Whether you’re buying your first property, or deciding on the next step for you and your family, choosing the right home can be difficult.
There’s so many kinds of properties, and knowing what to expect from each one is near impossible, so we’re going to help you explore the main kinds of property found in the UK, and break down the pros and cons of each one.
Welcome to the Quick Buyers Property Guide
Many young people or couples start their journey on the property ladder in a flat due to them being a smaller and often more affordable property, but what is a flat?
A flat is a self-contained property found in ‘a block’, meaning your property is in the same building as many other similar spaces. Most flats are relatively basic and have a kitchen, living/dining space, bathroom and bedroom(s). The layout of flats varies, some have a separate kitchen to living area, some are combined into one larger, more open space. Some higher priced flats may have bigger rooms, more bedrooms/bathrooms and maybe even dedicated dining rooms, separate from the kitchen and living area.
The term ‘studio flat’ is to describe a small property where all the usual rooms such as kitchen, living rooms and bedroom, are combined into one space, apart from the bathroom that is usually separated.
Some flats can be two floors but in general, they are more commonly known as one floor properties.
The size of flats and what you get depends on the money, some also come with a balcony or terrace area. It is rare that a flat will come with a large outdoor area that is private to you, some flats have shared outdoor spaces, however some have no outdoor space with them, which is the case for a lot of urban flat blocks.
Parking can be an issue with flats, many flat agreements come with one or two reserved parking spaces, however you can’t always assume a block of flats has allocated parking or even a private area to park at all.
Many people dream of a country cottage, with plenty of private land and old-fashioned structuring, and many cottages are like that, particularly ones found in rural Britain.
Modern cottages however, are not like that. Nowadays, these kinds of properties are designed to have a larger ground floor, and a smaller upper floor, which is secured with poles to ensure the building is structurally sound.
The amount of land and parking space with new and old cottages varies depending on location, however the majority are now all equip for the modern day with electricity and heating.
Stereo-typically associated with older people, bungalows are one floor properties. Bungalows often take up more ground space as they have all the usual rooms but all on one floor which makes the blue print of the property bigger.
Some bungalows can be small, but they can also be quite large and have multiple bedrooms.
Like other properties, the amount of private land and parking space is unique to each property and depends on its location.
One of the more expensive kinds of property is a detached house. This kind of property comes at a higher price as you pay for the privacy. Unlike other kinds of houses, detached houses stand separately from any other property and have no connecting walls with other buildings.
Detached houses are commonly known for being bigger and having more private land surrounding them. The size and layout of a detached house varies depending on the location and how far it is situated from other properties.
Often a classic choice as family homes, and one of the most common kinds of property, semi-detached houses are connected to one other property and share walls on one side.
The best way to think of semi-detached properties is that they come in pairs, so getting along with your neighbours is key with this kind of property!
The size of these kinds of houses and the layout is different with everyone, many of them have private gardens to the back and sometimes the front, but only have private land surrounding one side of the house as the other is connected.
Drive space with these properties varies depending on the location.
Terraced houses are an old-fashioned build yet still extremely common. These properties are joined to others on both sides, therefore having connecting walls with your neighbours on both sides.
Many terraced houses are smaller properties, made this way so many can build many on one road. Some terraced houses have small private gardens at the back, but it is rare they will have any private land on the front, and never to the side.
It is also unusual to find terraced houses with private driveways, some have allocated parking nearby, however many only have ‘on-street parking’ that is non-reserved.
The price of a terraced house is one of the cheapest, and they are often favourite for first homes.
End of Terrace
Unlike the rest of the properties on the road, the end of terrace property will only be attached to one other house, due to the fact it is on the end.
Being the end house on a row of terraces can sometimes provide slightly more outdoor space but not always, this is dependent on location.
The size of the property will often be no different from the other homes on the street.
So, those are the main kinds of property in the UK that you’re likely to come across on your property search, choosing the right one when moving will ensure you