Renting your living space may mean you don’t own the property, but it also means you have a lot of choice over location, and even the condition of the living space you ultimately end up in. For some people, budget plays a relatively small role in choice, and it’s really more about the pros and cons of the living space. Renting an apartment versus renting a townhome are two very different things, but what are the differences?
This will usually be the pricier of the two choices, but comes with both its pros and cons. If you live in a town-home, you’re choosing to live in a “small house.” Townhomes will usually have at least two floors, with living room, kitchen and other rooms on one floor, and the bedrooms on another. However, townhomes are not fully detached homes, and may share one more or more walls with other townhomes attached to the unit.
Along with the increase in rent, townhomes may also offer increased control, such as the ability to paint walls, the exterior, and even change the carpet if you don’t like it. However, you may also be responsible for upkeep, such as shoveling the sidewalk in the winter.
The apartment, on the other hand, is one smaller living unit in a building four—or even dozens—of other units, tightly jammed into a single building. Rent on apartments is generally cheaper than rent on a townhome, alt-hough this is also balanced by smaller space, and less say about what you can do to the interior. On the other hand, usually if something breaks, and it’s not your fault, such as the fridge or stove, it’s the landlord that is responsible for replacing the hardware, not the tenant, so that lack of liability can be a big plus in some situa-tions.