What type of home suits my lifestyle?
Do you remember that game from Primary School, MASH? The one where you wrote down the names of some kids in your class, different occupations and various types of homes? The idea was that after putting your name into some kind of algorithm, you would find out your future spouse, future job, and future house. Well, we’re going to do the adult version of that! (Sort of). Let’s look at the different types of homes and how they each seem to embody a particular lifestyle…
- ‘Less’ work. Townhouses have smaller and more manageable yards, and in some cases, external home management is managed by a property manager.
- Amenities. As part of a community build, there is usually access to specific amenities, maybe a private park, a gym, or even a pool.
- Location. Townhouses tend to sit in very built-up areas, bringing home closer to work.
- Community. It’s nice to be a part of something and know your neighbours.
- Financial potential. By this, we mean that if you’re trying to get on the property ladder, an apartment could be a great stepping stone. As apartments are smaller, you will also be saving costs of upkeep.
- Amenities. Most larger apartment buildings offer an array of amenities; often, they make or break the deal for buyers and renters.
- Maintenance. Apartments are about as maintenance-free as it gets, and many have in-house maintenance teams for basic repairs at no extra cost.
- Security. If you live on your own, it can be comforting to know that there are at least two doors and several sets of stairs between you and any randos. As well as many neighbours within earshot.
- Investment opportunity. For many people, a house is the most significant investment they will make in their lifetime and can be a very lucrative investment.
- Personalisation. If you own it, you can make it whatever you want!
- ‘Picturesque’ family lifestyle. White picket fence, kids playing in the yard, entertaining space. If these things strike a chord with you, it’s likely you already know what the best option for you is.
- Seclusion. If you are sick of the noisy neighbours, wave goodbye and secure yourself a lifestyle block.
- Avoid the traffic madness. Ok, it may take a while to visit the grandparents on the weekend, but for many people, this beats sitting in Auckland traffic for 3 hours a day.
- Nature. If you’re seeking a relaxed, ‘slower’ lifestyle with constant outdoors and real fresh air, a lifestyle section could be for you. Just be prepared to get up early for all of the property maintenance.
- A simpler life. For many, the draw to a tiny home lies in the belief that “less is more”. An increasing amount of people are letting go of many of life’s luxuries to simplify their lives.
- Mortgage-free. Tiny homes are vastly cheaper than traditional homes and will often be purchased outright with no mortgage.
- Low- energy use and carbon footprint. Using only what you need and nothing more reduces your impact upon the planet (and the impact upon your wallet).
- Freedom. Many tiny homes have WHEELS, making them popular for wanderers and free-souls. Even if your tiny house is fixed in place, they are often easily rented out as air bnb’s, freeing YOU up to go adventuring.
So, which home suits your lifestyle?