My husband and I moved into our one bedroom townhouse almost 2 years ago. When we were planning on moving into this complex we were hoping that we would be moving somewhere that we would be staying long-term. We originally were trying to get into a one bedroom apartment, but after being promised 3 different apartments and having them all fall through we ended up in this townhouse at a discounted price. Which was great at first, but has been getting more and more expensive since then. And the rent still isn’t at market rent.
Plus, while living here the last couple of years we’ve spent way more on our heating and cooling costs than we should be because this townhouse is about as energy-efficient as a cardboard box. We have to have to start running our air conditioner much earlier in the year than other people because if it’s sunny out our townhouse heats up like an oven. Then during the actual summer our air conditioner is pretty much constantly running and it still gets up into the high 80’s in our townhouse. And we have to run our air conditioner later in the year as well due to the same issue that has us running it earlier in the year. So we get billed between $150-$200 on our electric bill during the summer and don’t even have a cool townhouse to show for it. We’ve had our air conditioner looked at a few times, and it has gotten a bit better than it was when we very first started using it, but it’s still not effective. And I know that it’s not just my townhouse either because I overheard someone complaining about exactly what we deal with while I was at the office once.
And then during the winter we have to have our thermostat set as low as we can without risking frozen pipes to be able to afford our natural gas bill. Which means that it’s constantly freezing in our townhouse, and we’re still getting high natural gas bills.
There are so many other things that we would like to be spending our money on than utility bills that don’t even give us a comfortable living space. So after only 2 years of living here we are now having to move again.
Which means that we now need to decide which complex we would rather live in from our fairly short list of options. We need a place that accepts pets because of my cat, so that takes a bunch of options off the table. We also need someplace that is within walking distance of my husband’s job, a grocery store and public transportation options since we do not own a car. Which also narrows the field quite a bit. Luckily, there are a few options that we like among the complexes that are left available to us.
These are broken down into 2 groups, the ones that are right next to my husband’s job and the ones that would mean at least an hour walk one way for him to get to work. While there is one option that we really like in the “hour walk” category, right now we’re focusing on the ones that are much closer to his job. There is a one bedroom apartment in a complex that is literally right across the street from his work, and a two bedroom one and half bathroom apartment in a complex just a little bit down the road. And they both would cost about the same.
The one bedroom is somewhere that we have been talking about moving to for years, it’s a newer complex with lots of nice amenities. We like the floor plan, but it is smaller and doesn’t have a storage closet on the balcony so we are worried about it feeling cramped. We do not like the apartment complex itself for the 2 bedroom one and a half bath apartment, but we do really like the floor plan of the apartment itself. It has a lot of closets, a huge laundry room, a good size kitchen, and a “Jack and Jill” style bathroom. (There is a sink in the master bedroom, then a room with just a toilet, then through another door is a room with just a tub/shower combination and then through one more door is a room with a sink and a toilet that has a door that opens up to the hallway.) It is in an older apartment complex though, so the apartment feels more dated. There is also no patio or balcony with this apartment, which made it somewhere that we never really looked closely at before now. So because there is no outside space, the second bedroom will probably become a storage space for things like our bikes.
So we have been trying to decide if we go with the one bedroom apartment that is in the apartment complex that we like and is right across the street from where my husband works, or if we are going to go with the larger apartment in the complex that we do not like. We don’t really need the larger space, it’s just my husband, my cat, and myself, but there is something tempting about that floor plan. And while we don’t need the larger space, we’re afraid that the one bedroom will just be too small.
Right now we are leaning toward the one bedroom across the street from my husband’s work, but that is probably subject to change at any point.
And really, it may not matter which we prefer because we may just have to go with whichever has something available around the time that we are looking to move, which would ideally be in December when our lease is up (but only because that’s when our lease is up because moving in December is highly likely to suck a lot), but could be as soon as next month depending on our options. We should find out beginning of next month exactly what those options are.