(Closed) Bad Day for Apartment Hunting

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Dear god, I know how you feel.  You’re not alone in apartment-hunting frustration.  We’re still waiting to hear back from the professor who offered her house to us for $600/month, but it seems like SO MUCH work (4 bedrooms, dog, fish, massive lawn with lots of trees and gardens…) and we’re getting timid about it, so we’ve started contacting apartments and everything is just..not going right.  Aside from taking waaaaay too much time out of what is already the busiest part of the semester.

 

Good luck!  I’m sure that in a city as big as Chicago you will find SOMETHING…even if it’s not ideal.  Are you only looking at one neighborhood?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

apartment hunting is the worst. I can totally relate from past experiences.

Best of luck!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

We’re apartment hunting right now. We think we found a place via craigslist but are waiting to see if the application is approved. Its the same “oh this would be the perfect location and a great place” thing. We will be sacrificing cheaper rent to live closer to work though (Westwood in LA). 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Apartment hunting definitely sucks. My FH and I just found our first place (renting together) for next September and it isn’t our favorite, but the two places we liked the most had absolutely HORRENDOUS customer service. Both places neglected to answer the phone or retun my calls requesting an appointment to view the place. I left 3 voicemails for the one, then had to contact the manager, who contacted the sales rep to tell her to return my calls, who STILL wouldn’t retun my voicemail. I spoke to the manage once more to let him know that he should consider hiring someone with better customer service skills, because I can’t imagine how many people they’ve lost because of her. His response? “That’s funny because she usually rents the most apartments”. WTF? She must be his daughter, wife, or mistress. Oh well, it’s his bottomline not mine.

One piece of advice: do not solely base your decisions on online reviews. Think about it… who loves where they are living SOOOO much that they want to go online, create an account, and rave about it? That amount of effort is usually only worth it to people who feel like they have something to prove. I’m not saying the reviews aren’t honest, just that they are going to be awfully skewed in the negative direction.

I signed my current lease 3 years ago before reading reviews. After reading them, I was horrified. Luckily the experience has not been a reflection of that. Yeah, landlords suck and most will try to nickle and dime you (esp in a college town), and are slow to fix things, but I’ve heard those same complaints from just about every renter no matter where they’re from. Just make sure you visit a place first before making a decision based on reviews.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Definitely, I caught drift of that same attitude, and in this economy I just don’t buy it. Unfortunately, we are somewhat limited because we have 3 cats, and in our area it is extremely rare for an apartment not to have a 1 or 2 pet restriction, or a declaw restriction fo cats. So our situation gave us a little less leeway.

I agree that the things you mention are alarming… electrical problems? Umm, no thanks! BTW, I wish I was in a city where most things got good reviews!Then again, I do live in Philly which is sometimes known for its, err… less-than-kind persona ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

What other neighborhoods are you looking into? My husband and I live just north of Andersonville, and we have a pretty big apartment at a good price. Also, I feel pretty safe in my neighborhood at night (well, as safe as you can be walking around the city). Best of luck with the search!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Lilyfaith, call Andrea at Apartment People.  It’s on Broadway in Lakeview.  She’s my best friend.   It’s an apartment finding service and they will drive you around and take you to places in the neighborhood of your choice, and it’s free.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

ugh. I know! It was hard to FI and I to just find the one we are in now! We keep finding little things wrong with it, but luckily they can be fixed! Good luck in your next couple of days! I hope you find something!

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