I’m Tired of Apartment Living
It seems like just yesterday I was so excited about moving to our new apartment. I remember writing about choosing to pay extra for location and accommodations on Apartment Choice: Do You Pay For Location And Amenities? I, also, remember making a stand on why we weren’t ready for home ownership on My Classmate Just Closed on a House.
Quick recap: One of my school friends closed on a house about a year ago. I remember thinking we couldn’t even afford at home at a point when were barely keeping up with bills because of graduate school. Now things are different. Our financial situation has changed.
But, mostly I have a love hate relationship with our apartment complex. I love being super close to work. It only takes me 4 minutes to get to my office. How awesome is that commute? Very awesome I love having fitness classes at my apartment complex. I literally have to walk downstairs and I’m at my class. I go to bootcamp, pilates, cardio kickboxing, and total burn It’s beyond amazing.
I HATE our neighbors. Never ever choose to NOT live on the top floor. We have always been on a top floor apartment and now that we are on the third it sucks. My neighbor upstairs walks around in heels, works out in the middle of the night, has rowdy dogs, and has a kid on the weekends who jumps up and down things. Actually, from her odd hours and interaction with her, we are convinced she is a stripper. My neighbor next door has a dog that will not stop barking. The dog starts at 6:30 am and never stops. I have returned during lunch and the dog is still barking away. I come home at 5 or 6 pm and the dog is still barking. I want to pull my hair out. We have cockroaches. I don’t where they are coming from. Exterminators have come multiple times, and yet they still appear in the same place: the bathtub. It’s disgusting! We think it’s because our apartment is right next to the garage and the trash chute.
We live in pretty expensive apartments for all these problems to be happening. I am not overpaying for this apartment to be having this type of experience. A home is suppose to be peaceful, a place you enjoy after hours of grueling work. As long as we have the same neighbors, enjoyment will be hard to achieve for me.
– At times, I walk around with headphones on, so I don’t hear the noise. –
I keep logging into my account, crunching numbers, and calculating when we are going to be able to afford our house. Considering our house mortgage + interest + property taxes + insurance will be the same payment as our rent, financially it makes sense.
Originally, our plan was to start looking in August, and hopefully find something by December when our lease ends. Now, I’m trying to figure out how we can get out of our apartment lease earlier without incurring the hefty costs.
Anybody have any experience getting out of a lease early?
Never ever sign an 18 month lease….I should have stuck with a 1 year lease. Crap what the heck was I thinking? Learn from my mistakes! Also, always look at the location of the apartment. The apartment right next to the garage seems awesome because you won’t have to walk very far for your car, but then you always hear cars zooming by. Trash chute close by? Great! Except you will be too close to the trash. Dog friendly community? Awesome, oh wait, every apartment inhabitant has a minimum of one dog. They pee and poo everywhere, and bark at everyone. Remember, I like pets, but there are a lot of people who do not train their dogs.
Now, the negatives make it seem like a terrible place to live. It isn’t. But I have definitely found pet peeves that I will be making sure our house does not have.
So, now we just have to get to our $50,000 savings. Right now, as I write, we have $30,000 in savings. $20,000 more to go. Time is money! Tick Tock Tick Tock.
Anybody else saving up for a down payment? Have you started looking at houses?