Choosing the Perfect Retirement Home
Making the Decision of Attached or Detached Retirement Homes
Active adults in the midst of downsizing and considering a move to a retirement home have the choice of attached or detached homes. This can be a bit of a challenging decision as there are various pros and cons to attached and detached homes. If you are in a bind trying to figure out which type of home to move into, here are few advantages and disadvantages of both types of homes.
Pros and Cons of Attached Homes
One of the best features about attached homes is that they are cheaper than detached homes. This is because attached homes share a foundation and wall/walls. In addition, an attached home in the same neighborhood as the detached home will cost less than the detached home. Attached homes are easier to heat and cool as they share a common wall. This will keep your electric and gas bills to a minimum.
The greatest disadvantage to living in an attached home is the privacy factor. As you share a wall, and if you have noisy neighbors, this can get a bit annoying. If you are considering an attached home, make sure your bedroom is not adjacent to your neighbor’s recreation room. This could be a huge mistake. Another disadvantage to attached homes is the lack of light and windows. When house hunting, always visit the home during the day so that you can see just how much of natural light is available in your attached home models.
Pros and Cons of Detached Homes
A detached home is a home that stands alone and most often has garden space. The best thing about detached homes is that you have your privacy. Another advantage is that if you feel your home is too small, you can always add to it provided there is space. These homes have no property management fees as with attached homes which are a great benefit. Detached homes are most often association with suburban living.
There are a few disadvantages to detached homes too. For one thing, your gas cost will be more as more energy is needed to heat your home during cold weather. In addition, maintenance and repair costs to the interior and exterior of your house, as well as, lawn upkeep will have to be borne by you.
Making the Right Choice
Every home, irrespective of type comes with its pros and cons. Therefore, you should consider all these pros and cons with a grain of salt before making the decision to buy your retirement home. Below are some communities you can consider when you make your choice.
- CantaMia by Vitalia – Goodyear, Arizona
- The Villages at Quail Run – Hudson, Massachusetts
- Fox Hills Condominiums – Rockaway, New Jersey
- The Peninsula Delaware– Millsboro, Delaware
- Breakwater by Shell Brothers – Lewes, Delaware
Visit ActiveAdultLiving.com, a website especially suited to retirees, where homes range from single-family detached homes to townhouses to ranch homes etc. With close to 6000 listings in our website, your home search just got so much easier and effective too. Every community listed in the website can be contacted directly via the website, by submitting the inquiry form, which makes it amazingly convenient for you to make your choice.