Life: On apartment living…

For the past few days I’ve been pondering if I should write this post but since this is a new month I’ve decided why not.  Let me start off by saying I like where we live but I have never really loved it.  We moved into our apartment about 3 and a half years ago.  At that time we decided on this place because it made the most sense for us.  The apartment itself is on the first floor of a nine unit complex, the rent is reasonable for Southern California, and the location is fairly nice.  I spent half of my childhood living an in apartment and the other half in a house.  Can you guess which one I prefer?  That’s right there is nothing like living in a house and having more space.  We don’t have any intentions of purchasing our own house anytime soon since I haven’t found a full time job yet but maybe in the future.  However, we have decided that we need more space and we are were looking for a two bedroom unit.  We need an extra bedroom because the hubby is telecommuting more often and he needs an office.  (Sh! Don’t tell him I need a need a craft room too and it will be used as that when he’s at work.) We are also looking for a place closer to his job because being stuck in traffic isn’t very fun.  (Double yeah for me since the closer we’re to his job the closer I’ll be to my family.)

Fast forward a couple of months since I actually began writing this post right before we moved out.  We have been living in our new apartment for about a month in a half and I’m loving every minute of it.  I miss our old city but I’m really excited about discovering new places.  The things I won’t miss about our old place are living next to an alley, having someone living above us, street sweeping tickets ( I was lucky enough to get one a couple of days before we moved out),  and above all NO more circling around trying to find a parking space.  What I will miss in our old neighborhood are our nightly jogs to the beach, living close to cute shops, and knowing all 9 tents in our building.  The things I love about our new place are all the space we have,  we’re on the top floor, all the amenities, parking, and that I’m closer to my family.

One thing we considered before moving was the price tag that came along with it.  We hired mover which we had never done before but was seriously the BEST decision we’ve made. I loved that in one swoop all our belongings went from one place to another, we didn’t have have to bother our family and friends to help us out and we didn’t have to lug everything up to the second floor ourselves. Overall we’re paying more for our current apartment but the benefits far outweigh the cost.  It’s all about the value for the money folks.  When we were looking for a new place we saw about 15 different units and neighborhoods before we actually decided on where we are living at now.  We never thought we would ever live in a complex that has so many apartments but as of right now we love it.  We never thought we wanted to live somewhere where we had to sign a year lease but right not we love that we are locked in on one single price. If you’re looking for a new place keep your options open and you’ll eventually find something you love.

Apartment living right now is pretty good and if it continues to be this good I won’t mind staying here for a while.  In the mean time if we ever decide to purchase a house I’ll share my thought with you on that subject.

Quick tips for looking for a new apartment:

  1. Make a list of things you’re are looking for in order of importance to you
  2. Keep in mind that rental prices are high right now and tend to go up higher during the summer
  3. Be flexible
  4. Don’t be blinded by the complex itself take time to look around the neighborhood you’ll be living in
  5. Google the complexes you are considering but take the information with a grain of salt
  6. Be openminded 
  7. Don’t rush unless you have a deadline to move out
  8. Think about things you’re willing to give up (For example, we gave up the beach in return for a gym in our complex.)
  9. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  10. Try to visit the complex more than once and at different times 
  11. Live within your means. If you fall in love with a place please make sure you can afford it. 
  12. Keep in mind that moving is extremely expensive and stressful
  13. Be patient with yourself 
  14. Make sure you moving for the right reasons
  15. Please keep in mind no place is going to be perfect but make sure it feels like home
  16. Make sure you read the lease you are signing
  17. Make sure you’re credit score is up to date and everything on it is correct
  18. Don’t let them give you the hard sale meaning that its there job to get a place rented out and they will do anything to get that done. They will call you several times but don’t feel pressured to take a place unless it feels like home to you.
  19. Take a camera and a notebook with you.  Trust me you’ll forget the details after seeing several apartments.  
  20. Above all have fun looking for a new place.  

Quick tips for moving:

  1. Hire movers. Time is money.  We used Yelp to find ours but you should as your friends if they have hired some.
  2. Be organized and pack early.
  3. Label, label, and keep labeling. This will help you out so much when you’re surrounded by boxes and don’t have an idea where to begin unpacking.
  4. When you’re getting ready to pack have 3 different piles.  One for donations, one to toss and the last one to pack.  This is the time to purge things you don’t want to take with you.
  5. Have fun looking and be excited about your upcoming adventure
Good luck if you’re currently moving in or out!
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One thought on “Life: On apartment living…

  1. I love love love apartments. My entire life I have said that I never want to own property.. maybe its my fear of ever getting too comfortable. However, apartment hunting is a pain in the ass… something better always seems to come along just as you are signing a lease.

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