Housing conversation questions

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  • Think of four advantages of living in a town as opposed to living in the country.
  • Think of four advantages of living in the country as opposed to living in a town.
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in a house or a flat?
  • How many different homes have you lived in? Which did you prefer?
  • Would there be more houses available if everybody only had one house?
  • What do you think about people keeping big dogs in flats?
  • Which would you rather spend your money on - a wonderful house or wonderful holidays?
  • Do you think that old buildings are more beautiful than new ones? Why?
  • What city’s architecture has impressed you the most?
  • What is your relationship with your neighbours?

Getting a house[edit]

  • Which do you think is better: renting a house or buying one? Why?
  • Which of these factors would you consider to be the most important when buying a new house. Put them in order of importance: Number of bedrooms, Location, Nice Views, Sunny, Age, Near to public transport, Condition, Garden, Central heating, Size of living room, Separate dining room, Price.
  • Which of the following is the best to buy and why? A second hand house. A new house. A house which hasn’t been built yet.
  • If you could have a house anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  • Have you, your friends or your parents ever bought a house? What was the experience like?
  • Have you ever moved house? Describe the experience.
  • Describe your dream house.

House improvements[edit]

  • Houses use a lot of energy. What things could be done to make houses more energy efficient?
  • Burglary is always a worry for home owners. What kinds of things can be done to make houses more secure?
  • Do you normally try to make improvements to your home with your own hands or do you usually pay professionals? What are the advantages and disadvantages in each case?
  • Does your home have a garden? What is your opinion of gardening?


  • What are the advantages of living in an apartment?
  • How could apartments be better for families?
  • What are some disadvantages to living in an apartment for families?

Local area[edit]

  • What is the most exclusive area in your city? What is good about it?
  • Which local buildings would you recommend that tourists visit?
  • Describe a building you dislike. Why do you dislike it?
  • What is your general feeling about the architecture in your local area?

See also[edit]