One of the biggest considerations you might make when you’re looking for a rental property is whether to rent an apartment or a house. While it can be a difficult decision to make, having a think about your lifestyle and what you’re looking for in a home is a good place to start. Here are some things to consider when you’re deciding whether to rent an apartment or a house.
How much space do you need?
Arguably the most common factor people think about when they’re deciding between an apartment and a house is space. Naturally, a home tends to offer more space for furniture, storage and relaxing. So, if you’re someone who enjoys having plenty of space to set up lots of furniture and a collection of your favourite knick-knacks like books, art collections, clothing and kitchenware, you may prefer a house.
An apartment, however, can still work too if there are particular things you like your home to focus around. For example, you may keep your combined kitchen and living area quite lean with furniture and only have the essentials. In this case, it would leave room for perhaps displaying your favourite glassware or using a corner of the living room for your cookbook collection.
Location, location, location
If the location of your home is important to you, it may be cheaper to rent an apartment instead of a house in your favourite suburb. This comes down to whether you’re willing to embrace apartment living to make sure you’re close to things like work, your favourite cafes and other lifestyle amenities.
Maintenance and handy work
Even if you’re renting, there’s still general cleaning and maintenance you’ll need to keep up around the property. In a house, this may include gardening and mowing the lawns. If you’re someone who lacks a green thumb, this is where apartment living can be tempting. Alternatively, you could see if your landlord will organise for someone to maintain your gardens and lawns or hire someone yourself who can take care of regular maintenance you’re expected to complete.
For people living on their own, an apartment can add an extra level of security to your living environment. Not that houses aren’t secure, but with some apartment buildings featuring gated entries to the carpark and apartments, you can sleep soundly knowing that your home is extra secure.
Which option is better?
In short, neither. Depending on your lifestyle and how much space you need in your home, there’s no universal “better” option when it comes to renting an apartment or a house. It all comes down to what’s important to you and making sure your living environment reflects that as well.
Like tips on making your home more beautiful and easier to live in? Check out our article on how minimalism can make renting more convenient