You finally decided that it’s time. You’re moving out. You know where you want to go, but you’re not sure where to live. You should figure that one out fast because the backseat of your car isn’t very homey. I’m sure you’ve narrowed it down between renting or buying (you’re probably going to rent because who wants you be tied down these days?). But now you’re stuck on whether to rent an apartment or a house? Well you’re in luck because I’ve done both and can help you outweigh the pros and cons!
Renting a House
My boyfriend and I rent a house now with our dog. We love it so very much! We moved to an area where the price wouldn’t be outrageous (our hometown).
Renting a house is amazing! You don’t have to deal with super thin walls and having to listen to your neighbors music until 2 am while you’re trying to cram for a test. You can have your own back yard which makes it a lot more convenient if you have pets. When renting a house, they also tend to be more lenient about painting and decorating. Living in a house is much more homey and you’ll probably be getting a lot more space.
Money, money, money… Renting a house is going to be quite a chunk of change each month. On top of that, if something breaks you’re probably going to be the one who has to take care of the issue. Lawn maintenance is another pain. Pushing the lawn mower around can be a pretty good workout, so I guess it could be looked at as a “pro” too.
Renting an Apartment
When my boyfriend and I first moved out of our parent’s houses, we went and rented an apartment. Living in a house now, I feel like we took for granted how easy it was living in an apartment. We didn’t have to stress out about anything when it came to maintenance. But as our dog got bigger, the apartment got smaller and we knew it was time to move to a house.
Don’t worry about ever having to lift a finger if anything is broken. It’s really a luxury! If you’re dishwasher broke or you keep seeing roaches around the place, have no fear because maintenance is already there. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little bit. How good maintenance is depends on your apartment complex. We got lucky enough that if we called about an issue early in the morning, they would be at our apartment later that day. I never had to look up a YouTube tutorial on how to fix a clogged drain. Also, you never have to worry about mowing the lawn. At our old apartment, there were never any dead plants or overgrown grass. The other factor is obviously money. It is cheaper (normally) to rent out an apartment. If you get an apartment with a pool the price goes up but it’s really a nice convenience to have.
I’m bringing up money again because I know that money is normally a lot of people’s main concern when moving out. Deciding on how nice of an apartment you are want and whether you’re going to have roommates or not will really weigh in on the price. One of the main reasons we moved from our apartment was because the price was pretty high for what we were getting out of our space. We thought that we could spend the few extra hundred a month and put it towards a house that had more square footage and had its own back yard for our dog to play in. For us the apartment scenario just didn’t work out. Also, if you’re annoyed by noise easily, good luck in an apartment. If you get neighbors above you, it really sounds like they practice bowling ever night in their living room. Here’s a video that gives you a good idea of what to look out for noise wise: Upstairs Neighbors
No matter where you decide to live, just know that you’re starting an amazing journey and you’re going to enjoy where you are regardless. For some of you this space may be only used to change and sleep. For others, this might be their safe haven when they miss their other home. Whether you’re in a house or apartment, add your own touch on it and make it feel like your new home away from home.