a reply to: TinySickTears
I moved to an apartment after having owned my own home since 2002. A VERY BIG house. There are pros and cons.
I have at least 1 thread on this, I moved last month.
You will save money. I don't know where you live, but my apartment includes gas (both for cooking and heat, recently I found some apartments were
including heat but not cooking gas, and they were NOT clear on it in the ad, luckily the apartment I picked has an electric stove and separate
electric oven). Myself and housemate use the crock pot and microwave mainly anyway. Have used the oven once and the cooktop twice.
There are less lights to remember to turn off and we had bought a few motion detector battery operated lights previously. LED. Which will stay on long
enough, for say, the bathroom in the middle of the night. I just wave my hand.
I looked at probably 8 apartments before I decided/they decided and one I had to get a security deposit back from as my housemate recognized the
landlord from the past..a weird guy. You should google the landlord as they will be checking you.
I have difficulty getting used to the noise. The tenant upstairs has 2 rambunctious teens and she works nights, so they are roughhousing sometimes
until 1am. They do laundry 10x more than myself and the other 2 apartments combined and at all hours. The laundry room is under my bedroom. An
unbalanced washer at 4am is like waking to an earthquake.
The NOISE will be difficult to get used to. Try for an upper apartment. I had to pick lower as my housemate is handicapped. I hear their fridge buzz
The management company is slow to fix things and slow to shovel or bring ice melt. So, if you live where it snows, bring a shovel and rock salt and a
salt spreader. For the time it takes for you to tell them they are not doing their job.
Otherwise, I was lucky. $750 a month, maybe 8 blocks from where I lived before in one of the safest villages in America. 3 entrances. And a set of
screened french doors to the outside besides the 3 entrances. A massive living room. A normal sized dining room. A small kitchen, but with ample large
cupboards, drawers and wrap around counters. Some of the cupboards open into the dining room on the other side. I have the space, yet a really small
floor to wash in there (good thing!).A normal sized old fashioned, fully tiled bath, mainly black and white tiling and a HUGE bathtub. I get a MASSIVE
storeroom in the basement. The closets are good sizes. Big coat closet and linen closet. Wood floors all shiny re done. Many original fixtures in the
1924 built brick building and a HUGE patio, 2 of the entrances leading to the patio. The washer is free, the dryer is coin. Odd for any apartment
building to have 1 free. Not complaining.
Look at a lot of them!!! Don't jump too fast. Pay first and security. No reason for 1st, last and security. Take pictures the day of signing. Write
down any damage you see on BOTH copies of the lease. The property manager will probably try to rush you. Too bad. Get any promises for fixing things
in writing or text right there.
Meet the neighbors. If you have to deal with coin laundry, it's always nice to be able to knock on a door and ask for change for a dollar if you don't
feel like going out.
Invest in heavy curtains. A lot of apartment walls are paper thin. You don't want noise going in or out. Some people hang tapestries. Put down throw
rugs. Put in noise cancelling plexiglass on windows.
When I signed the lease, only the one apartment across the hall was occupied. Later the 2 above got filled. I never see the woman upper and across.
But I cannot escape the noise from directly above.
Most should be freshly painted when you move in. If it isn't, they just don;t care and may to charge you when you move out.
It took longer to find than I thought, but I am glad it took a lot to look through. I bet it would be louder if there were more than 4 units. It is in
a residential neighborhood, no other apartments around.
I would recommend against a 2 family where the owner is the other family, they would probably be incredibly nosy.
If you have animals, I noticed a few ridiculous ads, like $20 extra PER MONTH PER CAT. UMM...no. If you have a dog or dogs, there is usually 1 upfront
fee. Where I moved accepts 2 cats or one quiet dog at no extra charge.
The patio is big enough for my huge grill, a small wicker loveseat, 2 bikes, a small table. I said goodbye to the huge Intex pool, but if I can't
handle NO pool I will get the tiniest intex pool to sit in LOL. it will fit, but will block my housemate's door to the patio. Screw 'em LOL.
That is my advice.
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