Renting a house or an Apartment? Pros and cons

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  1. TeacherCuriousExplore

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    Well, I have packed my bags and moved out of the apartment that had bed bugs. The apartment was treated but they wanted me to pay for the treatment. After leaving bad reviews, about the apartment on google and other social media sites, the property managers owned up to their mistakes and offered to allow me to leave without paying the rent and the money to break out the lease. I received everything in writing that also states that I will not be reported to creditors. I am currently bunking on my parents' couch for 2 weeks while searching for another place. In the area, I noticed that the rates for the apartments have skyrocketed! 2 bedrooms 2 baths are almost 1000 dollars a month! Even the complexes that were built many years ago has remodeled and raised the rent near the thousands. Surprisingly, the rental homes are cheaper. A 3 bedroom homes in the suburbs are going for 700-1000 a month which in my opinion is a better deal than apartment units. I saw a cute little 3 bedroom home for 800 a month that I want that is located in a nice neighborhood. However I have a problem with doing the upkeep, I have to take care of the lawn which is not a big deal being that the lawn is small but it has a big backyard that will be great for planting the mowing would just be a hassle, I have to pay for pest control after the first 4 treatments, and I have to change the AC Filters. When touring the house, I saw a small ROACH on the wall! The upkeep is one thing but seeing a small roach may be a sign of an infestation. I do not want to go through that again!
     
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    In my opinion, once you move into a house, you will never want to live in an apartment.
    Pros for house:
    - backyard
    - garage (safe storage of your car and storage space)
    - own washer / dryer availability
    - no upstairs / downstairs neighbors, or neighbors on the other side of your wall
    - rooms are generally larger
    - because you're renting, you still don't have to pay for maintenance

    cons:
    - usually higher rent but not always too much higher, so it's still worth it
    - utilities ted to be more expensive
    - sometimes you have to supply appliances such as refigerator
    - you usually have to pay separate for water and trash
    - often required to pay for landscaping

    For me to pros outweigh the cons, but make sure you can afford it.
     
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    The house comes equipped with a fridge and all other amenities like an apartment but as you mentioned in the cons, I have to pay for water and trash.

    I calculating to see if these extra bills fit into my monthly budget. I bring in about 4k every month
     
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    If you are in the suburbs and plan to work not out of the home before your lease is over, account for added commuting costs or added commuting costs for going where you want to go. Expect heating and cooling to be higher since you aren't surrounded on multiple sides by others how are heating or cooling their units.
     
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    Yes, this should be considered too.
     
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    Is it crazy to want a 3 bedroom house if I do not have any kids or pets? I am single. It's just me
     
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    It depends. How hard do you want to work on domestic tasks? If you hate yard work and all of the extra cleaning in a large house, yes it is crazy to want what you don't have the desire (or depending on your skills the ability) to take care of.
     
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    I have never lived in an apartment, but some of my friends have. I’ve heard them complain about all kinds of things.

    When you are interested in a house, make sure to ask about exactly what you are in charge of (utilities and upkeep) plus how much the bills run for the house. You don’t want any surprises.
     
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    Sorry, but the roach on the wall would, literally, kill that deal for me. I don’t do bugs or snakes.

    I need my space, so a house would win out for me - but I enjoy yard work.
     
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    EXACTLY! The house was perfect but had a roach on the WALL
     
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    I bought a 3 bedroom house with 1.5 acres when I was 28. Just me. I used the biggest bedroom as my room, the next largest as a guest room, and the smallest as an office.

    When I got married two years ago, we built a large master suite. It’s just the two of us. I kept the office and guest room the way they were, and we turned the old master bedroom into an entertainment room. Not that we technically needed one. We also have a living room and a den.

    DH had a larger house (4 bedroom/2 bath) with a pool. He had more living space, too. And more yard.

    If you want more house than you need and it doesn’t put you in a financial bind to have it, go for it.
     
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    Bugs and other critters don’t necessarily bother me. However, I live in the country. It comes with the territory.

    I’ve never had roaches, but I’ve had spiders, ants, house centipedes, and mice. That’s why the exterminator comes from time to time.
     
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    The bed bug situation kind of creeped me out. Maybe there is way to have the house fumigated or bombed.... or whatever they do before I move my things in
     
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    Before I bought my home, I lived in two townhouses that I rented. The first one was a dive, but, adorable and cheap. The second one was very nice, two bedrooms, one bath, with an attached garage, cute little balcony. The dive was (10 years ago) 450 a month. The Nice one was a little under 700 (8 years ago).
     
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    I lived in a small, 2 bedroom house for a while. I am also single, and the rent was a steal, so I took it. The house was on a double lot, so I had a big yard to take care of. I didn't mind the mowing, raking or gardening. What did me in was shoveling snow. Winter lasts about 6 months here, and after getting stuck in the back lane 1 too many times, I decided house living wasn't for me. After 3 years in that house, I moved into a condo and I haven't looked back. But I did love that little (660 sq feet) house!
     
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    There is a condo that I am also interested in. It is so cute
     
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    The thought of having bed bugs again terrifies me which is why I am so afraid to try an apartment, townhouse, and condos
     
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    I had my house treated for pests before I moved in. I also had the carpet cleaned. It had been vacant for a couple of years.
     
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    I think that is crazy, especially if you are buying. If you are renting, I still say it is crazy but viable if you intend to get a roommate(s). Remember, you are buying at the peak of the market. Essentially, you will be paying top-dollar, for rooms that will vacant 90% of the time.

    I don't get that logic.
     
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    Bunking on your parents couch for two weeks....that seems to fit past practice.
    Truthfully, renting a house doesn’t sound like something that’s going to be a fit for you. It’s a BIG responsibility.
     
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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.
     
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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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