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We don’t always get to decide whether we’re going to live in an apartment or a house. Still, once we get the chance to choose; and our budget is strong enough to support our decision, we start employing our personal preferences; and we let them determine for us.

People would probably be divided on the basis: living in apartment vs house; whereas some are quite likely to change their minds after a proper advantage/disadvantage analysis.

Even if you’re not making the lifetime purchase, is it better to rent a house or an apartment? There is no general answer to this question: the choice is personal; and it depends on a variety of factors. However, a proper pros/cons analysis of both options is a good way to start deciding.

The advantages and disadvantages of living in an apartment

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To live in an apartment means having access to a variety of conveniences and amenities, and this is not exactly the case with private houses. Neighborhood stores, pools, gyms, communal barbeques, parking, and security services are just few of these accessible delights.

In terms of security, apartments are the best choice. Residential buildings are monitored 24/7, either by security guards; or security systems that enable entrance only with cards or security codes. It means that thieves are not just unlikely to enter the building, but also that they would hardly go unnoticed by your neighbors.

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Additionally, private houses come with responsibilities: once something is broken or dysfunctional, you are the one expected to deal with it, or call a maintenance team to fix it. It may be a problematic experience, since plumbers or electricians will take time to locate the place; and will probably charge a fortune for the simplest service.

On the other hand, residential buildings have their own maintenance teams, which can take care of your problems in no time. It means you’ll be under less stress and anxiety, and you’ll pay nothing to get your digits fixed.

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The best side of living in an apartment, however, is interaction and communication. You’ll be surrounded by people who want to socialize; and you’re very likely to create lifetime friendships and communications. If you really enjoy socializing, having coffees, or barbeques, apartments are the perfect place for you.

However, apartments are not ideal. They come with a set of disadvantages (ones that are nicely-wrapped; and almost invisible at first sight). For many people, the decisive con is size: apartments are most of the time smaller than an average house; and they therefore provide fewer opportunities for decoration and personalization.

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A modest consolation for this disadvantage is that you’ll have less space to clean.

Another concern when living in an apartment is privacy. Being surrounded by so many people may seem odd for tenants used to live in houses; especially once they have to deal with the ‘less neighbor-friendly’ habits of their next-door friends. Neighbors happen to be singers; party beasts; or parents of a sobbing infant; and we just have to be tolerant the way we would want them to be towards us.

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We don’t recommend apartments to dog owners either. When you own a dog in an apartment, both you and the dog will struggle to share such a small environment. Still, cats or other small pets will not have a problem with the size of your apartment; and they will adjust even faster than you.

Summing up, the decision to purchase or rent an apartment is a question of personal needs and preferences. Some people choose apartments because they don’t have too much money to spend at that moment; others because they live alone and they don’t need a lot of space; while some simply love the residential lifestyle and its social aspect.

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Apartments are also perfect for people who want to keep expenses low or such that are going through a ‘transitional’ period in their lives and they don’t know what they will do next. As you already saw, living in an apartment has its good and bad sides; and you have to compare those before making an appropriate decision.

The advantages and disadvantages of living in a house

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You want people to visit you and to enjoy your parties? A house is definitely what you need! Having large dining rooms and amazing backyards is perfect for organizing friendly gatherings; especially if you have enough guest rooms to support your hospitality.

House owners would agree that having a house provides freedom: you’re completely free to make your own adjustments; to add or extend parts; and to decorate it according to your own wishes. You might struggle to get a building permission, but if you own the land, you’re theoretically able to do whatever you want with it. Basically, your house-your rules!

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When you buy a pre-made house, it usually comes with a garage or a parking space, while ensuring such in front of a packed building can turn into a real nightmare.

Houses are also great for tackling privacy issues: you’ll be able to do whatever you want, without having neighbors ‘on your neck’ because of loud music, morning footsteps, or balcony parties. When you live in a house, you deprive neighbors from their ability to complain; the same as their curious eyes from ‘recording’ whatever is happening to you.

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You may not be the most passionate gardener, but you’ll certainly not refuse a pleasant yard where you can relax and drink a glass of good wine. Who knows, maybe you’ll feel inspired to plant some flowers one day.

If you live in a hot region, then you should have no second thought on whether to buy a house or not. Houses are usually cooler than apartments; and with the proper isolation and tree shadow, there will be no need of air conditioning.

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Last, but not least-space! Houses are much larger than apartments, which gives you the opportunity to experiment with design solutions; and to modify the living space according to your needs.

Still, not everything about houses is so perfect. A larger space will require bigger maintenance efforts, with tones of floors and windows to keep in the perfect condition. A large outdoor area will not make things easier either. Besides, it is very likely to exhaust your monthly budget because of higher electricity, water, or gas bills.

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In addition, buying a house equals to making a lifetime commitment. A house needs constant care and attention, and is therefore not the right choice for people who spend most of their time working or traveling.

Still not sure which decision to make? Fortunately enough, there are ‘middle-way’ options, something like purchasing a floor in a small building; or an independent villa in a gated colony. In such way, you’ll be able to benefit from the advantages of both houses and apartments; and to have a similar freedom level as the one available in personal houses.

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Still, there might be certain disadvantages, such as a contract which limits your outdoor space; or the design flexibility to decorate your own place.

Whatever you choose, make sure it fulfills your personal needs and wishes; not only those you have at the moment, but also the prospective ones. The most important thing is to find a place which offers everything you need; and creates a warm feeling of homeliness and happiness.