Renting a House vs Apartment

by Remy Lacanaria

Posted on 2019-09-19 17:17:01

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Choosing whether to live in an apartment or in a single-family home is a personal preference, but there are a lot of factors to consider whether you want to rent a house or an apartment. You may consider things such as property's location, price, privacy, parking, amenities, and space; these are things that you might want to give attention before deciding on which is a more suitable place to live that suits your lifestyle.


  • SPACE. If you have a growing family, renting a house is more suitable for you as it offers larger living space and more comfortable. It also offers extra space like the garage, the backyard, attic, and basement. Renting a house can be an advantage to rent too if you have a lot of stuff, furniture, and appliances. 


  • AMENITIES. Some renters enjoy the living in the comfort of an apartment because it provides more amenities such as fitness center, business center, community room, playground, tennis park, dog park and swimming pool.


  • PETS. Owning a pet is a responsibility. So, when renting either a house or an apartment, we need to know, whether having a pet is allowed. There are some landlords that do not allow pets in a rental place, while for other landlords who has an affection for animals, owning a pet and bringing it home is allowed. Every landlord has a different pet policy. Some apartments do not allow a pet or at least limit the number of the pet and type of animal they allow due to the reported damage at some point, hygiene of animals and noise that affects the next-door neighbors. However, under the Federal Fair Housing Laws, Emotional Support Animals must be allowed to rental properties even when there is a no-pet policy because it helps aid people with emotional or mental disability.


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  • MAINTENANCE. It depends on the rental agreement, renting a house might need shoveling the walkway, mowing the lawn, and maintaining the garden by yourself. While renting in an apartment, maintenance is taken care for you.


  • PRIVACY. In most cases, living in a single-family home will give you a lot more privacy than living in an apartment. Privacy is a convenience that an apartment cannot completely provide. Apartments have multiple residences living in one lot that gives less privacy to the tenants. If you are concerned about privacy, you should avoid renting an apartment, and rather, get a single-family home if your means allow you to.


  • LOCATION. It is also to be considered when looking for a rental place. Apartments are most of the time located in an urban area, hence, if you are looking for a location where the downtown is, you will most likely look for an apartment. If you prefer the quiet suburb area, renting a single-family home may be the best option for you.


  • COST. Renting in an apartment may be more cost-effective compared to living in a single-family home due to the amount of square footage. Single-family homes may have more space than an apartment and bigger space comes with extra bills as well. 


At the end of the day, whether you choose to rent an apartment or a house, what's more, important is, it's a safe, comfortable, and livable place.

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