Many people assume that those living in an apartment are doing so because they aren’t ready to purchase a house just yet. Although this is sometimes the case, it isn’t always.
Some people choose to live in an apartment because it really is the best housing choice for their family. If you’re considering renting an apartment, how do you know if it’s the right choice for you?
Here are a few considerations that will help you determine if you’ll enjoy apartment life.
You want to live a minimalist lifestyle
Are you surrounded by stuff you don’t really want or need and you just can’t wait to get rid of it all? Or maybe you don’t have a lot of stuff, and you’d like to keep it that way? Living in an apartment can support a minimalist lifestyle.
It’s common knowledge that you’ll fill the space you have. If you have a three-bedroom home, you’ll likely fill it in no time. If you have a small one-bedroom apartment, you’ll fill it too, but you will be forced to be mindful about everything you own. There’s only so much you can get into a small closet!
You want to save money
This one may come as a bit of a surprise. After all, you’ve probably grown up hearing that owning a house is an investment—that paying rent is like throwing money down the toilet. Well, we don’t agree.
Living in an apartment can actually help you save money. Chances are, you’ll end up paying less in rent every month than you would on a mortgage payment. The difference can be put into a savings account.
You’ll save big on maintenance costs too. If something goes wrong with the septic system or a major appliance needs to be replaced, your landlord is responsible for footing the bill. If you own your own home, you’ll have to scrounge up the money to make the repair yourself.
You hate doing yard work
Owning a home sounds great on the surface, because you don’t have to answer to a landlord, but a lot goes into maintaining the property. Not only are you responsible for maintaining the interior of your home, you have to spend a lot of time maintaining the exterior of your home as well.
When renting an apartment, you don’t have to mow the lawn, trim the bushes, or mulch the flower beds. You can save a lot of time in the winter too because you don’t have to worry about shoveling the sidewalk or snow blowing the driveway.
You like the lifestyle
There is definitely a different lifestyle when it comes to apartment living. It means you can spend less time working on home improvement projects and more time catching up with friends at your favorite restaurant. It’s also a good choice if you like living around people. Many renters enjoy living in close proximity to neighbors who enjoy the same lifestyle.
Renting an apartment isn’t for everyone. If you prefer to have control over where you live, if you enjoy completing home improvement projects, or if your family needs a lot of space, an apartment probably isn’t the best choice for you. But, if the items on this list sound great, consider browsing available apartments in your area!