Post # 1
So my husband and I have been faced with a tricky scenario. I know he has been thinking more and more about this lately while i’ve been kind of avoiding thinking about it at all lol. Seeing as we are getting closer and closer to needing to make a decision I thought i’d come to the hive for some help.
We live in a really nice two bedroom apartment that we moved into about 2 weeks before getting married. We made it a home and felt really comfortable there so when we hit our year anniversary and had to renew the lease the decision to sign another year was pretty simple. About 3 months after our anniversary I found out I was preganant – non issue – we have 2 bedrooms and could make it work.
To make a long story short about a month after finding out I was pregnant we had issues with our upstairs neighbors, repeatedly, and have just become so unhappy in our home. It is no longer as comfortable and enjoyable as it once was and we are ready to bounce. So here is my dilemma – Our lease isn’t up until the very end of January but I’m due January 7th….get where i’m going with this?
We have two choices
1) Stick it out until the end our lease and most likely go month to month which would increase our rent a couple hundred dollars a month until we choose to leave, plus the added stress of finding a house and moving with a newborn.
2) Give our notice in the next couple weeks and pay a months rent which is just over 1 k to break our lease and leave before baby gets here. plus the added costs of moving (security deposit, first months rent, possibly hiring movers…)
I struggle because 1k is a lot of money to just throw away when you have a baby on the way but it’s not the end of the world and I don’t think we would miss the money in the long run…I’m so torn.
so hive – what would you do?
Post # 3
How bad are your upstairs neighbors?
Because I know for me, if it was just general stuff i’d probably stick it out. But if it would affect my baby at some point, (like blaring loud rock/metal music at all hours of the day/night or cigarette smoke coming in through vents or windows,) I would have to say go.
I’d also think about trying to move while you are pregnant. Moving boxes, furniture and painting are difficult when you AREN’T pregnant, so I can only imagine doing those things while you’re a few months along.
Good luck though!
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
When does their lease end? j/k
If you already know you want to move and the only thing holding you back is money, I would say move now. Yes, it’s a lot of money to spend but it’s easier to move while pregnant than right before giving birth and/or with an infant. Plus, the issue with the neighbors may get worse and you probably don’t want to expose your infant to it. You can always budget for baby stuff and honestly babies don’t realize that they don’t have tons of stuff or brand new toys, they just need the two of you to be comfortable and happy.
Post # 5
@littlebluebride: I’ve lived in apartments for years so i’m used to apartment noise – the problem we have run into with the upstairs neighbors is that its rented by a corporation so the tenants are constantly changing. We have had 3 different groups of people living up there throughout the summer some being louder than others. Seeing as they don’t pay to live there they don’t really care about the noise levels – we have complained to property management as well as gone up there ourselves and nothing seems to resolve the issue.
I’m also not one to complain and like to think i’m pretty laid back so it just irritates me more and more when people are just straight up disrespectful of other peoples space – it has just gotten to the point where we are bitter about the whole thing and want out either way.
@beachbride1216: These are my thougths exactly. See I think in my heart I know it would just be easier and make us both happy to just pay the money and be done with it. We plan on moving anyway so it either now or when baby gets here but probably not within the first few months of arrival. This is our first baby so i have no idea what to expect after delivery.
Post # 6
I would probably move early. Could you talk to property management about an arrangement where you leave the lease early with a smaller penalty, considering the numerous complaints you have filed with the upstairs apartment? I think it would be a lot easier to move while pregnant than with a newborn. Plus, if you move soon enough, you could avoid having to move the baby’s stuff– just don’t buy it or have it delivered until after the move. $1000 lost really sucks, but it’s a small amount in a the grand scheme of things, especially if you are really unhappy.