Deciding to buy a house is huge decision, however, often deciding whether you should buy a single-story or a two-story home is an even harder choice to make. While ultimately it is up to you to decide which home style will fit your wants and needs best, there are a few common pros and cons to point out on each of these home styles. Today we will dive into the pros and cons of Single-Story homes, stay tuned for next week’s article, where we will take a closer look at two-story houses as well as their pros and cons.
- Safety: Easily one of the largest pros when it comes to purchasing a single-story home is the safety that it can provide. Whether this is for toddlers learning to walk, elderly family members navigating a steep staircase, or just day to day chores such as hauling a laundry basket, without stairs, your home is automatically easier to navigate, and can lead to less potential falls or accidents.
- Mobility: While you may be running marathons now, one sprained ankle later and you’ll be wishing you didn’t have to hop up the stairs each night to go to bed. Much like the safety point above, eliminating stairs from home allows for far easier mobility within your home for those of all ages and abilities.
- Maintenance: Many agree that maintaining a single-story home is much easier than multi-stories, with everything all on one level, simple tasks as well as larger maintenance items are much easier to complete.
- Privacy: One of the biggest cons when it comes to single-story homes is the lack of privacy. Many homeowners as well as renters agree, they don’t like having bedroom windows on the ground level, likewise, they don’t like everyone who walks by being able to see into the entirety of their home.
- Lot Space: Naturally, single-story homes take up more space than two-story homes when it comes to their positioning on a lot, this can often lead to smaller yards and should you wish to expand or add onto your home, you’ll have to give up more of your yard space to do so.
Related: Are Vaulted Ceilings Worth It?
There is a lot to consider when it comes to purchasing a new home, and whether you already know what home style you’re searching for, are on the fence, or want to explore both options, it is important to ensure that prior to placing an offer on a home, you are sure that the home you are purchasing falls within your desired home style, whether that be a single or a multi-story house.
If you’re currently searching for a new home, regardless of the home type, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified, local seller’s agent, or if you have any questions regarding Carolina Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time.