Should You Avoid End Terrace Houses?

  • Less neighbours equals less noise but more energy use.
  • Find out why people choose end terrace houses over mid-terraced ones.

End of terrace houses can be a great option if you’re looking to take a step up from mid-terrace residences when moving home.

The Advantages of an end of terrace house

When compared to a mid-terrace house, end of terrace houses have a fair number of advantages. There are disadvantages too, like there are for any residence, but we’ll get to those later.

Space

Because an end of terrace house only has another house on one side, there is usually more space than other terraced houses. The garden, especially, will be bigger than mid-terraced houses, particularly if the garden stretches around the side of the home.

This makes end of terrace houses more desirable, thanks to the extra space that comes when a property doesn’t have another property bracketing it on both sides.

Older terraced properties are already small and can seem squashed together, yet they are often cheaper, too. Having an old, end of terrace house is like having the best of both worlds. Space, without the added price tag.

Neighbours

Unliked mid terrace houses, anyone living in an end terrace house will only have one set of neighbours. This can be a huge plus for many renters and homeowners who are looking for a quieter place to live. You’re also less likely to be living next to huge groups of students.

Semi-detached alternative

Semi-detached properties are more expensive than end of terrace houses, although they could both be seen as the same property type. The only difference is the type of property your neighbour has.

Semi-detached properties will have a single neighbouring house that isn’t attached to any other house, while end of terrace houses can be attached to a row of other houses.

As such, you could see a end of terrace house as a cheaper alternative to a semi-detached house. Semi-detached houses are often seen as luxury homes, which hikes up their price. However, as an owner or renter, you’ll have as much privacy with an end-terraced house as a semi-detached one.

An example of a semi-detached property, where each house only has one neighbour.

Why choose end of terrace over other housing types?

Anyone on the market for a new property has a maximum budget that they can spend on buying or renting said new property. Inexpensive properties include studios, flats, shared housing, and terraced housing.

Of these, you will undoubtedly achieve more space in terraced properties. The level of space then depends on whether you decide to move into a mid-terrace or an end of terrace house. Mid-terrace properties have neighbours on both sides and smaller gardens.

Past terraced housing, there’s semi-detached, detached, and then speciality properties like cottages. There are also townhouses, bungalows, and more.

The reason that many families, couples, and individuals on the housing market choose an end of terrace house is because you get the space without the added price.

Price

According to the statistical website “Statista”, the average price of a terraced house was £228,000 in the UK in 2019, while a semi-detached was £245,000. That difference of £17,000 might not seem like a lot when you consider the full price, but it can easily be more than someone can afford.

This is also the overall price average. These figures will rise substantially for London houses, and are more likely to be lower in various areas of the midlands.

The disadvantages of end of terrace houses

As we mentioned at the start of this piece, all dwelling types have their advantages and disadvantages. A lot of what a homeowner will put up with is considered differently depending on the area, too.

For example, anyone looking for inexpensive housing in central London will more than likely just be looking for the essentials, but for someone buying property in the countryside, they’ll have more criteria. It’s about the location and price as much as anything else.

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Safety

In urban spaces, where there are plenty of properties with backstreets and alleyways, crime is a hot button issue. Burglars will target end of terrace houses more than mid terrace ones because there’s only one neighbour to contend with.

It’s an awful thought, but no less true. Homeowners and renters that live in mid-terraced properties in densely populated streets are going to feel safer because there are more people to listen out for disturbances, and the walls are thinner – which makes things easier to hear.

To combat this point, there are some terraced houses that back onto the next street’s houses’ gardens. These can be safer to live in, especially if your street is raised up from the street you back onto (this will occur on streets that are uphill).

Parking

Like any other style of terraced house, parking is likely to be an issue. This can sometimes be the deciding factor when someone is looking at end of terrace houses and semi-detached houses. Parking in terraced streets is an infamous nightmare.

A row of terraced houses at sunset, where the entire street is laced with parked cars.

Heating

End of terrace houses are notoriously colder than mid terrace houses. This is because terraced houses usually have thinner walls with less insulation. In mid-terraced homes, this is fine because the heat of your neighbours’ homes makes up for the lack of insultation.

But in end of terrace homes, you don’t have that luxury. With just one neighbour on one side, you will quickly notice how much colder your home gets when the heating isn’t on. An exposed wall will always cause heat loss.

Questionable loft space

In an end of terrace house, you may or may not have access to your loft space. Older terraced properties have shared loft space, which residents cannot access for obvious reasons.

You might get lucky and have a newer home where you have your own space, but it really depends on the location of your new property and when that property was first built.

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