Living in apartments for some people is quite refreshing while others consider this to be a temporary place to live as they plan towards acquiring their home. Whatever the option is, here are the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to residing in an apartment.
Most apartments have fabulous amenities. For example, the Mark-Taylor apartments here in Gilbert, Arizona. As a former renter there, I always enjoyed making the best out of living there and tried to ensure the everything looked perfect for anyone looking to rent. Some of the amenities they provided included as security, playground for kids, recreational centers — even a state of art gym. Such apartments are usually available in the cities and, most of them are close to interesting sites such as restaurants, malls, and concert venues.
Apartment living also comes with a soothing comfort — maintenance is out of their hands. Renters don't need to bother about repairs, replacements, landscaping issues — all these responsibilities are handled by the management company or superintendent. The most involved a tenant needs to be in this regard is to report a problem if they see one simply.
Finally, apartments are usually small — perfect for someone who lives alone or has just a roommate.
And because of their size, they don't require a huge cost to furnish, heat, or cool (and keeping it tidy is easier than with an entire house).
While some think it is wonderful to have a small space that could easily be maintained, others find it uncomfortable; they feel it is confining and difficult to handle. This is especially true for larger families, for who sharing a small space isn't exactly idyllic. In apartments, the bathrooms and kitchen, in particular, are smaller compared to the bathrooms and kitchens found in a house. And because the apartment doesn't belong to the tenant, there are no options available to expand the little space.
Tenants have no choice but to manage the inconveniences in the small structure. Parking space may also be a big issue.
Apartments come with other restrictions as well, such as limits on certain features. For example, tenants may be disallowed from changing the paint of the unit to their favorite color, or even replacing appliances with newer models that would suit their needs better. Some apartments even have rules restricting their tenants from placing any nails on the walls, meaning they would need to be extra creative when it comes to decorating or hanging pictures.
It's very rare for a tenant to come across an available apartment that has every feature the exact way they want.
If you appreciate your privacy — or if you just don't want to hear all about the drama from your neighbor's, apartment living is not exactly ideal. Your privacy can be tremendously compromised as you will likely be sharing a wall with at least one neighbor (not to mention the possibility of having your apartment positioned either below or above another apartment).
Most apartments aren't exactly known for having thick, soundproof walls, meaning there may just be some disturbances when you least expect them.
It all comes down to you and your needs. Living in an apartment can be enjoyable, regardless if you are hoping to own your own home someday or not. But before considering to renting one, be sure to check if the features being offered will work for you.
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