Recently single & need advise on finding a place...edited in purple
I recently left my husband & now I'm looking for a place that I can afford for myself & 2 girls. I make around $1500/month. I've looked at a few apts. 1 being around $775/month with all utilities paid except electric. This place also provides indoor pool, fitness center, indoor playground, rooftop patio/grill area & an outdoor movie screen (on the roof). & there's security access everywhere inside the building. The other places I've looked at are around $450-$500/month, but no utilities are included. I've been running the numbers over & over, but it seems like they'd be about the same every month. I like the idea of all of the amenities, because we'd atleast be able to get out of the apt & do something fun even if it's still at the apt building. Any opinions???
Also, I was considering downgrading to a 1 bedroom apt. I've been looking at 2 bedrooms because of the girls. But it would be cheaper with just a 1 bedroom & it would be temporary. Any thoughts on this? My girls are 6 & 3. We could share a room or I could sleep in the living room. My concern is how it will look in court during the divorce/custody battle. I have a feeling my ex would use this against me.
I'm concerned about the background check...mainly the credit check for a place. My ex has competely ruined my credit. He recently bought a vehicle before I left that I can't afford & now my house is being forclosed on because he didn't pay the mortgage when he told me he was handling it. I just got a letter saying they were having a forclosure sale in the middle of March. & since my ex moved out & changed his address...all of the bills in his name are being sent to him (I'm assuming) & I don't even know if he's paying them....highly doubtful!! So frustrated!!!! How much do they look at your credit when you apply for an apt???