Making the decision to buy your first home with a significant other is one of the most important decisions of your life. It doesn’t matter what type of property it is: it is vital that you choose property that will benefit the both of you. A property should strengthen a relationship as the right property allows you to live comfortably and grows with you.
If you are considering buying a condo apartment, you’re going to have to make this decision. It will most likely dwindle down to two choices: to have a two-bedroom apartment, or not to have a two-bedroom apartment? Have a conversation with your significant other, and answer the following questions honestly to decide which type of apartment best suits your living situation.
Will your lifestyle change anytime soon?
You may think that a one-bedroom apartment is more than enough room for you today, but is that going to be the case a few years from now? Think seriously about that question for a moment. Do you expect a family member to move into your apartment at some point in the near future? Will you want to rent the bedroom to earn extra money later on? Plan ahead today so you don’t regret your decision later.
How much space do you need?
Everyone’s different: some couples can live comfortably in a studio apartment while others need extra space and privacy. If the idea of having an extra room to use as a flex space or just a spare room is appealing and you can foot the extra amount per month, seriously consider choosing an apartment with a second bedroom. Discuss with your significant other if the two of you will actually benefit from the extra space. There’s an abundance of things you can do with an extra bedroom, too: a space for studying, a bedroom for pets, exercising, leisure, or simply a guest room. If an extra room presents more positives than negatives, it’s worth considering.
Will you start a family soon?
This is the biggest question. If you have an inkling that you may be starting a family in the next few years, seriously consider planning ahead and opting for a second bedroom just in case. The two of you may be able to live comfortably in a one bedroom apartment, but a baby will change all of that. You need an extra room for changing dirty diapers, for the baby to sleep, and an extra space to play and interact with the child.
Is a guest room mandatory?
If the only thing you want to use the extra room for is just a guest room, seriously think about whether or not this is mandatory. How many guests do you expect to sleep at your home on a regular basis? Do you expect multiple family members to spend the night regularly? If the answer isn’t a resounding, ‘no,’ and it’s just as easy for guests to crash on your couch versus sleeping in a guest room, consider opting for a one-bedroom apartment to save money.
Prefer to live minimally?
A great perk of living in a one-bedroom apartment is that it forces you to only buy what you need. When you have extra space, it’s tempting to buy décor you do not need to decorate the home. If you are keen on living a minimalistic lifestyle and want to keep your spaces free of stuff you don’t need, this is a great way to put that lifestyle into action. This route will save you a ton of money in the long run; if this is a goal for you and your significant other, opt for the one-bedroom apartment.
When it’s time to make one of the most important moves of your life, choose a neighbourhood that has your best interest in mind. Choose LJM Tower to seamlessly move into your next apartment, and allow our team to find the perfect fit for you and your significant other. Located in one of the hottest up-and-coming scenes in GTA, you’re going to feel pride living in Hamilton at LJM Tower. Give us a call today, and let’s start the process of finding you the perfect home!