Semi-detached houses offer similar convenience and comfort as a detached single-family house although construction and maintenance costs can be reduced thanks to the smaller requirement for land and a common infrastructure.
However, you'll have to make some compromises because you live in relatively close contact to your neighbour.
- With only one neighbour, a semi-detached house offers almost as much individuality as a detached single-family house, above all when the sitting areas in the garden are widely separated.
- The construction and maintenance costs are lower than for detached houses thanks to a reduced requirement for land and due to common installations (e.g., the heating system).
- In a good location, resale is relative problem free.
- Having just a single neighbour can be problematic if you don't get along well with each other.
- Because two parties live in the same building, you have less freedom in the design of the floor plan, and in some circumstances you must make compromises.
- A semi-detached house must also be maintained. This type of residential property has limited suitability for those of an advanced age.