The Pros and Cons of Moving from an Apartment to a House

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You’ve lived in an apartment for many years, but you’re finally ready to take the leap into home ownership. You may have recently gotten married or you received a promotion that included a raise, and you’re thinking that it’s time to buy a house. While you’re looking forward to owning property, there are some pros and cons to consider when moving from an apartment to a house. At EZ Storage® in Philadelphia, we can keep your belongings safe should you need to store some of them while you get settled into your new house.

Pro #1. More Living Space

dreamstime_xxl_12893103More living space is often the number one reason why people move from an apartment to a house. They may have been living with roommates or could only afford a small living arrangement, but the idea of having several more rooms and space to stretch out is now at the front of their mind.

Con #1. More Space To Clean

One advantage of living in an apartment is that there’s less square footage to clean. A house has a living room, kitchen, and maybe several bedrooms and bathrooms that need to be cleaned on a regular basis. This task often falls to the homeowner, unless they have the budget to hire a cleaning service.

Pro #2. More Storage Space

Finding a house with an attic or a basement often means that you’ll have the storage space for those extra belongings like your extensive vinyl collection or your boxes of photo albums. You won’t have to keep your things at your parents’ house or in self-storage any longer.

Con #2. Wanting to Use that Space for Something Else

While having a basement or attic can be nice, you may not want to use those spaces for storage. You may have plans to turn the basement into a home theater area, and the attic or loft may be perfect for a craft room (if it’s insulated). Renting a local storage unit can help you retain that extra space in your house to use how you want. It’s also true that many people buy things to fill their new home, so you may run out of space sooner than you thought you would.

Pro #3. New Neighbors

If you like meeting new people, moving into a new house is a great way to connect with your neighbors. Hopefully they’re welcoming and you feel comfortable asking them for advice on places to eat and shop, and what schools and parks are the best for your kids.

Con #3. No Middleman

dreamstime_xxl_30551547When you lived in an apartment, you most likely had a landlord or property manager who would mediate issues between you and your neighbors. If you had a complaint, you could log it with the office and never had to face your neighbors. However, when you’re a homeowner, there usually isn’t a middleman (unless you have an HOA), and you’ll have to confront your neighbors about behavior or issues that are bothering you. Keep in mind that your neighbors may think the same thing about you and what you do on your property.

If you’re getting ready to move from an apartment into a house, keep these tips in mind. If you need to store some of your belongings while you make the transition from a smaller space to a larger one, come to EZ Storage® for expert assistance. We have locations all across Philadelphia, and the staff at each facility will be more than happy to help you find the ideal self-storage unit. We offer month-to-month leases on all of our options, and our convenient access hours make it easy to visit your space when it works for you.

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