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What is a Patio Home? Patio & Garden Homes Buying Guide

Do you dream of living in a beautiful and cozy house, but the budget always shatters your plan? If that’s the case, then Patio homes or garden homes might be your best alternative. Many people confuse it with a porch out front, but that’s not correct. So, what are patio homes?

Patio homes are similarly designed houses built side-by-side and as such, are also popularly termed as ‘cluster homes.’ They feature a spacious outdoor area and generally have a one-level floor plan. If you are looking to buy a patio-style home, then consider asking a few questions outlined below.

Let’s begin.

How Private is the Patio Home?

privacy in patio homes

Privacy is a tricky element in patio houses. As these houses share walls and driveways, it depends on your neighbors, how peaceful and private your home will be. So, investigate by asking your neighbors how serene or noisy the area is. If you like secluded places, you can also pay heed to the thickness of the walls and the overall layout before putting your money down.

What Are The Financing Options?

house finance options

It is important to calculate the financial aspects before moving into a patio house. It involves estimating the survey and appraisal fees, state recording fees, prepaid property tax, mortgage rates, escrow fees and the Homeowner’s Association dues so that you don’t end up paying any hidden costs. Since patio houses are budget homes, it is quite easier to finance the property.

What Amenities Are Available?

house amenities to look for

Different states offer different amenities to patio homes’ residents. Some communities might be separated in such a way that allows you to have access to a common pool and playground area, while some neighborhoods might endow you with your own private garden.

On top of that, you should consider the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in the house. You may also look for some conveniences like furniture or lighting accents such as plants and fountains that can transform your backyard or front yard with a captivating feel and vibe. So, before making an investment, search for the amenities you wish to have.

How Suitable is the Location?

how to choose a location for your home

When it comes to buying property, location is something that dictates the majority of your selection. Before signing the deed, scrutinize the proximity to prime locations like restaurants, stores, and medical places, etc. Take as much time as you want and ask yourself if this is the right location to spend at least 5-10 years of your life. If yes, then that’s the house for you!

The Bottom Line

A patio home is an ideal choice for anyone who wants to save money while experiencing true living in a green and open neighborhood. Moreover, these houses require low maintenance, allowing you to remodel the place the way you want. Not to forget the endless backyard ideas available for townhouses that can be used for staging the decor of your house up a notch.

If you're looking to purchase a property in Ardmore, contact Jennifer Sofield - a local Ardmore realtor.

I can help you navigate the home buying process and save you time, and certainly save you money. I get paid on commission by the seller when I bring them a buyer, so my services are completely free to home buyers. It is important for you to have your interests represented during the home buying process.

See you next time. 


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Jennifer Sofield is a team of Pennsylvania real estate licensee affiliated with Compass RE and the Town & Line Team. Compass RE is a licensed real estate broker and abides by equal housing opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. This is not intended to solicit property already listed. Nothing herein shall be construed as legal, accounting or other professional advice outside the realm of real estate brokerage. Compass RE Main Line office phone:  (610) 822-3356. Broker of Record: John Bilek. 

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