- Single-Family Detached: This is a stand-alone house that sits on its own lot and is the most common type of home. As these are detached dwellings, they provide more privacy with less noise from neighbours. They also tend to be larger dwellings (complete with a yard!) which gives you the space and freedom to really make it your own.
- Single-Family, Semi-Detached: These homes are suitable for a single family and are typically attached to another house on one side. Semi-detached homes are often more affordable to both buy and maintain. With this affordability does come somewhat less privacy and protection from noise due to the shared walls on one side.
- Duplex: These structures contain two single-family units on separate levels and are great options for individuals looking to reduce home purchase and carrying costs – live in one unit, rent the second! This type of home also provides unique flexibility for older families, giving you the option to move adult children or aging parents into the second unit as needed. As expected, these units offer less privacy than single-dwelling homes and can sometimes have increased noise through the floor or ceiling.
- Townhouse or Row House: These are a row of single-family homes, which are connected on both sides to the next home (excluding the end unit, which is only connected on one side). Townhouses typically have private yards but, in some cases, it may be freehold or condo-style with shared ownership rights and responsibilities. However, these homes are typically more affordable and easier to maintain, though you may have to consider strata or maintenance fees. Similarly to duplexes, these home types have less privacy and may have noise from shared walls.
- Condominium: These are low- or high-rise buildings containing multiple apartment units. Condos are excellent starter homes for single adults, or couples, as they are affordable and require minimal maintenance. Some buildings even have shared amenities, such as a fitness center or swimming pool or party room. QUICK TIP: Always check for these amenities and if you would be interested in using them. If not, why pay for them? In this case, you might be better off finding a condo with less amenities and lower strata fees.
- Modular or Mobile Home: Growing in popularity are modular homes, which are prefabricated homes delivered to a home-site for installation. These homes are owned by the individual, while the land it sits on could be rented or owned outright. These types of homes are highly affordable and extremely flexible; if you relocate, you can sell the mobile home with the property or keep the home and relocate it! If renting land in a mobile home community, there are also those costs to consider.
- Carriage House or Urban Infill: A carriage house is located on the periphery of a single-family detached house. Similarly, are urban infill homes which are a modern solution to crowded cities. These homes are often located in interesting, urban environments and have their own character. They are also generally less expensive, but there is potential for noise pollution if you are in a busy location. Due to the size, there is also limited inventory and limited or non-existent yard space. But if you’re looking for something affordable and unique, these are a great option!
Finding the right home to suit your needs means considering your lifestyle and budget now, as well as where you’ll be a few years down the road. Want more information or need help deciding the best option for you? Contact me today to learn more about your options when it comes to buying and owning a home.