Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
The boy and I looked at two apartments today. We want to buy but we’re not QUITE there yet, so we’re going to find a new place for a year or two.
Anyway, out of the two apartments, I preferred one and the boy preferred another one. Without telling you who preferred which, I’ll tell you the pros and cons of both and then you tell me which one you’d pick. I’ll tell you who preferred what in the later comments.
Apartment #1: 2 bedrooms
- It’s actually an entire townhouse
- There is a front yard and a backyard for our dog, our grill, and our outdoor furniture
- There is a giant basement with a ton of storage
- The kitchen, while not eat-in, has ample counter space, and there’s a large dining room
- Only $50 a month more than we’re paying now.
- Washer and dryer
- New hardwood floors on first floor
- Free parking (hard to come by in the city)
- The appliances are in working condition but very old
- Carpets upstairs are old and dingy
- Bathroom is very small
- Generally, the house is fairly old
- No dishwasher
- The neighborhood is fine but not amazing. Safe, though.
Apartment #2: 2 bedrooms plus bonus room
- Everything is brand new and in perfect condition – it’s all pristine
- Has a dishwasher and washer/dryer
- On a beautiful block in a great neighborhood
- Has a giant bonus room/loft
- Much closer to the boy’s office
- Costs $300 more a month than what we’re paying now
- No outdoor spaces for our dog, grill, or outdoor furniture
- Not the entire house – just the top 2 floors. Someone lives below the apartment
- It’s weirdly shaped and we’d have to buy a lot of new furniture if we moved there, including a new mattress and box spring, and a new sofa
- Not much storage space
So? Which would you pick?
Post # 3
I’d pick option 1. Sounds like outdoor space is a must for you guys, and for $300 more a month, you could get some amazing area rugs to cover the dingy carpet. I’d choose functionality and price over new appliances.
Post # 4
Opps, I meant $300 less a month. You could use the savings to spruce up the place. And to save for your down payment! If it’s just for a year or two, i’d go with the cheaper place.
Post # 5
I would go with #1. Outdoor space is really important, especially if you have a dog. It does suck that the appliances aren’t up to snuff, but with a wedding coming up, keeping the rent low and having free parking will really help you save a bit more too. So that would be my choice.
Or you could keep looking. If you don’t both love it, then there’s no need to settle just yet. Good luck!
Post # 6
Apt #1 has me sold on three very important things. #1. price #2. a yard for the dogs #3. FREE PARKING!!!
I live in Chicago and when I was renting parking (especially free) is a huge deal…….Not to mention a dog friendly yard. Sounds like city living nirvana!!!!
I agree with the other bees. Throw down some rugs to cover the carpet. Save money for a down payment on a home. You can also purchase a portable dishwasher from Sears or Home Depot which is what we did in our transitional apartment.
Post # 7
Number 1, definitely. It’s a lower price for much more. Basic home improvements aren’t hard or expensive. As long as the major things are in working order (water heater, plumbing, roof that doesn’t leak, etc.), a little bit of outdatedness would be fine.
Post # 8
I voted for #1. If you’re trying to save for a down payment, $300 a month will help. Plus free parking and a yard! Some nice rugs and creative decorating will be enough. It’s only 1 or 2 years, and I think it’s better to save the money.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
THANK YOU!! I definitely prefer #1 and the boy prefers #2.
Admittedly, #2 was a gorgeous place. I just don’t think it’s right for us.
Post # 10
I voted for 1 also! I think the outdoor space and parking are worth it for sure. You can handle not so wonderful appliances and carpets for a year!
Post # 11
#1 – because if it were us, we wouldn’t be able to afford all the new furniture + the added rent expense. Even if you can, that’s an easy place to save and invest toward the future!
The yard was the second selling factor for me, especially since you have a dog and already own outdoor furniture.
And I like the above suggestion of buying rugs. 🙂
Post # 12
Option 1 – you save more money and there are more pros. I love how it’s an entire townhouse, no downstairs neighbor, and you have both a front and backyard! You’ll get the full experience of having your own place. You’ll also save on new furniture since everything fits!
New appliances are overrated since you plan to move in a few years anyway.
Post # 13
Definitely #1, and mostly because I think it’s important to have space for your dog!!! 🙂
Post # 14
I’d pick one. Since you’re planning on buying soon, you probably don’t want to buy a bunch of new furniture until that time. Dingy carpets suck, but that extra space and backyard will probably make up for it, plus it’ll save money and FREE PARKING IN THE CITY? Unheard of!
Post # 15
Also, it’s worth asking the landlords to replace the carpets—doubt they’d go for the appliances too, but I’ve had landlords replace carpet no problem, and even had one who was willing to put in hardwood floors if we signed for a year (and these were all in reasonably competitive rental markets). The worst they can say is no. 🙂
Post # 16
Definetly the first one. Based on the price and yard it sounds like that makes the most sense. Especially if you are planning to buy a house in the near future, you’ll need all the extra money you can get.
As I am learning now, even when you think you have enough money for a house, it’s never enough!!