Post # 1
I’m looking for some input for mine, my husband’s and our future baby’s (due 8/26/17!) living situation for the next year.
We currently live in a 1 bedroom apartment in a great neighborhood that is very nice, remodeled, has off-street parking and laundry in the apartment. Nice building with young professionals. Cons about this apartment are that it’s on the first floor, kind of small (650 sq ft), gets pretty cold in the winter, doesn’t have the best natural light for my liking, and the upstairs neighbors can be loud. Our lease is up 5/31/17. I don’t think this specific apartment There are no 2 beds available in our current building but there’s a larger 1 bed available now on the top floor with a slight increase in rent (def can afford it). We wouldn’t have to put down a new deposit and moving up 3 floors with an elevator would be relatively easy.
We have been searching and searching for a 2+ bedroom rental house (not in a building) in the same neighborhood that’s remodeled, has offstreet parking and private laundry that’s in our price range and we have had no luck whatsoever. And it’s causing me to have anxiety, some periods of very low moods (I have a history of depression) and just general worry. Thanks pregnancy hormones!
We wanted to rent for another few years as we save to buy a house but want to be in a nice, comfy rental during that time, so I’m not really willing to compromise on amenities or location (5 min commute for both of us!) at this point.
A close relative who passed away almost 2 years ago left me a decent amount of money that I just found out about last week. Now we are thinking it’s more feasible to possibly rent for only one more year and then buy because we will have a decent down payment and will be able to pay down some debt in time to apply for the mortgage. That makes me want to not use a huge chunk of money toward moving even more since buying is in the nearer future.
I’m leaning towards moving into the larger 1 bed in our current building since it’s the cheapest/easiest moving option and the building has everything we already want. Is that silly to take the time and effort to move from a 1 bed to another 1 bed? Should we keep searching for a rental house for more space? Husband is a litte apprehensive about staying in the building because there are no other babies or children residing there and he said it feels “wrong” but he also hasn’t found another viable option 🙄 What do you ladies think? Sorry for the long post!
Post # 2
Given your circumstances I would maybe stay where you’re at for the next year and then buy a house. You’ll be able to save the most and use the money you’re getting towards the down payment. It doesn’t seem like there would be much of a difference going to another apt. in the same buidling, besides dealing with the hassle of going up and down three floors all the time with a small baby and all the baby gear. The upstairs neighbors would bother me and same with the size of the apt., but it may still be worth it for a short time.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
I would stay put for the next year. Regarding your husband’s concern in the last paragraph, I guarantee you that nobody will know or care if you have a child, especially a teeny baby that won’t be running around or anything like that!
Post # 4
I would stay where you are and plan to buy in a year. Newborn babies don’t take up that much space. I would also ask your apartment leasing office to let you know if any two bedrooms open up. Good luck!
Post # 5
The only major issue I see here is that the apartment gets very cold in the winter. That may not be the best for the little one, and if you moved upstairs heat rises. So, it will probably be warmer up there in the winter (but possibly in the summer as well). As long as the elevators work most of the time, I think you should move upstairs. You will feel like you have a bit of the change you are looking for, there is only a slight increase in rent, and there will be more space for the little one. There is no point in moving to another complex when you will probably buy in a year or so. I hope you have someone helping you move because it may not be comfortable for you to move in May (unless you can move upstairs right now). Good luck!
Post # 6
Thanks Bees. I’m leaning towards convincing my husband to move to the larger 1 bed. I think it would be more comfortable/quieter/warmer for everyone. I don’t see us staying in our current place, there are too many things I’m not happy with. I appreciate everyone’s advice!
Post # 7
Initially I was “hell yes move to the top floor”, until I read you plan to leave the building entirely in 1 year. I’d stay put. We had the option to move next door into a renovated house (exactly like ours, but not a dump) for only $200/month, then found out it did not have a dishwasher. We decided that moving 10 feet away for 1 year was not worth it, since the place wasn’t perfect.