Are you young and single, wanting to live in the big city? Or are you looking to settle down in the suburbs with your family? There are a number of homes and neighbourhoods that can fit your lifestyle. Once you know what to look for, you’ll be able to find the perfect home to move into. Here are a few tips on how find the home that fits your style:
Understanding the different needs each lifestyle has
Whether you’re single, married, have kids or you’re retired – we all want a home that fits our needs.
Here are some considerations to keep in mind for the most common lifestyles:
You know the old saying: “Have fun while you’re young and single!”
With no spouse and kids, it’s just you – which means you get the only say in how and where you live. Most of the time, single individuals opt to live in urban areas that are always popping with activities. Nightlife, restaurants, shopping centres and arenas – where things are always happening!
Another pro about being single is that you don’t need to be concerned about space for anyone else. You can live in a place as small as a condo or a house with fewer rooms.
Depending on where you are in your relationship and what you both want, find the home that fits your style.
Younger couples may not need as much space and choose to live in urban areas where there are a number of activities. If you’re planning on raising a family eventually, you may decide to move to a suburban neighbourhood closer to schools, playgrounds and activities for kids.
Understanding what you both want long-term can help you find a home that meets the needs of the lifestyle you desire.
If you’re a parent, kid-friendly neighbourhoods are your place to be!
Having nearby schools, playgrounds and activities for kids can make all the difference. Safety is also key to choosing the right place to live with your growing family.
Most individuals with kids choose to live in quieter suburban neighbourhoods, often surrounded by other families with children. These neighbourhoods usually have great schools, convenient local stores and a focus on safety. They will also have bigger homes that accommodate large families.
When you’re retired, all you want to do is relax.
That means a quiet, safe town that’s also near necessary places such as grocery stores, pharmacies and doctor’s clinics.
Without the worry of kids, you can also opt for a smaller home that has the best features to help you kick back and relax – large gardens, front porches and hot tubs are always popular!
Different types of homes
The process of finding the home that fits your style includes understanding the types of homes out there and what their benefits are.
Here are some common options:
Condominiums are the perfect options for homeowners who want their own space but don’t want to go through the hassle of maintaining the overall building or outside area.
It’s also a great option for individuals who prefer to live within an attached community with common areas and building safety. Condos are perfect for anyone who likes to travel or splits their time between home and vacation properties.
Those who are considering a condo need to make sure that any building or strata fees work within their budget.
Also, it’s important to know that each building will have its own set of rules and regulations you’ll have to abide by. There will likely be building maintenance fees, but you can also have access to a number of amenities.
Similar to condos, townhouses are a great option for individuals who are seeking to live within a safe community but will appeal especially to anyone looking for more space and maybe even a small yard to call their own.
Some other benefits of living in a townhouse are the possibility of having a garage, easy access to the ground level without needing an elevator and not having neighbours above or below you.
Townhouses also require less maintenance than a house but you most likely have to pay a monthly fee in order to have the exterior of your house maintained. Although the benefit of paying these fees may be the addition of several great amenities.
Living in single houses offers the most privacy, space and autonomy to make your own decisions.
Unlike townhouses and condos which have specific rules or may require you to ask for permission to renovate, single house owners get to make the decisions on their own, as long as they are following local bylaws and regulations.
You’ll get more independence with this option and no rules and regulations to follow. You’ll also have no monthly strata fees, but any maintenance and renovation costs outside and inside the house will have to be paid for by yourself.
Are you planning on moving soon and need a hand? Contact us today and our team of professional movers can give you an estimate!