If you are in the market for a single-family home, then you may have to choose between a single-story house and a multistory house. Below are some of the factors you can use for the comparison.
Multistory properties tend to cost more than their single-story counterparts. This is because multistory properties involve more expertise and material during construction, such as the slab separating the lower and upper floors. Multistory properties also require deeper and stronger foundations than single-story properties.
Multistory homes also tend to be more secure than single-story homes. This is especially true for the upper-level rooms. It is more difficult for a thief to break into the upstairs rooms than the downstairs rooms. Thus, if you forgot to close an upstairs window, the security risk would not be as great as it would be if you forgot to close a downstairs window.
If you value your privacy, then you will also love a multistory home. You can use your rooms upstairs that other people, such as guests, cannot access. For example, you can restrict your guests downstairs when hosting parties. The privacy will also come in handy if you have a multigenerational household; some generations can have their rooms downstairs while the others enjoy the upstairs.
In any home, the available yard space depends on the size of the house and the size of the lot on which the house stands. For a multistory house and a single-story house of the same size, sitting on similar lots, the multistory house often has a bigger yard. Keep this in mind if you value a big yard, such as if you have kids.
In case of an emergency, it is typically easier and faster to get out of a single-story house than a multistory house. For example, if there is a sudden storm or fire outbreak at night, you will require more time to get out of an upstairs bedroom than a downstairs bedroom. In extreme emergencies, even a couple of minutes can mean the difference between safety and injuries. This distinction is even more important in neighborhoods that experience frequent disasters.
Navigation and Accessibility
Lastly, navigating a single-story house is easier than navigating a multistory house. This is especially true for those who need assisted mobility, such as those who use wheelchairs. It is also true for invalids or the aged.
Both single-story homes and multistory homes have their benefits; it all depends on your circumstances. Whichever route you choose to take, engage a real estate professional to make the purchase process efficient.