Whether you’re looking to buy your very first home or are scanning the market for what’s now your nth home, it’s good to know the answer to that question. Finding the right home boils down to knowing which one is a perfect fit for your personality, values and lifestyle, and living in a house is certainly very different from living in a condo. How about taking a short test to find out which type you are? Nothing scientific here, just fun and a few great insights about yourself. For each of the statements below, think about whether it’s True for you or False. Then give yourself 1 point for each True answer, and 0 point for each False answer. Then read further down to know which type of person you are!
I’m almost never home. (True or False)
I don’t keep a lot of stuff. (True or False)
I want to have everything within reach. (True or False)
I don’t like cleaning and fixing things. (True or False)
I love to mingle, but I don’t love inviting the whole gang to my home. (True or False)
If you got 5 points, you’ll probably be perfectly happy living in a condo. And if you got 0 point, chances are you’d be miserable in one. For anything in between, you’d want to weigh your priorities, such as these:
Privacy or convenience?
If what’s most important for you in a home is to be able to call the shots and not hear much of the neighbors’ ruckus or worry too much about disturbing them, you’d want a house. But if you’re hardly home anyway to be bothered much, and if you don’t mind or even enjoy signs of life, you might want to spare yourself the typically higher cost and hassle of purchasing, cleaning/maintaining and securing a house and go for a condo.
Lots of space or easy reach?
If you have a big family or like to invite the whole gang to your home, are claustrophobic, and love gardening or buying, collecting or stashing away things, you’d need lots of indoor and outdoor space, which you won’t find in a condo. But if you prefer having everything within reach or just a few steps away, go condo.
There are other reasons for choosing a home over a condo or vice versa, but these are a good start. If you still can’t make up your mind, check out some of the condos and houses on the market to give you a better idea of your options and the right choice should soon stand out.
Would you like a stress-free real estate experience? If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell in the next few months, call me today at 403-259-4141 and I’ll put you and your needs first.
About Brad Willson
Brad Willson has been making home buying, selling and investing in the Calgary area smooth and stress-free for nearly a decade. He is an awardee in the Calgary Real Estate Board Million Dollar Club, a member of the RE/MAX 100% Club and a recipient of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, and is one of the few Certified Condominium Specialists in the Calgary area. Brad is as devoted to his clients as he is to his wife and two children who are now young adults.