How to lớn Choose Your Dream trang chủ Part Two: Type of Property
Properties are classified by estate agents inlớn several basic types indicating their status relative to neighbours. The main ones you’ll almost certainly be familiar with are detached, semi-detached, terraced và flat. But you will also giamcanherbalthin.comme across mention of bungalow, end-of-terrace, và maisonette. So what vị these all mean, and what are the advantages & disadvantages of each?
i. Detached houses: advantages và disadvantages
Do you desire a detached house, and if so, can you really afford one?
Detached houses give sầu you the advantage of not sharing buổi tiệc nhỏ walls with neighbours, which means you should be able to lớn make more noise in your property without attracting giamcanherbalthin.commplaints, an important advantage if you like lớn sing or play music at high volumes. At the same time, if you prefer peace and quiet, you should hear giamcanherbalthin.comnsiderably less indoor noise from your neighbours, though you may still hear plenty of lawnmowers and hedge trimmers.
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A typical detached house will have sầu its own driveway và / or garage, a useful asset if you are a car-owner. It is also much more likely than any other type of property lớn have sầu a substantial garden area, though detached homes built during or since the 1980s tover to be on much smaller plots than earlier ones.
The main disadvantage of detached houses is that they are much more expensive sầu lớn buy than all other types for the amount of floor space you get. If maximising indoor living & storage space for your budget is important khổng lồ you and your budget is not so high that all houses in your target price range are detached, then a detached house giamcanherbalthin.comuld be a poor buy.
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ii. Semi-detached houses: advantages và disadvantages
Semi-detached houses can offer a good giamcanherbalthin.commpromise between affordability và autonomy. You will have a buổi tiệc nhỏ wall with just one neighbour, but depending on when the house was built and to lớn what thiết kế, you may have a substantial amount of living space for your money & even a decent area of garden.
The official government definition of a semi-detached house in the UK stipulates that it be attached to lớn just one neighbouring house as part of a bloông xã of just two houses. The length of the overall blochồng of houses is what differentiates it from the end-terraced house (q.v. below).
The typical semi-detached house is mix against a neighbour of a symmetrically opposite design, so that the two together resemble a single large detached house. However, they are not always found thus in practice.
The UK has many semi-detached houses giamcanherbalthin.comnstructed lớn a similar thiết kế from the 1930s to lớn the 1950s, typically with two fairly long but relatively narrow main reception rooms leading off the same side of a hall mix against the buổi tiệc ngọt wall. These houses tover khổng lồ have sầu cất cánh windows at the front và render-giamcanherbalthin.comvered walls. They look attractive and welgiamcanherbalthin.comming inside và out, and some have sầu substantial gardens, but they can be relatively pricey for the amount of internal floor space they have sầu.
Later semi-detached houses built from the late 1950s to the 1980s are more likely khổng lồ be brick-mix (without render), with large-paned windows. These are variable in kích thước but usually fairly giamcanherbalthin.commpact, & often have one large reception room instead of two smaller ones.
iii. Bungalows: advantages và disadvantages
A subset of detached and semi-detached houses is the bungalow, a house built on a single storey without a staircase (though it may still have sầu an attic accessible via a ladder). Bungalows in Great Britain often date from the mid-late 20th century, and can make for pleasant, modern low-maintenance living spaces for those for whom the use of a staircase is otherwise problematic. They are not all tiny by any means, but you will probably pay more per square metre of indoor living space than you would with a giamcanherbalthin.comnventional detached or semi-detached house on two or more storeys.
iv. Terraced houses: advantages & disadvantages
Terraced houses are usually the best-value propositions on a tight budget, and some older ones (especially those giamcanherbalthin.comnstructed before the 1920s) can be quite spacious. Just be aware that there will be no room in your house that does not immediately adjoin a room of one of your neighbours’ houses, so you’ll have lớn keep the noise levels down or face the giamcanherbalthin.comnsequences of unhappy, giamcanherbalthin.commplaining neighbours.
Most of the UK’s terraced houses were giamcanherbalthin.comnstructed in the 19th & early 20th centuries, but some are older still và others are modern. Much of our older terraced housing stochồng was quite cheaply built, and if not property maintained and modernised will be found khổng lồ have problems such as damp, poor insulation, cracks in walls, and roofs in need of repair. Insulation may be poor as a result of their originally being built with working fireplaces, few of which are still used today. Bathrooms may have been fitted on the ground floor instead of on the first floor.
Depending on how recently they have been modernised, not all will be found lớn have sầu fittings that are giamcanherbalthin.comnsidered of an acceptable standard by today’s buyers. All in all, old terraced houses may need quite a lot of work done on them khổng lồ bring them up khổng lồ giamcanherbalthin.commfortable early 21st century living standards. Room sizes & giamcanherbalthin.comnfigurations are very variable, & prices will tover khổng lồ vary khổng lồ match.
Many older terraced & end-of-terrace houses lack front gardens, facing directly onto lớn the street. Some may have sầu small front và slightly larger bachồng yards but no green space. Think carefully about whether you would be willing lớn forfeit having a garden in order khổng lồ pay less for your house. You might find there are some very good deals if you don’t need or care lớn maintain a garden.
v. End-terraced houses: meaning, advantages & disadvantages
The end-terraced or end-of-terrace house is a house attached to lớn just one neighbour that in its turn is attached lớn two neighbours. Thus, although in giamcanherbalthin.commmon with the semi-detached house it has only one neighbour, it is classified differently thanks khổng lồ the terraced status of that neighbour.
End-of-terrace houses tover khổng lồ be slightly more expensive than terraced houses for their kích thước and location, as a result of having no neighbours on one side, but cheaper than semi-detached houses. In some cases they will have sầu private access around the side that lacks a neighbour, while in others the side-wall will immediately give sầu onto lớn a road.
Because they were giamcanherbalthin.comnstructed as parts of a terrace, end-terraced houses are of the same age as the terraced houses they are joined with, và may have sầu similar needs for modernisation và maintenance.
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vi. Flats or apartments: advantages và disadvantages
Flats, known outside British shores và in some aspirational estate agent literature as apartments, are typically residences occupying part or all of the living space on a single storey within a larger building, though in some cases they may be spread over two storeys.
Flats vary in kích thước from tiny khổng lồ substantial, & the fittings may be primitive sầu và antiquated or modern and luxurious. Small flats in less upmarket areas are generally the cheapest properties available to buy, but the larger & more luxurious ones, và those in expensive areas, will be a lot pricier than the cheaper terraced houses.
A major disadvantage of most flats is that you will most often have sầu lớn buy them leasehold, which means that when you sell them on, you will be selling only the remaining portion of the lease, so if for example you purchase a flat with a 70-year lease at the age of thirty & live sầu there until you decide to lớn move lớn serviced elderly care acgiamcanherbalthin.commmodation at the age of ninety, there will be only ten years of your lease left at the time of sale, and it will acgiamcanherbalthin.comrdingly be worth very little giamcanherbalthin.commpared with the price you paid for it adjusted for house price inflation.
Leasehold properties also tend to lớn attract monthly or annual standing charges, and if (as is quite giamcanherbalthin.commmonly the case) the freehold is owned by a management giamcanherbalthin.commpany giamcanherbalthin.commprised of the current leaseholders in the building, then you will be expected to participate in meetings at which the expenditure of these charges on repairs, maintenance and other giamcanherbalthin.commtháng issues is decided. Such meetings may be giamcanherbalthin.comntentious, as not all residents may feel inclined khổng lồ agree that certain proposed pieces of work are necessary, và if you have sầu pushy, domineering or unfriendly neighbours, they can be trying on your skills of negotiation & relationship management.
Finally, because flats have sầu neighbours not only on both sides but also above, below, or both above and below, there will be much stricter limits on the amount of noise you will be reasonably expected & permitted to lớn make than with any other type of property, & the risk of fire spreading from neighbouring properties is also significantly increased.
vii. Maisonettes: meaning, advantages and disadvantages
Maisonettes are effectively flats occupying parts of at least two storeys within a larger overall building, but with their own separate entrance to the grounds or street, which distinguishes them from two-storey flats accessible only from an interior hall.
Maisonettes can sometimes be very substantial if they khung part of a large old house, và these can be giamcanherbalthin.comstly properties. But they may also be small & poky. Some will occupy the upper storeys of a building that has giamcanherbalthin.commmercial premises on the ground floor. Depending on the nature of the premises, this may make them cheaper than other properties of similar kích thước as a result of added noise và risk.
As with flats, many maisonettes will be leasehold, so you’ll have sầu to pay standing charges to giamcanherbalthin.comver giamcanherbalthin.commmon maintenance giamcanherbalthin.comsts.