The choice to purchase a home is an important one, as is the type of property you purchase and the lifestyle it brings you. You can choose to purchase a townhome, single-family home, condo, or duplex. Here are some recommendations to think about when you are looking to buy a townhome.
Look at Your Landscaping Needs
One of the reasons you may buy a townhome is its price, but you also have the option of your own private outdoor space. A townhome will usually provide you with a front yard and a backyard, which may include lawn, shrubbery, trees, and a patio. But because of the smaller size of the yard, your landscaping requirements will be much less than in a single-family home. This may even be your primary reason for buying a townhome, which saves you a lot of time and energy on landscaping and yard work.
Before you choose to buy a particular townhome, look at the yard and landscaping care requirements and how you can use the yard. If you want a townhome with a backyard space where you can grow a vegetable garden, a fruit tree or two, or a prized rose garden, make sure there is space and the backyard is not entirely paved with a concrete patio.
Check Out the Location
Anytime you are buying a property that shares a wall with your neighbor, you will want to consider this in your evaluation of the property. When you walk through the property, listen for any noises from the neighbors and which walls connect to your neighbor's space. For example, are the connection walls in the laundry room, bathroom, and living room wall, or do they connect between the master bedroom? The location of the wall can make an impact on your lifestyle and how well the sound barrier protects you from neighboring noises.
If you have a chance, talk to some neighbors or other homeowners living in the townhome community. This is a great way to get accurate and unbiased opinions about any noises that may transfer between townhome units.
Also, look at the location of the townhome in relation to the row of homes it is in. Townhomes are usually built within a row of three or more homes, so the middle units will share two walls with neighbors, but an end unit only shares one wall. An end unit will have the potential for more natural light from outside because it will have more window walls, and you may not feel as boxed in if you buy a middle unit.