If you’ve been looking into a change in living situation lately, you might be considering moving into a single family home vs. moving into an apartment. Whether renting or buying, apartment living has its own set of drawbacks and benefits that you should take into consideration before making a commitment.

So what are the pros and cons of apartment living? Let’s examine why these living situations can be right for some and maybe not a match for others. 

Pros of Living in an Apartment

People love apartment living for a lot of reasons, from amenities, to location, to the lack of responsibility that comes with having a building or landlord. Let’s investigate the upsides of living in an apartment. 

  • Amenities

A lot of new buildings offer amenities that you just can’t have in a single family home. From in-building gyms, to common or social areas, pools, gardens, laundry facilities, and even in-building coffee shops or grocery stores, there are plenty of reasons to take advantage of what apartment buildings have to offer. 

  • Security

Living in a complex comes with an added layer of security. Most buildings have coded or guarded front doors, and many elevators require security passes or keys to access the floors in the buildings, not to mention your own locked door once you get to your unit. 

  • Location

Many apartment complexes are built in appealing or opportune locations by design, and can put you closer to the action for less than the price of a full home on the outskirts of town. 

  • Less Maintenance

Having a landlord, super, and building maintenance saves you the hassle of having to deal with broken appliances, faulty switches, and a host of other issues. This is a huge draw for a lot of people. 

Cons of Living in an Apartment

Now that we’ve explored why people love apartment living, let’s explore some downsides to the setup. 

  • Neighbors

A huge consideration for many people when thinking of apartment living is being subject to your neighbors. No one likes noisy neighbors, and having them all around in your complex can be a huge downside. 

  • Parking

Because of their often prime locations, some apartment complexes can have very limited parking situations. However, this isn’t universal, as many have garages to outside assigned parking spaces for residents that either come with the building or that they can rent monthly. 

  • Pet Restrictions 

Some apartment complexes have pet restrictions, pet fees, or pet rent that will come at an added expense for your furry friends. On top of their fees and breed restrictions, apartment complexes often will limit how many pets you’re allowed to have, and might fine or evict you if you violate these rules. 

  • Lack of a Yard

Going hand in hand with the pet policies at complexes, if you have a dog or an animal that needs a lot of exercise, the lack of a yard in an apartment can pose a huge downside. 

Whether you’re looking to move into an apartment or a single family home this year, make sure you have the right residential movers on your side to get your items to your new home safely. Contact Excel Moving & Storage today for the best local moving services for your move. 

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