mission.

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You’ll have more freedom and a lot more privacy when living in a house. No neighbors to bother you, no curious eyes spying from the building across the street.

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Houses are a lot cooler than apartments. If there are trees growing around your house, it’s even better. You may not even need air conditioning during summer.

In conclusion, it all depends on your lifestyle and personal preferences. It would be wrong to place one option above the other, generally speaking.

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on January 10, 2011

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Stefan
Stefan is the owner of Homedit.com – he started the site back in November 2008, from his passion for interior design and decorations and since then the site went from being a simple blog to one of the most popular home design websites on the web right now.

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