Post # 1
SO and I are coming up at the end of our lease on our apartment. We spend $1000/month on a 2 story, 2 bedroom/2bath apartment, in not the nicest area of our state. Our rent is going to go up to $1100/month, but the complex, as far as I know, will still pay water. We have pets, including a dog, and 2 cats.
Friends of the family have a 2 bedroom/1 bath rancher for rent for $1200/month but they won’t pay any of the utilities. It’s right down the road from where we are now, but its a nicer area, and its in a non busy part. It has a non-fenced yard for the puppy and honestly, it would be nice not living over someone… having to worry about parking, having to worry about neighbors… wondering if the cars are going to get broken into… a list of things.
SO’s main concern is the price of utilites, which the house has a wood burning fire place to keep our heating cost down. I think his main concern is if we spend that much and have a house, will we ever save up to buy our own, but he isn’t telling me this. I just feel for a $100 extra a month in rent, the house will be worth it.
Does anyone here rent a house that has been in an apartment? Do you enjoy it better? Is it worth the extra money?
Post # 3
I would love to rent a house instead of an apartment! But in our area (Seattle) we pay about that much for a 650 sq ft 1 bed/1 bath apartment! I have friends that rent a house, and while that’s a slightly different situation (they’re renting while their home is being renovated), they seem happy. Utilities might be more just because you’ll have exposed outter walls instead of sharing with neighbors (which keeps heat/cool in). But they might be less if your new place has better thermostats/heating etc. Usually you can find that out through utlity companies (call or check the website).
Post # 4
We went from an apartment ($1700pm) to a house($1860pm) & love our house so much more. It is more than the apartment but so worth it. We pay the same in bills here as the apartment though. Maybe slightly more for gas. Our apartment was smaller, had no yard, parking or storage. It was closer to town though. I much prefer the space personally
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - Makena Cove
We’ve been in our rental home for just over a year now and we really love it. We pay $1450 plus utilities and have made it work. The advantages of having our own garage, yard, street parking, larger sq footage has been so worth it. We are currently saving for a home so I know it can be done!
Post # 6
@KellyLouise: Ask the landlords for copies of the recent utility bills to see what you can expect to pay.
Also, in some houses youare responsible for mowing and other maintenance you are not responsible for in an apartment that you need to allocate time and possibly money too (IE are they going to provide pruning shears for those pushes? gas for the mower? the mower?)
you may have a wood fireplace, but wood is not free if you are buying it. do you know what a cord of word costs? how to stack it and keep it dry? Cost to clean the flu as necessary. Wood stoves can also make everything smell. Are you ready for that?
So it is possible that you could be paying $200-$300 more a month.
heating and cooling can cost more since you are not sharing a wall/floor with neighbors that act as insulation.
Post # 7
We rent a house and we love it. Now, that we are thinking about buying a house soon I wish we would have rented something a little smaller and cheaper, but I still would have gone with a house. We pay $1100 a month for our 3 bedroom 2 bath house, it’s a little too much room for just the two of us but I really love this house and could never see myself living in an apartment. Both FI and I are night owls, so I like to vacuum at midnight, or play my banjo in the middle of the night. I like that I don’t have to worry about bothering my neighbors.
Post # 8
Lived in an apartmemt, moved to a rental house, back to an apartmemt because our house was in a scary part of.town and a mess we didn’t realize but are going back to a rental house. I hate sharing walls and parking and not having a yard. The utilities weren’t that different. The pluses to a rental house to me far outweigh any cons assuming you don’t get a really awful house like we got suckered into.
Post # 9
@ThreeMeers: Yes, that is a good point. At my rental house we have to pay for an exterminator, I live in Arizona so scorpions and other creepy crawlies are in the area. I also have to pay for yard maintenance. It isn’t too expensive, but certainly something to consider. I will still take these bills over an apartment any day!
Post # 10
@ccantics: My Fi and I are renting a house now for 1100 a month plus utilities, but I wish we were in an apartment. It would be so much more worth it for us to save money and pay 700-800 for an apartment where we live, but no apartment complex will let us rent with a 90 lb rottweiler. I would say check out your budget and see how much it will set you back from buying a house. Our utilities are 60 for water, 135 for cox and entergy varies from 100-200 depending on the season. We also had to spend money on little house things that we assumed our landlord would have taken care of such as a door falling off and our garbage disposal breaking.
Make those things clear with who you are renting from and see what kind of maintance you have to do with the house.
Post # 11
DH and I are renting a townhouse, and we like it a lot better than the condo we were renting before. For just $100 more a month we are getting more square footage, a garage, a backyard and way more peace and quiet. It’s worth it to us. We plan to save up and buy a house in a couple years.
Post # 12
we rent a house (1500) and I love it SO much! I think it is totally worth it. I hate apartments because they are so loud. I live in a college town.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
We rent a town house 3200 feet.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia
We rent our house and we LOVE it. But we do pay significantly more in utilities – especially electric. We think it’s worth it though. We have two dogs, so the yard is amazing for us!
Post # 15
We were renting an itty bitty one bedroom apartment for $550 a month when we first moved in together but a couple months after we got married, the lease was up. We could have rented a 2 bed/2 bath apartment with a private balcony for $725 a month but we found a much bigger rental house with 3 bed/2 bath, a large yard, wood burning fireplace, 2 car garage, and a shed out back for storage(bonus!) for $800 a month so of course we felt like it was worth it to opt for the house. We’ve been in it now since August and couldn’t be happier!! We’re in a rural area and it is SO much more quiet and peaceful. We also just adopted a sweet little dog so we couldn’t be happier. However, we do have to mow our own yard but that’s really not a huge deal. I say go for the house if you can afford the extra+the utilities! It really is worth it.
Post # 16
We rent a house. It is so much better than an apartment because of no shared walls and they accept pets.
You can call the utility companies and get averages for the last year! That is really helpful when looking.