In two days I will be joining my husband in a new city. As I’ve mentioned before we are moving from our hometown in Southeastern Kentucky to Knoxville, Tennessee. In our search for housing we have looked at apartments, single family home and mobile homes. We have lived in a single family home our whole marriage. But with this move we have been leaning more towards apartment living versus a single family home. And even though buying a house is what we would really like to do we want to make sure we are more familiar with the area and know exactly where we want to live and raise a family.
Even though we are moving in two days we haven’t found permanent housing. My husband has been living in temporary housing since he started his new job a few weeks ago and I will be joining him there until we can find a more permanent home. It will be easier to find housing if I am there in the same city and not in another state!
We are not totally ruling out a single family home but there are benefits to apartment living, especially in a larger city. Where we currently live, we have been responsible for the mowing, landscaping and upkeep of the home and let me tell you there is a lot of upkeep! Lots of landscaping to take care of. With both of us working odd schedules it has been difficult to keep things caught up. Not having the responsibility of mowing is one of the things my husband was excited about when we discussed living in an apartment.
There are other benefits to apartment living. If you are trying to decide between living in an apartment or a single family home take a look at this list.
Ten Benefits of Apartment Living
1. Amenities-Many of the apartment complexes have amenities such as swimming pools (even indoor pools at some places), tennis courts, fitness rooms, even car washes, and pet sitting services.
2. Short Term Option-If you are looking for a place to live for a short term, an apartment is usually more flexible with lease options than a single family home. Most of the houses I have looked at require at least a twelve month lease while many apartments allow options such as 3, 6, 9, and 12 month leases.
3. You are not responsible for repairs. I have seen often, (as is the case with our current landlord) if you live in a single family home the landlord will often expect you to be responsible for minor repairs. We have had to replace parts on all 3 toilets in our house as well as other minor details. If you live in an apartment complex they will usually take care of those repairs for you.
4. Professional Management–Apartment complexes are often owned and managed by property management companies. You will usually receive better service than with an individual landlord. As is with our current situation, our landlord has often used the excuse “I can’t afford to fix that” when we contacted her concerning things that needed to be fixed at our house. **Had I known then what I know now about tenant/landlord laws in the state of Kentucky I would have handled the situation differently.** When renting from a professional company you often have access to 24 hour maintenance should a need arise.
5. Not much storage–Now you may be thinking, why would that be a benefit. As I’ve been working to pack up my house I keep thinking “How did I accumulate so much stuff?” If you live in a location where there is lack of storage you will be more conscientious concerning the acquisition of new items. When you start to purchase a new item, visually consider where you will store that item in your home.
6. Advantage of others heating & cooling.–When living in an apartment you share at least one common wall with another unit. When your neighbors heat or cool their home this helps to keep your home warm or cool without as much expense on your part. This means lower utility bills!
7. Socialization–Apartments often have social events scheduled for their residents. Picnics, volleyball tournaments, pool parties, cookouts, potlucks, etc. This allows you to get involved and meet your neighbors and they are usually free. I have lived in the same house for 3 years and it was only last week that my next door neighbor spoke to me for the first time. Had we been in an apartment where we were able to interact and get to know each other maybe we could have talked to each other sooner.
8. Easier to clean.–Let’s face it if you live in a smaller space you have less to clean. Less time spent cleaning means more time to enjoy the amenities like that swimming pool!
9. Utilities Included–Some apartments include some or even all of the utilities in the cost of the rent. Currently we have separate bills for electric, water, garbage, sewer, trash, cable, and internet. I have found many apartments that include water, sewer, and trash collection and some even include high speed internet and basic cable as well!
10. Increased security–Many apartment complexes I have seen offer onsite security officers that patrol the grounds. You also find many that are gated communities or that offer security systems in their buildings. To rent a single family home within a gated community, with onsite security and a security system in the house you would spend a lot of money!
I know apartment living is not always sunshine and roses! I have lived in apartments before and could tell you some stories…like the lady that lived upstairs who always did her laundry at 3AM and who must have had a rocking chair right above my bed because the floor went squeak, squeak, squeak all night long! But depending on your situation apartment living might be the ideal choice for you and your family.