Hate the Nightmare of Exterior Home Maintenance in Anchorage? Buy a Condo Instead of a Home
by Dan Wolf
on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 12:30pm.
Maintaining the exterior of your home or vacation home in Anchorage is a chore. Year round, you've got long grass, dead flowers, and dull colors to revive after harsh weather conditions. You've got to mow and edge your lawn and weed your flowerbeds in the summer. In addition, with the winter time ice and snow, the list just gets much longer.
Many people hire someone to take care of snow removal and yard upkeep, but this becomes expensive and doing it yourself is not only unpleasant; who has the time? If your thoughts on exterior maintenance are somewhat like this, then you should consider buying a condo instead of a home. This is because exterior maintenance comes along with the cost of your condo.
Condos in Anchorage range in price from $60,000, all the way up to $800,000. You can get smaller apartment sized condos or larger condos with four to six bedrooms and multiple bathrooms.
On the lower end, condos under $70,000 are sometimes handyman specials that need a little updating inside, in the way of new flooring, some paint, new bathroom and kitchen appliances etc. However, as the price goes up, you will find that most of the units are finished and ready for you to move in. Under $100,000 you will not get more than two bedrooms though. If you want more bedrooms, you will have to go up a few hundred thousand dollars.
Finished units often feature:
New high-end laminate flooring
New cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom
Wall to wall carpeting throughout
New energy-efficient lighting
Marble, Corian or stainless steel countertops
New regular appliances or stainless steel appliances
Access to bike trails
Access to shopping
Mountain views, and
So much more
In essence, for what you would pay for a home with an exterior you have to maintain, you can get a nice comfortable, modern condo with just about everything you're looking for in terms of size and amenities.
In addition, the home owners association for the condo takes care of:
Washing the building
Keeping the landscape looking beautiful during the warmer months
Making sure there's adequate night time lighting
Sealing the pavement and driveway surfaces
Salting the driveways and taking care of snow shoveling, and