Post # 1
We have rented apartments for the last ~6 years and are interested in renting a house now but I’m so unfamiliar with it that it makes me a little uncomfortable. Do you like renting? Is it crazy expensive? How is your landlord? What are the positives and negatives for renting a house vs an apartment? How do we go about finding a house to rent (zillow or realtor?) Most of the houses I’m finding on zillow are $1300+ and arent nearly as nice as our smaller ($760) apartment and the neighborhoods are kinda “meh.” Is that a sacrifice most home renters make?
AND one of the main reasons I would want to rent would be to have a backyard to garden. Are you allowed to garden in your backyard?
Post # 3
I rent a house and I absolutely love it. It is definitely more expensive in all matters renting a house. ie Utilities, garbage, water, but to me it’s worth it. I love not having a neighbor up or downstairs. We don’t have grass in our backyard so we put in planters. The landlord has never said anything… We didn’t ask. If you’re ever on the fence about something it wouldn’t hurt just to ask your landlord… the worst they can say is no.
Suprisingly, we found our house on rent.com. A lot of those sites are useful. They have a lot of good filters such as price, bdrms, things like that. Plus if you actually end up renting one of their listed properties, they give you a $100 gift card. It takes two months to get, but hey $100 is $100.
Good luck dear!
Post # 4
SO and I are renting a house, but we live in a much cheaper area than what you seem to live in, so I don’t know how much help I will be!
We only lived in an apartment for about 4 months before we got our house, but one thing I do not miss about apartment life is fighting for parking spots close to our apt! We don’t have a driveway where we are at now, but there is tons of parking on the street (it’s not busy – it’s just a little neighborhood) so I always get to park in front of my house!
We pay $525 in rent every month for a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with a big fenced in yard and detached garage. That’s on the lower side of rental prices for homes in my area (central Indiana), but it’s also a pretty small house. The house is nicer than the area (if that makes any sense). It’s not a bad area really… it’s just that a lot of the houses are kinda old and need some TLC.
Our landlady is awesome! She put in all new carpet and linoleum, and replaced all the kitchen appliances for us before we moved in! If anything goes wrong (plumbing, heating, etc) we just give her a call and she is here or has someone here to fix it! She let us bring our dog (a lab) and cat even with all the new flooring. She even comes to us every month to get rent so we don’t even have to leave or mail it to her.. hehe
We haven’t asked her about gardening in particular, but she said we are free to beautify the yard if we want to! She came by over the summer and pulled our weeds and did some landscaping in the front yard. We got really lucky finding such an awesome landlady! SO’s friend is the one that told us about the house, actually. His in-laws live across the street and they are friends with our landlady.. so that’s how we ended up here! I’m not sure how other people go about finding rental homes, though. We drove around a little bit, looked in the paper and just sort of googled “houses for rent in (our area)” before stumbling across this one!
I’ve enjoyed our rental experience. Eventually I’d like to own a home, but I’m still in school and SO only has about 1 year in at his new job so we are going to wait until I am out of school and he feels totally secure before we look into buying!!
I hope you find something that works out for you! Good luck! 🙂
Post # 5
We rent a house in the city and we love it! We own our own house back home that we rent out to a young family and then rent a house here to live in. We pay a lot of rent $2600 per month. But we get 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a good backyard for my dogs to play in. Our street is AMAZING and we love it. Our landlord lets us do whatever we want to the place and if something is broken she gets it fixed ASAP which is great. Much better than living in an apartment 🙂
Post # 6
@sheepandbear: I’ve rented a lot of houses before, but not on my own, I had roommates. Since we rented 3 bedrooms or more (once a 6 bedroom!) I never paid much in rent. Usually like $300 each. So in that case, it was a lot better deal than an apartment!
I think the downside is mainly more rent and possibly not as nice of a place (I found ours to be similar to most apartments as far as quality), but you get a lot of space! I never had any issues with landlords and I liked it better than an apartment because of more space and no upstairs neighbors.
Darling Husband once rented a 3 bedroom house ridiculously cheap ($500 something) but all housing was pretty cheap in this town. So location is also a part of it.
I’ve seen some houses for rent around here that aren’t much more than apartments would run for the same amount of bedrooms.
Post # 7
We’ve only just started renting. We’ve done shared accommodation for the bulk of our relationship, but we’ve been properly renting for nearly a year. We rent a four bedroom house with his brother and a friend of ours. Two bathrooms, double car garage, nice big backyard. I didn’t see the house until we moved in, but I fell in love straight away. We pay a little under $1400 a month. It’s new, but not brand new. Maybe about 10-15 years old?
Our landlords are lovely people. Older people, but still lovely. We had a couple of minor issues and they were around to fix them within a couple of days to fix it themselves. Very friendly! I’d be happy to rent for a few years to come.
Post # 8
We usually rent houses, we like it a lot better than apartments.
There isn’t anyone right next to you so you have that freedom, plus a yard!
You have to pay all the utilites so that can add up quite a bit.
I always garden but usually they want you to do raised beds so you don’t till the yard.
I don’t find landlords any worse than managers, some are awful, some you never hear from.
We usually pay 850.00 to a higher 1125.00 for a 2-3 bedroom with a yard and fireplace.
Post # 9
We rent a duplex in a homeowner neighborhood and we love it. We rent from an awesome elderly couple, it’s way better than something owned by a company and tended to by a property manager. It’s best to rent from an individual owner who takes great care of their own property and is very careful with tenants. Be wary of anyone that tries to get you to sign on the spot or ASAP. Our landlords ran a background check on us and even told us to take our time because they wanted us to feel very comfortable with them and the house before renting. THAT’S the sign of a great landlord!
It’s awesome to rent a house because you have the luxuries of your own space without having to pay for major repairs, homeowner’s insurance, etc. You have a few small expenses for things you DO have to maintain – lawnmower, garden hose, stuff like that – but overall it’s up to the landlords to do any major upkeep.