If you’re an urbanite, you’re probably used to living in apartments. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of one day moving into a house to escape all the downsides of apartment life.
So, let’s say you’ve found the perfect house and are planning to make that move now. To ensure a smooth transition, it’s important to consider both the negatives and positives of living in a house. Then, you’ll be prepared for any hassles that come up.
Here are 3 major changes to expect as you move from an apartment into a house. These changes can be horrible or awesome, depending on your perspective.
1. More Space
More space means more guests and bigger parties. Whether or not you intend to invite more people over is irrelevant. Since you have enough space for people to come over, it might be harder to say “No” to visiting family and friends. You may even find yourself hosting a party you otherwise wouldn’t have hosted in an apartment.
Having enough space for parties may sound awesome if you’re an extrovert. Perhaps it’s even one of the reasons you want to move into a house. Keep in mind, though, that more space also means more cleaning—especially after parties. Unless you don’t mind the mess, you’ll have to reserve a little more time for cleaning.
2. Having a Lawn
While living in an apartment, you may have daydreamed about having a garden or a barbecue in your backyard. Maybe you’ve even thought about getting a dog or another pet your apartment building didn’t allow.
Moving into a house can turn these dreams into reality. However, alongside your beautiful garden, fun barbecues, and (hopefully) obedient dog, you have to think about possible issues that can arise with a lawn. For example, your home is more accessible to burglars. You live on the ‘ground floor’ without building security—a good target for criminals.
Going on a long vacation will also take a bit more prep. You might want to find someone to mow the lawn and keep an eye on the house while you’re gone. Some home owners even store their valuables with friends or at a self-storage facility during long vacations. Whatever you decide, remember that a house is often more vulnerable than an apartment.
3. More Independence
Even if you’ve lived independently for a while, moving into a house will give you a new level of independence. You won’t have ‘quiet hours’ or building policies to abide by. You won’t have to tell the building manager if you have a long-term guest or a new pet. You can laugh and talk as loudly as you want without anyone hearing you. Basically, you’ll be free to do (almost) anything you want.
Independence also means more responsibility, though. If something breaks, you have to repair it or pay for someone to come fix it. You have to mow the lawn, clean the windows and repaint the house. These tasks can be time-consuming and costly, something you didn’t have to worry about in an apartment.
A house doesn’t come with complete independence, either. You’ll still have neighbors, who you may not get along with. In fact, without a building manager to set rules, you may end up getting into bigger arguments with your neighbors. If they dislike what you do (or vice versa), you’ll have to deal with that conflict yourself.
Still, despite the inconveniences of living in a house, moving out of an apartment can be an exciting and liberating experience. For tips on how to make your move easier, check out these moving and storage resources. It’s a big adjustment, but it doesn’t have to be difficult when you’re well-prepared.