A townhome is a great solution for many people looking for an affordable and manageable home to buy. But one of the first decisions you must make while townhome shopping is whether to choose a one-story home or a two-story style. How can you find the right choice? Here are five key factors.
Of course, the biggest factor that separates two-story houses and one-story homes is the stairs. Not all homeowners can or should have internal stairs that require climbing and descending all day long. This can be either a safety issue or a health issue. The additional work of going up and down stairs can also be a deterrent from full use of your home. On the other hand, stairs may be commonplace in your experience and not be an issue.
One story townhomes are often harder to find than two-story ones. Builders and complex owners usually find that they can put more units — or larger units — into the same space if they use a two-story layout. If this is the case in your region, you may have much more choice of units and complexes if you will be happy with the more popular two-story townhouse.
Any time there is a smaller pool of inventory, the likelihood is higher than prices will rise. Therefore, you may end up paying more for a comparable size home with one style or another. And this may limit you to older townhomes, smaller units, or homes that need more renovation.
Because they are more efficient in their use of lot size, two-story townhomes may be larger on the inside. A builder can afford to spread out a little when they have that second floor to work with. If you have a family or want to upgrade from a small apartment, the added space might be enough to make up for any inconveniences like stairs.
Noise pollution within a townhome is a concern for some buyers, which the layout can minimize or add to. If one story units are stacked on top of one another, you may get more noise from upstairs or downstairs neighbors. or even external stairs. On the other hand, a two-story style could be noisier within your own home than a place with no stairs. The answer depends on the specifics of each complex.
When you take into consideration the various factors that make both one-story townhomes and two-story homes appealing, you will be able to find the right option for you. Want to know more about these styles? Visit a real estate agent to view townhomes in your neighborhood today.