Renting doesn’t always mean living in an apartment. Rental homes can have many benefits over apartments. They often have more space, offer more privacy, and serve as an excellent stepping stone to owning a single-family home. If you’re deciding between renting a home and choosing an apartment, here’s what to consider when planning your next residential move.
1. More Space
While it’s possible to find an apartment and a rental home the same size, often rental houses have more space in the form of a yard, garage, and driveway parking.
More space means more value for the money that you spend on rent. Instead of paying for a storage unit for your holiday decorations, for example, you can simply store it in the garage. Likewise, you can park your car in your driveway rather than paying for an expensive parking space near your apartment.
2. Added Privacy
An apartment usually has a shared wall, floor, and ceiling. When you live in an apartment building, neighbors may live underneath you, above you, and to each side. Very likely, your neighbors will be able to hear some of your noisier activities, and you’ll be able to hear theirs. In this way, living in an apartment building means less privacy.
When you live in a rental house, you won’t have any neighbors above or below you. You may also have several feet of space between your home and the nearest neighbor. If privacy is important to you, look for a rental house in a suburb rather than the city, where lots are larger, and space is easier to come by.
3. Better for Pets and Children
With all that yard space outside, rental houses are often better for pets and children. This is especially true if you have a large animal like a big dog. The bigger the animal, the bigger the space they need to run around.
Also, remember that space isn’t the only issue to consider when you have pets and children: noise is also a consideration. Pets and children can be noisy, which can bother some neighbors. Living in an apartment building, you may spend a lot of time trying to keep your pets and children quiet for your neighbors. Living in a rental house, you’ll have fewer concerns. Your pets and kids can be themselves, and your neighbors can be happy.
4. Easier to Transition to a Home You Buy
Are you planning to buy a house someday? If so, then a rental house could be an excellent transitional property for you. Living in a rental house, you’ll accumulate items you can eventually use in your home, such as yard tools, exterior seasonal decor, and more. As a result, there will be less to buy when you purchase a house of your own.
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