Post # 1
Hi all, Fiancé and I are currently house hunting for first house and there are two that we like. One is a detached bungalow which needs a lot of work (smells of smoke, new kitchen, utility everything basically). It’s a three bed one bathroom detached bungalow very close to parents house and has a nice view of the mountains from living room. I would also say that in the future this would be a great investment but it does feels a little cramped to me. Other house is a four bed, three bathroom semi detached house in an quiet estate with around 30 houses. Very large kitchen diner and I love the look of the house but I am worried about being attached to another house. Currently live in a semi and do not hear much from the neighbours at all, but we could just be lucky right now. Worried that if we choose the semi we might kick ourselves in the future for not choosing the bungalow even though it’s nearly half the size. Also both houses are roughly the same price.
Have any of you been in this dialemma before choosing between a detached and a semi?
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
Nearly twice the space for the same price? Go for the bigger house. But get a building inspection first to make sure the dividing wall is good and solid and you aren’t going to have noise issues. What rooms are on the dividing wall? If it’s living room/kitchen/bathrooms I wouldn’t be concerned – bedrooms I’d want to check it out thoroughly.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre
I would go for the semi, twice the amount of space for the price. Get an inspection done. Good luck with everything
Post # 4
KiwiDerbyBride : the living room and also dining room downstairs are at the dividing wall and then two bedrooms but the master is on the other side so I’m glad about that. Thanks for the advise, sounds like a silly question but I’m just having a dialemma at the moment! 🙂
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I just don’t care much about size. Assuming the detached is big enough, I don’t see the need to have more space to buy furniture for and upkeep. Three bedrooms is plenty. I would pick mountain views, being closer to family, and not having to share walls. To me, that sounds like a great investment and a great house to live in for a very long time. The bungalow is a no brainer to me. But obviously PPs feel otherwise, which I think shows that you can’t really go wrong. Pick the one that feels best to you.
Post # 7
Do you have the money to put into fixing up the bungalow?
Privacy is extremely important to us, so I’d probably pick that one if there are funds for renovation. I like to sit in my back yard and not have my neighbors 10′ away. Mountain views sound awesome too. I would absolutely make sure to get an inspection either way.
Are they both equally good locations? Good school districts?
Post # 8
I’d get a quote from a company that deals with cleaning smoke odor and see how much it would cost you to make the mountainview home smell good.
Post # 9
I would think the detached home would be the better longterm investment, especially if you are easily able to put the money into renovations. I’d rather have a beautiful character home with a view and be near family than take the chance on a semi-attached.
Post # 10
Cleaning out a house that smells like smoke can be a LOT of work, depending on how much damage has been done. Honestly, you’d need to plan to replace a lot, wash everything with professional cleaning solutions, prime with a pricy primer, repaint multiple coats, get duct work replaced/professionally cleaned, etc. I would honestly never buy a house that had been smoked in because there’s just too much work involved with making it clean enough for me to feel comfortable.
If you don’t love the attached house, keep looking.
Post # 11
Location, location, location re investment. So I would seriously consider the bungalow, given the views of the mountains. Plus family nearby, if this is a good thing, is precious. This is if the smoke smell is cigarette smoke, not fire smoke. The former can be mitigated with fresh paint and cleaning (which I do with a new house anyway, including the ducts so not a big deal), the latter possibly means all kinds of other damage and might not be easy to remove
(Anyone want to tell me why Apple capitalized “Mountain View’s” and added an apostrophe like <—- – did it AGAIN- six times even after I added it to the dictionary without!?!?)
Post # 12
Are you planning to have kids? I couldn’t do one bathroom with kids.
Post # 13
stephanie90 : The smaller bungalow only has ONE bathroom? That’s a hard “no” from me. Also, I’m very sensitive to smells and smoke in particular is very irritating to me. It seems like the smaller house would cost more to make it livable than the larger house. I’d pick the larger, semi-attached house. Good luck!
Post # 14
I second what italianbride said. We bought a house that smelled like smoke and I’ll never do it again. It is a lot of work to get that smell out. It’s not just a simple coat of paint. The primer is expensive- maybe $30/gal, but the smell gets into everything. So you have to paint or replace the doors and trim, replace carpet or refinish hardwoods etc…
Would you be able to renovate before moving in? We moved in right away and gradually fixed things ourselves. The smell got into our clothes and I could smell it on me when I left the house. Yuck.
Post # 15
Westwood : we do but not an awful lot as I still want to keep savings for a rainy day etc. Fiancé is a tradesman so we would be doing most of the work ourselves so that would save a good bit. Semi is very close to two grammar schools, a high school and primary school and bungalow is near a high school and primary school. Although my town isn’t overly big so any school can be reached within easy access. Both are good locations, although bungalow on a main road which I currently live on which is a pain when you ever want to have a lie in! Lol