Handy Secrets about Townhouses, Detached Homes and Condos

Handy cleaners see all types and sizes of homes, from the suburban detached home with what resembles rolling hills in the backyard, to townhouses that make for a quaint neighbourhood atmosphere, all the way to small condos and apartments in the city. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of each of these homes? Handy has a theory that will surprise you when you hear it.

The Lovely Townhouse

 While we can know the following facts just by throwing an eye at the townhouse, from the shared walls, the backyard and front-yard greenery and the likely friendly neighbourhood as a result of close quarters, you may not know that townhouses are very difficult to get accepted for renovations. This is because townhouses are strung together by the Home Owners Association (HOA), in which maintenance fees are sent from the homeowners to the association. This makes it more difficult to then break down walls or hang up items without approval, which can take many weeks at a time. You are not a sole entity when you live in a townhouse, figuratively and metaphorically. Some Handy employees will report the lack of creativity in these homes since homeowners become frustrated with the red tape to get anything done. That cool kitchen renovation that ebbs on minimalism? Wait on it for enough time and you may lose creativity.

The White-Picket Fence Dream Home

 This is the home that most Americans dream of, especially those with a Great Gatsby-like fantasy in their minds. The Modern American Dream plays out as this: Have an astounding career where you climb the corporate ladder to then live out your dream of (fill in the blanks here for your dream profession), be married to the man of your dreams and have one or two kids with him, live in a large home with a porch and a white-picket fence. Life can’t get any happier than this, can it? Well, with a great fence to protect your home and a loving family to act as your foundation, there are some disadvantages to owning such a large home believe it or not. Yes, privacy and independence are at the peak in a detached dream home like the one previously described, but maintenance and cleaning are at an all-time high. It just happens that everything in your home will break down all at the same time. From the washing machine or the basement freezer breaking down, or perhaps the kitchen sink is clogged up. One event happens right after the other one, and you soon enough realize that you’re racking up thousands of dollars in repair fees. As for the cleaning bill, you can try keeping it at a minimum by contracting out the work through Handy services.

The Oversaturated Apartment or Condominium

 Often in the city, everyone wishes to live the hair-down freedom that comes with an apartment life. However, if you are paying rent for the condo that you’re cohabitating with a roommate or partner, then it could easily cost you $1,000 a month for this specialty. Also, if you are a homebuyer of such an establishment it becomes much more difficult to sell afterwards. Be wary of these threats, yet take complete advantage of lowered utility bills and maintenance coverage that are rare instances in a detached home purchase.

 

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