Post # 1
Hey bees, me and FH have been discussing our future living arrangements. We don’t live together and won’t be moving in together until we’re married. Problem is we can’t decide wether we should rent an apartment or rent a house. We live in the suburbs of Dallas and renting a home would run us anywhere from 1,400-1,650 for a 3 bedroom….while a 2 bedroom apartment is basically the same price maybe a little less…but my thing is why pay basically the same price for less space? Advice needed bees! What do you and your Hubby do? Rent a house or apartment??
Post # 2
jazzybee06: We rent a house. No particular reason, we looked at both and just happened to like the house better than any of the apartments.
Post # 4
Basically the same is still not the same. Any amount less you pay in rent, is money in your pocket. Less space equals less space to clean, less space to heat, less space to cool – more money saved in utilities for space you didnt even need. The only reason I may prefer a house is the worry of sharing walls with awful neighbors.
Post # 5
Go for the house! ESPECIALLY if you are not losing any money. I don’t see why one would go with less space if everything else is equal. One thing to consider though is maintenance. With an apartment, the complex takes care of leaky faucets. With a house, you may be responsible for all your maintenance needs. And then there is mowing the lawn. If you are fine with that, go for the house.
Post # 6
Being in Texas, I would say unless it’s a first floor apartment, go for a house. The higher the floor, the more it costs to cool during the summer
Post # 7
A stand alone home requires much more maintenance. The utilities are more, gutters, lawn, general property maintenance is all yours. Not to mention HVAC issues, plumbing problems, and everything else that goes along with the house. My advice is to buy something unless your credit does not allow it. Take that 3% down payment and buy your own home. If that is absolutely out of the question then rent an apartment. It doesnt snow there-so parking outside should not be an issue. Real estate markets still have deals to be had and we’re about to ramp into purchase/mode mode.
Also, do the math. When does your lease expire vs his lease? It may be wise for one of you to move into something you both want before the wedding. Post wedding merges are VERY stressful and there seems to be a mad rush to get everything under one roof. Save yourself the time and trouble and do it all 3-6 months beforehand.
Post # 8
We were in the same boat (but not a similar area) and chose to rent an apartment. Why? Because the apartment rent included more than the house rent. To rent a house here, your rent payment basically gets you they key to the place, but the tenant is responsible for lawn care (buy a lawnmower or hire someone), trash removal, basically everything but major repairs that would be done or arranged for by the landlord. Our apartment rent was the same price but got us trash, water, fitness room, pool (that I don’t have to maintain!), doorman, and 24-hour-or-less maintenance when we call something in. So the bottom line is that sometimes apartment complexes offer more for the money.