So the search continues for a new home, in a new city and state, for my husband and I. We have looked at houses and apartments and have been weighing the pros and cons of each. Recently I posted about the Advantages of Apartment Living and it was such a hit I wanted to take a look now at the disadvantages of apartment living.
Lack of Control
Because apartment dwellers do not own their living space, they must follow the rules and guidelines set forth by their landlords. Many apartments have guidelines for everything from animals to paint colors, and even where you park. This is one of the downsides to apartment living.
My husband and I have a new puppy that is part Pit Bull. While he is the sweetest dog ever (sweeter than my Shih Tzu) many apartments will not allow us to live there because Pit Bulls are considered an “aggressive breed” of dog. In our search for a home I have read many ads that landlords have posted advertising their properties and with some of the “rules” that they have listed in the ad, its no wonder they can’t find renters. I read one ad recently that specified that residents were not allowed to have “overnight guests”. Now, if I am paying to live somewhere you are not going to tell me that I can’t have someone spend the night with me. We are moving away from our family and friends and we know that many of them will be coming for visits and will probably spend the night. If we rented from that landlord we would have to tell our family, sorry, you can’t stay here. Um no thanks!
This is one of the biggest things holding me back from choosing to live in an apartment. I have had some wild neighbors in the past and I really don’t want to deal with that again. When living in an apartment you usually have to share at least one wall with a neighbor, and sometimes you even have neighbors upstairs and downstairs. I am a very light sleeper and if I get woke up during the night I usually have a hard time going back to sleep. If I have loud neighbors this could lead to many sleepless nights for me. If you live in an apartment complex with supportive, strong property management loud neighbors may not be an issue. But if you find yourself living in a community where the property managers are off site or hard to reach you may see more of a problem with unruly neighbors.
In my first apartment I had a neighbor that lived on the other side of my bedroom who played video games all night long. This meant many sleepless nights, feeling like I was dodging bullets or high speed car chases from the sounds of his video games. And in the same apartment there was a lady who lived above me who always did her laundry at 3AM. I have found that many people in apartments are not conscientious of how their actions and noise levels may be effecting those around them.
Many apartment complexes have assigned parking but that doesn’t always guarantee that when you come home from the grocery with a car full of groceries that you will be able to park in your designated spot. If you have neighbors that frequently have guests over, or have multiple people living in a unit and not enough parking, you may find that your neighbors are stealing your parking spots.
Unless you can afford to live in an apartment complex with a doorman or security 24/7, then security is something you have to consider. It’s been my experience that the apartments I have lived in usually have “cheap” front doors which can easily be broken into. Another thing I have always looked at when looking at apartments in the past is whether the apartment has an interior or exterior entrance. When I was searching for my first apartment I went to look at one complex where you had to go inside to a hallway and then enter the apartment. I remember telling my parents, who were helping me with my search, that I didn’t feel comfortable there. I remember thinking, what if I come home late and night and someone is hiding out in the hallway. Maybe that doesn’t happen often but it was something that concerned me!
Lack of Outdoor Space
If you are an outdoor lover like we are then you may be looking for an apartment that gives you access to an outdoor space. I love sitting on my porch drinking my coffee and just taking some time to relax. Many of the apartments we have looked at do not have a patio or balcony. For myself, I think I would feel “trapped” if I were living someplace where I didn’t have an outdoor living area.
Is apartment living for you? Maybe, maybe not? It’s important to consider the pros and cons of apartments versus renting a single family home.
Good luck in your home search!