Your kids are growing up and your family is getting bigger. You can no longer work in the living room because that is where your five-year-old runs around to “catch those evil villains” and you notice your two-year-old has been transferring her toys on your bed to slowly dominate your bedroom. These things makes you think that its time to move out of your condo and into a bigger home. What worries you now is what your condo unit has that a house doesn’t, and what your unit doesn’t have, which a house, probably will.
Here are some things to consider when moving to a single-detached home.
Think about the place where your house would be at: the distance to and from your place of work, the grocery shops, and even to your kids’ future schools. Living in houses in the suburbs usually requires longer travelling distance when going to work and other important places. Know whether it would be easier to drive your car or whether it would be more convenient to just take the bus to work.
Condominiums include security amenities to keep their residents as safe as possible. In the Philippines, some house and lots located within a community are provided with several security systems and services – much like that within a condo building. However, if this would not be the case when you move in, you, yourself, would have to look after the safety of your own home. This is one of the first priorities before you even move in. If needed, you must arrange for or buy and install alarm systems. It is also imperative to ask around if there have been frequent criminal activities happening within the neighborhood. Your potential neighbors would be the best persons to ask as they would give you honest to goodness feedback (as compared to your agent.)
There are people who like to live with neighbors nearby and there are others who dislike sharing common spaces and prefer living more privately. If the latter describes you then living in a residential home maybe suitable for you. Also, by living in a separate house, you would not have to worry about getting complaints when one of your kids starts screaming out loud or when your neighbors underneath your unit hear them jumping right above their bedroom.
Bigger responsibilities come along with bigger spaces of living. Shovelling snow and taking care of the lawn would be some of your responsibilities, and so does the installation of your heating and air conditioning units, cable TV and your security system. You would also have take out your own trash and to plan and decide for your own housing maintenance and renovations when you have your own house.
The cost of moving will vary depending on the size and location of your home. Houses in suburbs are usually much cheaper than condominiums in the city. The cost of a two bedroom and bathroom condominium in the city, according to Realtor.com, is already equivalent to a house in the suburb that is three times bigger than the condo unit. Homeowners’ association fees can also already be excluded from your budget. However, you have to consider paying your own maintenance and repair costs, cable and utility bills and even your gas and travelling expenses in and around town once you start living in a single-family house.
Houses provide more room for each of your family’s activities. Your kids can play at the backyard while you can have your own working space indoors. This is also suitable if you plan to have pets or host your kids birthday parties at home.
Consider these factors and prepare well for some changes of living in a residential house and moving into your new home with your family will go smoothly as planned.