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Pros and cons of apartment life

My hubby and I are thinking of moving into an apartment until we are able to buy our own home. We have a 4 year old a 2 year old and a 1month old. We have found a apartment that we have an apointment to look at he said it was a big 3bedroom total electric and downstairs which is a plus. I just wonder what it wil be like with a big family. It's not forever its just until we can get our situations straight to purchase our first home. Any input would be great thanks

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piorkowski

Asked by piorkowski at 3:33 PM on Jan. 18, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • CONS
    No yard or much room for kids to run around
    Loud neighbors
    Money is going down the drain, renting instead of buying.
    Strick rules, like to laundry or outside activity past 10PM on weekdays and cant do anything until *AM the next day
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 3:35 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • NO not to*
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 3:35 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • apartments aren't bad, just depends on the location really, same goes for home buying. we live in an apartment right now, including husband and i, and our 4 year old, 2 year old, and 1 year old. it's a 3 bedroom, 2 of the kids share, 1 gets her own, plus 2 bathrooms. 1 for us, 1 for them. it has a pool, playground, fitness center, and car care center. it's close to a lot of things in town. we're moving into a house next month, but if we had to be in this apartment longer it wouldn't be a big deal, i don't mind it. sometimes our upstairs neighbors sound like they're stomping on our ceiling, which was annoying at first but now i don't even hear it. the only thing we don't have is our own backyard or garage (which when unloading a ton of groceries, is a big pain in the ass). other than that it's been working for us for the past couple of years.
    tnm786

    Answer by tnm786 at 3:36 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • It depends what apt u move into. I wouldn't suggest it, the price of an apt, is basically the price of a town home, or heck, even a house!!! (2-3 bdrm) Cons - your children are gonna be loud at times, and neighbors WILL complain. some apts dont have washer/dryer. not alot of privacy as u have neighbors literally a few feet next door LOL, no yard for kids to run around in. BUT on the other side, it could be cheaper, some do have washer/dryer....usually most apts include most utilities....
    knicole0708

    Answer by knicole0708 at 3:38 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • We did this and I hated it, HOWEVER we reached our goals quickly so it was completely worth it!

    Pros: Save money, Didn't have to mow lawns or shovel.

    Cons: Your money is going to their mortgage not yours, you have to keep your kids down or others will get mad, not a lot of room.
    Aquarius80

    Answer by Aquarius80 at 3:44 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • It depends
    Pros
    Water and trash is usually included
    No yard work
    If you have a problem with appliances(like a water heater) they take care of it
    No stairs to run up and down on

    Cons
    Possibly no WD in unit
    Possible loud neighbors
    No yard to just let the kids run
    High payment
    Detached garage or no garage
    If reserved parking good"
    if not than sometimes its hard to find parking close
    leksismommy

    Answer by leksismommy at 3:48 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • have you thought of a mobile home....despite the stereotypes, they are good places to start out. i live in one, i have a double lot yard for the kids, water, garbage, and sewer are included, not all include these things, so ask. they come in all dif sizes. theyre fairly easy to maintain. and if you live where it snows, they plow the road.
    you still pay lot rent, for us it is 452. where we moved from it was 352. but you own the house and you can do what you want in it.
    just a suggestion.
    mama2bof2

    Answer by mama2bof2 at 3:49 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • instead of apt. hunting consider HOUSE renting. we have a 3 bedroom single family home w/ a 2 car garage, washer drier, dishwasher, more yard than we know what to do with, etc etc. We love it (for the most part) and the area, schools, etc so we signed a 2 yr lease and will be renewing it for another 2 yrs soon. With 2 kids and probably a 3rd sooner than later we love when something breaks instead of crying over how we'll replace it we make a phone call and have the rights of a lease to protect us. we are able to paint, etc etc as long as when we leave it's vanilla white again. we love it SO MUCH that if he ever wanted to stop renting we'd consider buying.
    hibbingmom

    Answer by hibbingmom at 3:51 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • what I miss about a real/standard apt, though, is lack of stairs.... this is a big old house w/ steep basement stairs I haaaaaaaaaaaaate. I never lived in an apt where I did not have my own W/D and it was always near the bedroom or something like that
    hibbingmom

    Answer by hibbingmom at 3:52 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • I am in a house and can't WAIT to get back into an apt!! You are not responsible for repairs. The yard is someone else's problem, There is a playground with in walking distance and access to a pool at the right apt. Heating and cooling are WAY cheaper. Renters ins is cheaper than Home owners (at least here it is)

    ON the other hand most places won't let you paint or hang pictures with nails and you might get butt head neighbors who complain that your kids run in the house in the middle of the day (been there).

    Yard to play in is hit or miss. Most apt have great side walks and fun grassy areas play grounds and pools.

    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 3:54 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

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