🏠5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Townhouse

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If you want to own a home but are not sure if you can keep up with a spacious yard, then a townhouse might just be your best option.


Just as you would with any other property, you need to consider certain things before you ultimately decide to buy a Kingstowne VA townhouse. Aside from the property’s architectural style, other factors that you need to carefully consider before sealing the deal are its neighborhood, crime statistics, tax rates and schools in the area, as well as its accessibility to public transportation.


Here are the specific questions to ask yourself before buying a townhouse: 


1. How good is the quality of its walls?


Before purchasing a townhouse, it is important that you know the quality of materials used in building its walls, especially those that are shared with neighboring townhouses. In case of fire, does it have a firewall to prevent the smoke and fire from spreading? Do the walls meet current local fire safety codes? Are they soundproof?


Sometimes, a homeowner who has just purchased a townhouse without a firewall has to pay for fire safety modifications. Are you ready for such additional expenses? 


2. Will you have enough privacy in the exterior spaces of your home?


Check if there are walls that separate the townhouses, or if the units have shared privacy screens. Of course, you wouldn’t want your neighbor to be staring directly at you from their rear deck, so make sure that the townhouse gives you enough privacy.


Houses for Sale in Kingstowne VA- Take note of these five things to consider when buying a townhouse!


3. Is your townhouse physically separated from the other townhouses?


Once you live in a townhouse, you will be partly responsible for exterior maintenance. If you don’t want to encounter maintenance headaches in the future, check if there are clear demarcations of the boundaries of your home—from the roof, the concrete curb, down to the driveway. 


4. How much do you have to pay for common maintenance?


Townhouse owners living in most townhouse associations usually pay for maintenance of public amenities such as recreational parks, parking areas and even private roads. Before you decide to buy a townhouse, make sure that you know how much all of these will cost you.


Note that unlike tenants, homeowners cannot withhold payment of such mandatory assessments. If you do that, your townhouse association can place a lien on your home and collect on that lien either with a financial judgment or the foreclosure of your property. 


5. How much of the property is really yours?


If your townhouse is part of a condominium association, then the only part of the property that you own is the interior, which covers the interior walls and everything inside it. You do not own the exterior walls, the driveway and the yard. 


Most likely, you also have limited ownership of patios, decks, porches and other spaces outside your home. If you love decorating or modifying exterior spaces, it is important that you clarify how much of the property you really own before buying it.


Buying a townhouse for sale in Kingstowne VA is a huge financial commitment, so you have to make it right. Most homeowners find a problem with their new home within the first couple of months of purchase.


If you don’t want to eventually regret your decision to buy a townhouse, know the right questions to ask before you buy. Call Amanda Davidson at 703-431-3755 and she’ll be glad to assist you throughout the process.



In case you can not view this video here, please click the link below to view 5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Townhouse on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrbvn7Ve2ys&feature=youtu.be

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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Amanda.  These are questions that all potential townhome purchasers should know.

Oct 17, 2018 05:57 AM #3
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I hope home buyers will read this post. Thank you for sharing. Have a good day 

Oct 17, 2018 06:54 AM #4
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

What? only five questions to ask?..... lol

You bring up some great questions, I love the one about walls? if you have ever seen the new Geico Insurance commercial with the gecko lizard buying a townhome and the neighbors are talking through the walls...ha!

Enjoy your week....

Oct 17, 2018 06:54 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice to share with prospective townhouse purchasers. Those walls are somtimes thinner than anticipated.

Oct 17, 2018 07:12 AM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Amanda,  Good advice for sure that  buyers need to ask.  You are the best!

Oct 17, 2018 09:28 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Amanda - not all townhouses are created equal.  You have laid out some important question for buyers and they can get the answers form you.

Oct 17, 2018 10:26 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You always know the questions that your clients need to ask, they are so lucky to have someone as caring and knowledgeable as you are!

Oct 17, 2018 10:29 AM #9
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Amanda - these questions and the answers are a smart way to determine if a townhouse purchase is prudent.

Oct 17, 2018 11:23 AM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Amanda, great post, and valid questions buyers should be asking.   We are seeing MANY special assessments on attached properties around here.

Oct 17, 2018 11:32 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

These are great questions for town house buyers to ask and investigate before getting too far along...and not all communities are the same. The HOA fees and what they cover can be a big deal. It’s also important to understand the mortgage side of things as compared to condos.


Oct 17, 2018 03:18 PM #12
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

These are questions that buyers need the answer to. I see many buyers that have no idea what to ask or know.

Oct 17, 2018 06:47 PM #13
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good questions, all, Amanda. Reading and understanding the homeowner association docs is a crucial step, too.

Oct 17, 2018 08:30 PM #14
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Great questions for buyers of townhomes to ask.

I would suggest adding: What are the HOA rules and financial status.

Oct 18, 2018 06:40 AM #15
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Thank you all so much, I haven't been in the Rain as much this week as I'd like and I miss it. I truly appreciate your positivity and kindness. 

Oct 18, 2018 06:10 PM #16
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Amanda S. Davidson great post for those who are considering a condo purchase and for agents who are not well-versed with this type of purchase...that demising wall is one of the most important factors.... most rules and regulations can be changed...the wall is the wall...

its fire rating and sound deadening quality is MOST important.

Oct 20, 2018 05:05 AM #17
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

We have people who sometimes ask about the availability of townhouses who move here....truth is...we have very very few.

Oct 20, 2018 08:00 AM #18
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Great advice for buyers, Amanda. There are so many townhomes in Northern VA. and you know that market so well.

Oct 20, 2018 07:10 PM #19
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

There's a lot to compare between single family homes and townhomes. As you point out, distinct difference in space, privacy and ownership :)  Great post!

Oct 22, 2018 05:43 PM #20
Tonya R. Taylor
SavvyBizBuilder.com - Columbia, MD
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This is all GREAT information I wish I had known to ask before I purchased my house. Thanks for the info!

Oct 25, 2018 05:41 AM #21
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Great information for buyers looking for a townhouse! I'm here from Gabe's share. 

Oct 29, 2018 07:24 AM #22
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