Often snubbed for the lack of privacy and decades of association to the working class, the terraced home usually features toward the bottom of the ‘Must Have’ list when it comes to hunting a new home. But are home buyers now falling foul of the stigma?
First, the pros:
Shared walls equals reduced heat loss
With a house either side of you you’ll find that the need for insulation is dramatically reduced. While those in their detached homes have the heating on full you’ve yet to touch that dial.
Larger on the inside
Another big reason for considering terraces is the footprint of the house. Because walls are shared, there’s more ‘house’ even on a very small lot. This might mean you end up with more rooms that you can knock through to have an airy living space or, as is often the case, larger rooms. Either way you can get more for your money.
Sense of Community
Neighbourhoods are often more supportive and friendly. That means there is always someone about to receive parcels for you, and when you’re off on holiday someone will be around to keep an eye on things for you.
Room to Grow
Long rear gardens will provide plenty of expansion room, but in some cases terraced houses may only have a yard. Plumbing and pipes will also cause issues when it comes to adding an extension or opening up rooms.
Now the Cons:
While this isn’t the case for every property, terraced houses do have a justified reputation for being noisy. If the neighbours have a dog, you’ll know about it. If the neighbours have a party, there’s a good chance you’ll wish you had been invited.
However, double glazing can mitigate a lot of this noise pollution, so it’s not as bad as it used to be. You can also use fitted furniture, bookcases, etc. to act as a secondary boundary between shared walls. Proper furnishings will reduce the noise too – carpets and curtains will absorb noise rather whilst tiles and blinds will reflect it.
Shared walls mean shared problems. One of the biggest strikes against a terraced house is the fact that you have limited privacy. Some might argue that new builds overlook one-another in much the same fashion and gardens back onto one another. Still, many people find the lack of privacy in terraced homes a distinct disadvantage. To avoid noisy neighbour syndrome, check what is overlooked, if anything. Fences and well placed plants can provide a vital screen.
Just like any property, the details are what makes it home. Never rule a property out just because it is terraced until you actually see it. These underappreciated homes can be a perfect opportunity for first time buyers to get on the property ladder, or a for family to find all the space they need. If you are savvy about your choices, it’s not impossible to find a terraced house with a drive and a garden to enjoy summer evenings in.