Renting a house or an Apartment? Pros and cons

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  1. vickilyn

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    Parents are in FL, right? You want to be in Georgia? I think a house with room for a single room-mate makes great sense, but only you can decide if that works for you. First and foremost, you need a state and then a designated locale that will fit your needs for your ST. The mowing is great exercise, so a healthy benefit. I had a couple of houses when in school - I don't think I ever had an apartment once I was out of undergrad. Figure in things like homeowners insurance, too, since there can be damage from leaky pipes, hot water heaters, and the list goes on. It is the cheapest way to maintain your sanity when the unexpected happens. I will say that older houses may be less adequately insulated, which would influence utility costs. A lot that I might suggest would depend on whether or not you have secured a student teaching position, which impacts the state and consideration of your commute. Lots of pros and cons, but only you can crunch the numbers and your concrete plans.
     
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    I recently worked my Craigslist magic and I just moved into a sweet new place for $550/month, and I live in California, which is normally very expensive for most people. Seriously, check out Craigslist.
     
  3. Lisabobisa

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    If you live in FL bugs, lizards, and frogs are part of the territory. We build our houses on old swamp land what do we expect? I don't let it bother me, keep my house clean and clutter free, and sweep up the dead palmetto bugs that will eventually land in my house and dispose of them. Every summer I have ants come in... I set some traps, spray if I need to, and keep food closed and put away. My landlord tried to come close up some cracks but they still find their way in. It's not a big deal to me. My mom had the same issue every summer in PA.

    Upkeep can be hired out. My landlord does it for me because I share the yard so that was the deal when I moved in. (She hires out. Florida is hot! I don't blame her)
     
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    I am in South GA and the weather and bugs are just the same as in Florida. I am afraid of roaches because I never had to live with them. Even when living in Florida, the roaches that I would see were the BIG ones or the kind that fly into the house.
     
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    Sometimes you get what you pay for. I love this saying: “I can’t afford cheap.” You just left cheap because of the poor conditions. Learn from that experience.
     
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    Nice idea, but life does not always work that way. You might not be able to afford cheap, but sometimes that's all you can afford.

    Now, options are getting a good quality roommate to help share expenses. Or renting a room in someone's house for the meantime instead of having your own place. By giving up some wants temporarily, it can help you in the long run. However, with a track record of poor choices, it makes finding a good place or a good roommate more problematic.
     
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    A roach would not be a deal-breaker for me. In Louisiana, we just know that they exist and are around.
     
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    Cheap becomes expensive when one needs to hire pest control for infestation, repairmen for worn out appliances/plumbing. Cheap also sometime compromises one’s safety and health. I can’t afford that. So yes, your options present good ways to avoid the perils and pitfalls of ‘cheap’.
     
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    Wow, the apt & home rent amounts in your area are cheap compared to my area! I wish that's all I had to pay. While the 3-bedroom house's rent is great, I wouldn't dare rent any place in which I already saw a roach. That means there's many more you haven't seen yet.

    Good luck finding a place! I also agree w/ it being hard to go back to an apt once you've lived in a house.
     
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    I am not sure about the saying. Before I moved into the apartment that had maggots and bed bugs, I stayed in a one bedroom apartment that was 550 a month. Never had an issue with bedbugs and maggots. This complex was built for the elderly so there weren't fancy amenities which are often available at the expensive complexes. I decided to move from that place to the bedbug apartment that I paid 1000 to stay(First month and pro-rate fee) The price of rent per month was 787! So although the place was expensive, the upkeep was fairly cheap. Thin walls, walls cracked easily, paint splatter in the tub, including leftover hair from the previous tenant was in the tub. The place was a disaster. I never had those issues in the cheaper apartment. Great walls, never heard my neighbors, safe area, and the people were nice.
     
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    I thought about this too. What if I spend more money paying for pest than rent???? The owner renovated the place but the stove was a bit worn out
     
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    Yes, It is very easy to rent here without breaking your pockets
     
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    I think that’s why I live where I do. Everything dies in the winter, so it is almost unheard of to have any type of routine pest control. I can handle mice that come in the fall and a few spiders, but I love not having to worry about other critters. I had a pine snake in my garage the other day, and that was almost too much for me!
     

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