(Closed) Renting five hours away…'settling' to save…

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2685 posts
Sugar bee

Congrats on the new job!  It sounds like you and your husband are undergoing some major career changes, and in this situation it may be best to do an easy and cheap solution.  And like you said, you can use the opportunity to save for a down payment once you are more settled and familiar with your area.

Post # 4
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Congrats on getting the job! I would probably snatch up your coworker’s apartment. It will be hard to find something 100% perfect. You just have to decide on your main priorities. Is the kitchen one of them? 

Post # 5
7195 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I personally would do the cheap easy solution. Fiance and I went to a different city for a few days to apartment hunt. Luckily we were there on weekdays as well because no one was open on the weekends. Also, there was only one apartment that had a definite opening in the next month. it might not even be worth it for you to go for both of those reasons. We ended up settling for a year (almost done) which sucked but wasn’t absolutely terrible. 

ETA: we are moving into our “ideal” apartment in a month. However, we spent a lot of time searching and also spent a few months on the waiting list.

Post # 6
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Congrats on the new job! I live on the 3rd floor of my building and I must admit that it isn’t the greatest. Having to carry all my groceries, laundry, shopping up flights of stairs is really not fun and actually quite tiring. But, if you and Darling Husband like it that is all that matters. Best of luck to you!

Post # 7
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@FrenchNewlyWed:  I would settle for it at first since you are in a timecrunch and when the lease is up look for something better.

Post # 8
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m with your dad and I’d spend a weekend looking, even if nothing more than to confirm its a good deal.  I flew to Boston and looked at 25 places in one weekend once.  A year in a place you’re not happy is too long.


Post # 9
8464 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@FrenchNewlyWed:  I’d probably take the cheap apt, but see if there is anyway you can do a shorter lease (6 mo or month to month) since you’re just renting.  When it comes time to buy your own place, definitely don’t ‘settle.’

Post # 10
924 posts
Busy bee

I would looka at some places just to make sure. a 4th floor walk up is a pain in the ass, but not the end of the world. you do get used to it. I was in a 4th floor walk up in NYC with a baby and sometimes it was a pain, but let me tell you my butt looked awesome from all those stairs!

Post # 13
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@FrenchNewlyWed:  I used to live in a 3rd floor walkup, and it’s incredible how fast you get used to the trip up and down the stairs.  Grocery shopping was never fun, but it sounds like a good idea for you to start with 🙂

Post # 15
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I mean, almost all of us “work until 6pm Friday and then do it again on Monday”. I’d make a weekend out of apartment hunting, and keep the friends’ apartment on the back burner as a possibility. I think where you live is too big a deal to be lazy about it.

Post # 16
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We sort of settled for the apartment we have now, mainly because apartment huntin in Boston was exhausting and we didn’t want to go another day! Our place is small, but is standard for a Boston apartment. And we’ve learned to like it. I think even if you feel like you’re settling now, you’ll start to like things about it in the future. And you don’t have to live there forever!

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