Condo vs. House
If you’re looking to buy a home in Vancouver, a consideration that’s likely entered your mind is whether to live in a condo or house. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to condominiums, and there are a number of single-detached houses especially in areas like the West End, Kitsilano, North Vancouver, and places away from Downtown. If you’re struggling to decide, here are a few things to consider when choosing between a condo vs. house.
Condos are generally located in urban areas so you have great access to the local amenities such as restaurants, shops, and transit links. This is very convenient if you don’t own a car and rely on taxis and transit vehicles for your occasional journeys.
Condos are very low maintenance and you don’t have to worry about mowing the lawn or caring for your yard. This is great for busy professionals or those seeking a low-maintenance lifestyle.
Condos offer something that houses don’t: a concierge service. Many condos will have security and concierge on site to keep you safe and tend to your needs. Whether you need your dry cleaning dropped off, groceries collecting, dog walking, or restaurant booking, you’ll be surprised at just how much a condo concierge service can do to help make your life easier.
One thing to take into consideration is the fees associated with condo living. These are collected outside of your mortgage payment, and go towards keeping your building well maintained and safe.
One obvious benefit of living in a house is that you get more space than in a condo. Many houses have small gardens or green spaces, and generally, have more storage than in a condo unit. This is desirable if you have children or a pet.
Houses are great in that you have more control over the property, so you can renovate, decorate, and upgrade your home more easily than with a condo.
If you lead a busy lifestyle, you may want to evaluate whether you can maintain your property and its yard and have time for the upkeep. Houses take a lot more work than condos, especially if you have an older house or more land.