Apartment living: Is it right for you?
It would be fair to say that apartments are quite a cultural type of home around the world. In other words, they might be almightily popular and the only type of housing in some nations, but in others they are the complete opposite.
If we take the UK as an example, it’s a mixed bag. Sure, the city centers are full to the brim of them, and new blocks seem to be popping up every week. However, if you venture outside of the center a mile or so, you will soon see that houses replace these great blocks.
For someone who has never resided in such a building, it can be quite a shock to the system. Life in apartment blocks is a lot different and through today’s post, we will take a look at whether or not it’s really going to be right for you or not.
The moving implications
First and foremost, let’s talk about the practicalities involved of physically moving to an apartment.
There are a lot of them, usually because they happen to be based quite high on several stories.
As such, make sure you have the appropriate manpower to make this happen. Some of you might attempt it in stages, and use some local storage to help you along your way. Others might just recruit the professionals from day one and get the job done. Either way, there are practicalities – and they need tackling early doors.
What are your renovation aspirations?
Some of you might have your head full of renovation ideas, which tend to be part for the course when you live in a standard house.
However, when it comes to apartment life, it would be fair to say that your options are a little more limited. Let’s not forget that you are not the only occupier in the building, so any work you do carry out cannot impact those around you.
For example, let’s take the removal of a load bearing wall as an example. It’s not the easiest task to carry out in a standard home, but as soon as you venture into an apartment you have other residents around you. Any change you make might impact their apartment – which is naturally out of the question.
Then, there is the exterior. Again, it’s fairly obvious to say that you can’t make any changes to the look of the building, as you are sharing it with so many other people.
Ob the subject of the neighbors…
We’ve just touched upon the neighbors, but in truth it needs its own section. Granted, certain types of houses are going to prompt this problem as well – but nowhere near as much as an apartment.
Put simply, you almost live in each other’s pockets. You tend to be surrounded by other people, both on the same floor, on floors above you, and on floors below you. Ultimately, there are noise implications, as well as other side effects from living really close to others.
For some of you this won’t be an issue. For others, it will just be too much.