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Mark, Home Buyer in 10128

Assuming the size and condition is about the same, which type of house is easier and cheaper to maintain?

Asked by Mark, 10128 Sat Jan 18, 2014

A detached or semi detached frame house with siding or an attached brick townhouse? Which costs more to maintain the exterior of, to heat and cool the inside of, etc. Which one will have to have a larger maintenance budget. Thanks.

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Cheaper and better to maintain...in the next six months?
The one that is currently in the very best condition.
But you say they are in the same condition...(unlikely) then it is entirely your PREFERENCE!
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The reality is, frame constructions requires more maintenance than frame....
over the life of the structure.
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The reality is, frame construction deteriorates faster when neglected than a block constructed home.
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The reality is, a frame constructed home is easier to modify, and less expensive to modify, that a block constructed home. If you plan major changes this can prove important.
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The reality is, if all things were equal, the block home will cost more. There's a reason for that. If there is no price difference, you are missing something in regards to 'size and condition are the same.".

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727.420.4041
http://FirstLookHomes.us
Palm Harbor University High School distirct
http://annettelawrence.mfr.mlxchange.com/?Page=-1
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So, if someone who has lived in apartments his whole life and isn't at all handy is buying a house for the first time and has a chance to buy either an attached brick house or a detached frame house, which would the person be better off buying from a standpoint of degree of ease or difficulty to maintain? The attached brick? It is easier to maintain and that is why attached brick houses are generally more expensive than frame houses even when the frame house is detached?
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Much will depend on utility usage, much will depend on unexpected repairs, or everyday wear and tear, personal preferences, etc.; therefore you could consider asking the current owners the questions, and you could consider contacting the utility companies for estimates...
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Well Mark I will not know how to answer this question at this time because I will have to see some pictures of the house and then give you and opinion mark
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One factor to consider is if either property is energy efficiency rated. That can reduce an energy bill considering the applicable heating and cooling equipment. If not, implementation of these steps can take place to assist with monthly costs.

Regards,
Chad Roberts
Broker/Salesperson
Realty One Group
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That question is impossible for anyone to address, too many variables.
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Almost impossible to know. I would ask current owners what their experience has been. But even with that info, its difficult. Suppose you like the heat at 75 while the current owner was happy at 70? Or maybe you have a 5 person family and the current owner is only two. Or maybe one home has an energy efficient system while the other system is 20 years old.
Good luck
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