(Closed) Renting apartment vs. renting house?

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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futurebrideesq:  Well the HUGE benefit is no shared walls. I think the only thing that I can remember that you need to be “mindful” of is that there is no one on site anymore. But that was never a big deal to me. It was great to have a house, too, because we had dogs and this way we had a fenced in yard we could put them in.

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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futurebrideesq:  depending on where you live you’ll likely be responsible for your own snow shoveling/plowing in a single family home where an apartment building needs to do that for you. 

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I have rented both apartments and houses. I have also owned a house, as has my husband.

My preference at this point in my life (even over owning) is renting a house. We really lucked out and have a great house and have been there three years now, and are currently in another long term lease (3 more years). In the future we would consider buying it if they wanted to sell. We have more space, a nice yard and garage, no shared walls. We are responsible for lawn care (except if it involves like pruning trees, etc), snow shoveling, and so on but we don’t mind this at all and my husband in particular loves having a yard to work and entertain in. Well worth it. I guess some things to be aware of is more things can go “wrong” that you will have to deal with (even if that is just letting landlord know right away). In an apartment if the furnace goes, generally the on site management or another tenant will let them know. In a house, you need to be the one. We have a great landlord who is very responsive, but not all of them are. 

Of course, it can generally can be more expensive to rent a house, and of course utilities are going to be higher on a stand-alone house and are often not included in the rent (whereas sometimes in my experience they are included in rental price of apartments). If you live somewhere where you have full blown seasons, your bills can REALLY vary through the year!

Also, when we travel, we have to make sure to notify our landlord and make sure there is someone checking on the house regularly (i.e. in case the water heater blows, to make it look lived in) as it is a bit more obvious if no one is home than in an apartment building. This works for us as we need a pet sitter anyway, but just something to keep in mind.

 

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futurebrideesq:  I’d probably ask whomever you are renting from. The only house I rented was really through a leasing company. A man owned it, but he hired this company to take care of stuff so there was still someone to call for emergencies. Though the owner did give me his number in case there was ever a crazy emergency, which there never was.

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futurebrideesq:  I believe it varies by state, but in most situations you have to give them a reasonable opportunity to fix a problem and if they don’t respond inform them that you plan to do the work yourself and withhold rent. If you get to the point where that’s happening definitely get everything in writing (email) as you go along. Or if it’s an out of state individual ask them upfront if they would prefer you handle things first and then send them the bill. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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futurebrideesq:  Just ask the landlord what they prefer. Ours respond quickly, but we are also able to just contact someone in an emergency if they are away and then they pay the bill. 

As for what to do if that happens in your case, you need to look at the landlord/tenant laws in your jurisdiction and see if you are entitled to withhold rent. Since you are soon writing the bar exam, I figure you can figure this part out 😉

Good luck on the bar exam, btw!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’ve only ever rented a house but we looooooove it. We live on farmland and our neighbors are literally cows. It’s quiet and peaceful and feels like “ours” as opposed to renting in an apartment complex. We have our own driveway, yard, and privacy. Obviously if we owned the house we’d do more to it as far as renovations and such but otherwise it feels like our own space.

We are responsiible for lawn maintenance, snow removal, etc but DH is in landscape/construction and plows in the winter so this isn’t an issue for us. As far as things breaking or going wrong, I’m fortunate enough to have a husband and family who are very handy. My dad and Father-In-Law fixed an electrical issue we had, my BILs installed a new washer/dryer for us (including rewiring the laundry room to accomodate), and DH and Father-In-Law fixed our burner when our heat went out a few weeks ago. If we didn’t have such capable family members, we’d probably have issues. We rent from the state’s conservation foundation so we don’t have a ‘typical’ landlord so he isn’t as responsive. We’ve tried getting an answer from him about a new stove for over 2 months now… So there are definite drawbacks but personally, I know my husband and I are not the type to live in an apartment complex.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

A couple things to watch out for/be sure to ask the landlord with a house:
– Who is responsible for landscaping/lawn cutting/snow shoveling? If you are responsible, do you have to provide your own tools (lawnmower, etc)
– Keep in mind that utilities are a lot higher in a house, so just budget for that. You will also probably have bills that used to be included in your rent, such as a garbage & recycling bill.

I personally prefer apartment living – love not having to do all that extra work and the added sense of security. Shared walls have never bothered me.

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