(Closed) you should all bee very proud of me!

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Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

my FI and i have been living in our apartment for about 4 months… but I have been a renter since i started university… i would suggest asking if they’ve had any pest problems (mice, bugs, etc.), you should be able to tell if they’re being honest. also, if all the bills are included, make sure it says that somewhere in your rental agreement! oh, and check if they give it a good cleaning in between tenants! they should!

good luck and congrats on the move 🙂

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Good for you! You’ll love the sense of independence you and your FI will gain from this. You’ll see a big, wonderful change in your relationship as you step away from your parents. It’s a big step in marking your independence. Make sure you grow, too! Sometimes it’s hard when you live with someone else to maintain your independence and selfishness. I catch myself doing that, too, and go “wait a minute…what do *I* want to do?”

Make sure you guys are safe! $400 is reasonable from back where I’m from (the boondockies of the MO-AK line) so just make sure you don’t accidentally end up in a ghetto or where drugs or meth labs are present. That’s happened to me before. Oops! Check for mold and also see if you get to regulate your own utilities (ie you can set your own levels or do they set them for you? etc)

Just make sure you do a good scope out. Call the police and ask if that’s a safe neighborhood.

I can’t imagine it was *that* hard to talk him into it Wink

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

A few tricks from living in NYC for four years…

When you’re looking at an apartment, go into the kitchen (and bathroom) turn the lights off and walk away.  Then a couple minutes later, come in and turn the lights back on quickly.  If they have cockroaches, they’ll start scurrying to hide from the light and you’ll be able to see them.

Look at the bottom of the cabinets, dishwasher, etc.  If there’s any tape or if anything’s blocked over in any way, they might have had a mouse problem.

Measure everything!  You will think something will fit by just looking at it (i.e. a bed), and once you get there with all of your stuff, you’ll find out it doesn’t.

Once you find a place you like, come back and check out the neighborhood at night.  A lot of neighborhoods are polar opposites between day and night, and you want to feel safe. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

YAY! I am so happy and proud of you!

I think is a great first step for you guys Smile

When I rented things that were must-haves were in-suite laundry, all-inclusive utilities (which sounds like you found some with that), control over your own heating/AC, and I always preferred to be on the top floor!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m jealous of your rent!

One thing I found (and still find at times) REALLY hard is that your neighbors can be VERY loud at all hours and unless you’ve got a good landlord you just have to put up with it. So definitely consider what type of building you are moving into! I lived in a building that had lots of old people in it and it was heaven. Then I moved  into an apartment occupied predominantly by students and young families = really loud. I am young and can handle it most times, but I start to get cranky after midnight when music is blaring and people are yelling.

If you can’t find in unit laundry definitely be scoping out where the nearest place is. Where I live its almost impossible to find places with laundry in the unit, but if they have something for all renters or if there is a laundromat close by, thats good.

I also agree with posts about trying to get the top floor unit.

 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am proud of you! Way to go – you’ll love the independence!

Check into utilities – what you will pay and how much it usually costs. As someone else said, nearby laundry service is also key. Also think about how close/far you’ll be from work and other places you go often. Good luck with neighbors! I’ve lived next to old people who turned the heat up waaaaaay too high, a crazy man who stole my blanket out of the washer and a bunch of girls who threw parties every other day. But, honestly, I still prefer any of those situations to living with family! (no offense, family, I love you; we just can’t live together)

Happy apartment hunting!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I wish I were going to pay $400/Mo. We pay $590 for a 1 bedroom with no dishwasher.

You’ll love being independent with your FI. It will definitly help you feel things out before you get married. I know if I had waited until after the wedding to live together I would have gone crazy!

Congrats!!!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I’m also blown away by that rent!  I wish apartments existed in Seattle for under $800.

My biggest advice is make sure that you like the neighborhood.  Go there at night, turn off your car, and sit there.  Are you comfortable?  My real estate agent suggested this, and it’s helped us rule out home we thought we might like, but turns out the neighborhoods were sketchy.

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