Are you the “Do It Yourself Type” or more the “Do It For Me Type”?
People are surprised when I tell them they should know themselves really well before they jump into home ownership. You may think it’s all about budget and location, and less about you, but you can pick your property based on personality.
If you are the kind that really doesn’t like to get your hands dirty, or doesn’t have time for yard work and snow shoveling you may be suited to condo lifestyle. There’s no reason to be hard on yourself, rather, you should be honest with yourself and accept the fact that this is the good life you’ve been looking for. You’ll be happier in the long run.
In a condo you don’t have to worry about the roof, or the snow, or the eaves troughs, the weeds, the pool or the many other maintenance/repair issues that can take up your free time. You can enjoy the pool that someone else cleans, wiggle your toes in the lawn that that the hired gardener tends, and drive away every February morning in a warm ice-free car. If you travel often or for long periods, you will love being able to just lock the door behind you and taking off for a worry free trip.
Doesn’t sound like you? Maybe you are the “Do It Yourself” type. You’re the type to head outside Saturday morning and walk around the yard looking for a job to take on. You strive for the perfect lawn and are aching to get yourself a tractor mower, tackle some repairs, build a shed and put in a pool. Fixing the roof just gives you an excuse to use that fancy extending ladder you picked up. Well then, you may be inclined toward a detached home with a big yard that has plenty of room for vegetable and flower gardens.
If you aren’t ready for that full on maintenance job that a house requires, and not interested in a condo apartment either, you may be happier in a condo town home where most of the maintenance is taken care of. The town home gives you the feel of being in a house without all the work that goes with it. It’s more affordable and gets you in to a better location or gets you more square footage. The condo association will repair the roof, fix the front stoop that’s a little wonky and even paint the door and garage when it’s time, giving you plenty of time to try out that new BBQ you picked up.
They say home is where the heart is, and with a little soul searching you can find your perfect match.