I wanted to do a comparison of house vs apartment living, now that we’ve spent more than two months in our house. If you’re starting to wonder if it’s worth it or if you’re ready, I hope this helps!
There are good and bad things about house vs apartment living, but overall, we’ve found that the house is so much better for us!
House vs Apartment: The obvious differences
- We have more space. Our apartment was two bedrooms, two bathrooms; our house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a dining room, plus a garage and plenty of storage.
- The garage and driveway. Our apartment complex parking lot was big, but the spaces closest to our building filled up quickly. The later at night we came home, the further away we parked. Now, we always have a parking spot.
- We have a yard. This is the greatest part about the house, I’m pretty sure. (Ask me again tomorrow and I’ll say something else.) It is so easy to let Theo out in the morning, when it was a hassle before.
House vs Apartment: What else has changed
It’s much quieter.
Even though we are living in a neighborhood that is still under construction, it is so much quieter! The construction noise is really all you hear. I can’t imagine a world in which I hear music or yelling or slamming of doors next door. The houses are close by here, but not like apartments.
Many of our neighbors have dogs, but I never, ever hear them unless they are walking right outside our house and barking. And our neighbors say they can’t hear Theo barking – and if you’ve ever met Theo, you know he is a loud fellow.
Things break less.
This isn’t going to be the case for every homeowner (in fact, I’m sure it isn’t) but since our home is a new build, everything is new. In our apartment, even though it was a newer complex, we were not the first residents to live there. That meant things broke sooner and more often.
We have no maintenance staff.
Even though we’ve had less problems, when we do have problems, we’re responsible for them! I will really miss that 24-hour maintenance when the air conditioning goes out.
There’s more cleaning to do.
This comes with more space, of course, and also the sense of ownership – since it’s our house, not an apartment we’re renting. We clean a lot more! The vacuuming alone is a full-time job. That’s partially because of the additional space, and mostly because of Theo. I just gave up at the apartment, honestly. Thank you, Roomba!
We have grass.
This comes with having a yard, and also a new build home – we have grass, and it needs watered! That also means it needs cutting, and the mulched areas need weeding… What an adventure. I didn’t think about this.
We have more monthly expenses to keep track up.
When you rent, you mostly just have your rent and then the basic bills – electricity, water, cable and internet. This may be slightly different depending on your apartment. But with the house, we have HOA dues, as well as bills for sewer, water, gas, electricity, cable and internet and our security system.
It all works out for us, and if we had decided simply to rent a larger apartment, which was our other option, we would’ve been spending just as much, probably more, on rent.
At the end of the day, it’s not really the total – it’s just the sheer volume of things to keep track of!
Something about apartment complexes… Everything gets so dusty! I forgot that a noticeable layer of dust doesn’t have to coat everything in your house, even the day after you dust. We have a new HVAC and clean air vents, so we have to dust way less often.
We’re further away from the town.
When you rent, I feel like you’re more likely to live close to retail, restaurants, etc. That’s just the smart place to put an apartment complex. But now that we live in a residential neighborhood, we’re about 15 to 20 minutes down the road from Chapel Hill, where we work. This isn’t always the case with buying, but if we had tried to be closer to Chapel Hill, we would have been limited.
Luckily, our commute hasn’t changed that much, and we are slowly learning the short cuts to avoid morning traffic!