My Apartment Search Ended Where It Began

As I previously wrote, this past Saturday, my mom and I went to check out four other apartment complexes to see if they would be a better fit for my husband and I. Specifically, issues related to wanting a washer and dryer located inside my apartment and an apartment that has a better sound proofing system. All of the apartments we looked at were one bedrooms, as having the washer and dryer in the unit, makes the price hike up pretty significantly. So a one bedroom is downsizing from the two bedroom, hardwood floor, apartment we currently live in, with the washer and dryer located in the basement. All the apartments I found were online based on a specific search within our price range. I scheduled for us to see four complexes and we rated three other apartments, online, that didn’t have any for us to look at this Saturday. I created a paper with a score sheet for us to each rate, so that we could provide each other with appropriate feedback.

The first apartment was not a good contender. First off, it was pretty dark because it had trees in front of the only windows in the unit and when you stood at your front door, to the right was the window to your bedroom. As a person who is very safety conscious, that was not going to work for me. The bathtub was somewhat dirty, it had a yellowed tint to the plastic covering the tub. We left that location and went to the second apartment. During the down time between each appointment, we drove by the other three we rated online, which were all a “no” when we saw them outside. They did not appear neat and clean and I just didn’t get a good feeling from them. The second apartment was my favorite of the four of the day. We got to ride around in a golf cart, that sounded like it was on it’s last leg, but it got us around the property. We loved the one bedroom unit, but the one they would have available in our time period was a third floor unit. I had lived on a third floor apartment previously, and I vowed I’d never do that again. Plus, avoiding stairs was a main concern, so that wasn’t going to work. There was a two story loft apartment, but it would not be private and it had stairs as well. The apartment was very cute, however, but it would cost us about $100 more a month than we currently pay.

The third apartment was probably the second favorite, however, the only one bedroom unit available, was located sandwiched in by four other units. So I’d only get light from the balcony, which had a very low overhang; I don’t like a dark apartment. My current apartment is more like a condo, it has light on both sides of the apartment, so I get a ton of natural light throughout the day. None of the apartments we looked at, provided windows on both sides of the unit. Most newer apartments don’t, however; my current one is an older fourplex. The last apartment we looked at was awful. The layout wouldn’t work for me and it honestly had the feel and look of a retirement community, plus it was farthest from my target area, and not located close to stores, like I am now. After the end of the search, we decided that we were best suited in my current apartment. Even though I have issues, like the poor sound proofing and having my washer and dryer located in the basement, it has positive aspects, including beautiful hardwood floors and newly renovated as we moved in. So it has the feel that we’re the first ones in this apartment since they updated it before we moved in. Also, we pay less for our two bedroom than we would for any of the one bedrooms that we looked at. Also, the new apartments are now making the tenant pay for water, sewer and trash, which is included where I live. That’s a new thing, because I’ve never had to pay that at any apartment I’ve lived in, in the past.

I do remember the first time I walked into my current apartment. I was in love, I knew it was my home. I love so many things about my apartment and always thought this would be my “forever” home. However, with a couple difficult neighbors and issues with management, I started to feel angry about my situation here. But, I realize that could happen anywhere. When we were leaving the first apartment, a tenant living there asked if I was looking to move there. I told her I was, which she quickly told me I’d be much better off looking elsewhere. She discussed how she’s complained about noise from her upstairs neighbor for the past two years, and they’ve done nothing. Which sounds awfully familiar here. I realize there’s going to be issues, no matter if you live in an apartment or a house. You can’t control the outside environment. But it was also very good for us to see what else was out there so I wouldn’t be wondering if I should move. Therefore, my apartment search made it clear, I’m already home.


My own “Home Hunters” Adventure

In the next week, my mom and I will be going on an adventure. Not quite the fun adventure one would think, but an apartment adventure. My husband is trusting of my decision, so he’s going to stay behind, per his choice. But, my mom and I are going to go search various apartments to see if there is one that might be a better fit for us now. If you’ve read my blog over the past year, you know that I’ve had many issues, namely noise issues with the poor, or zero, sound proofing our current apartment provides. The other issue my current apartment has is that the washer and dryer is in our basement. Although I’m grateful to have my own washer and dryer, I’d much prefer to have one located inside my apartment! Because of my health issues, sometimes it can become an issue bringing clothes up and down the stairs, especially when there’s more than one or two loads. Overall, it would just be a nice convenience to have my washer and dryer inside my apartment and avoid stairs. Also, the basement isn’t a finished basement, so it’s musty and leaks when it rains, so I’m always having to clean my washer and dryer because of the dirty basement. There are some great positives about my current apartment though. I love that we can get Uverse service where we live and I love that the apartment has beautiful hardwood floors; although, I’m not so thrilled my upstairs neighbor also has hardwood floors. Our lease is up in August, so we have some time to figure out what we’re going to do, which is nice that we have time to make an informed decision.

When I say informed, I really mean it. I’m a very organized person and I’ve already made a list of ten apartments that I want my mom and I to check out. My husband and I have decided that we’re ready to downsize for both financial reasons and to help me with having less to keep clean. So, I’ve gone online and researched apartments within my price range and made sure that they have a washer/dryer hookup inside the unit. Like I said, I have ten apartments that we plan to go look at, when my mom comes up to visit on the 24th of this month. I also have a lengthy list of amenities that we will score, 1 through 5, with 1 being very poor and 5 being excellent. Currently, my list includes the following:

Space for a washer/dryer inside the unit

Apartment has adequate sunlight

Apartment is safe and in a safe neighborhood

There is ample parking

Uverse is available

What are the pet fees

Are there move-in specials

Is there adequate bird watching for my kitties (trees/grassy areas outside the windows)

Are there positive/negative online reviews

Is the bathroom in good shape/bathtub appealing to bathe in

Will property provide a letter for my Circuit Breaker (which provides a taxable deduction on my rent)

How is the sound proofing

Is the kitchen updated

Is the apartment close to amenities, like shopping and my doctors


This is the list I have currently, I’d welcome any additions! I’m going to have this all typed out and easy to plug in the numbers. My mom and I will complete our scores separately, as well as score my current apartment, and after we’ve viewed all the apartments, come together to decide which is the best apartment for the money and amenities. I think it will be a fun adventure. My mom and I both enjoy shows like house hunters, so this will be like our own little “home hunters” version.

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!