IELTS task 2 sample answer…living in a house or apartment?

Hello, a quick post for today showing a sample answer for a advs vs disadvs question. I have a few spare essays left over from my lessons so I thought I might as well make use of them to show you some examples of my teaching put into practice as it were. This essay is of the “Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?” type of question. As you may have seen from an earlier post  there is a particular structure we need to use which is as one side outweighs the other, we need two items on one side and only one on the opposite side. 

As you will see from the example below, the two advantages I mention are space, and peace and quiet, versus the disadvantage which is price. I won’t post the structure here as you can find it on my previous post, just the example. It is a little long at 381 words but I wrote it in less than 40 mins (probably ten) to try to get the feel of the time constraints you will be under, so it is not perfect. Of course, perfection is not always possible, you might get a question you have no idea about, or you can’t think of any good reasons and examples, in that case, you have to do the best you can. As I tried to do here. So, here it is…

Some people prefer to live in a house, while others feel that there are more advantages to living in an apartment.

Are there more advantages than disadvantages of of living in a house compared with living in an apartment?

It has been argued that despite many people living in houses, the advantages of living in an apartment are greater. This essay disagrees with this view and will show that the advantages of having more space and more peace and quiet outweigh the disadvantages of cheaper living costs.

For many people the main benefit of living a house is that of space. That is to say, a typical house in my country may have two floors and several bedrooms, and possibly some outside area such as a garden. For example, my parents house in England has three bedrooms, a dining room, and a lounge, as well as a garden front and rear. This stands in contrast to most apartments which may only consist of a studio or one or two rooms.

The second reason for many people is that of peace and quiet. Depending on the kind of house, you might have no immediate neighbours, or only on one side, possibly both if a terrace. This is in contrast with an apartment where you may have neighbours on all sides and both above and below you. For example, if you have noisy neighbours in the upstairs or downstairs apartment to you, then that can make your life a living hell. Whereas, in a house you might only have potential noise from one side, if at all.

However, for many people the main advantage of life in an apartment is its cheaper price whether buying or renting. This could well be important if the owner/occupier is single as many apartment dwellers are in big cities. For example, if we consider the housing market in the UK in 2016, to buy a typical semi-detached house might go for half a million GBP depending on the area, whereas a one bedroom apartment might cost half that amount.

In conclusion then, despite apartments being the housing choice for many people, I believe that the factors of having more room to live, and the difference in cost mean that houses have a clear advantage for living space.

381 words.