Thursday, February 18, 2016
Doing my homework: appartment complexes
Previously, I had researched the main, 3 bedroom appartment complexes in the city just North of here, listing amenities, square footage, rent and fees, parking etc as well as guestimating how much of an immediate drop in living expenses would be afforded by moving to the various complexes. I ranked them in order of initial preference, from 1(top) to 5, later eliminating # 5 due to bad feedback (multiple sources), and age of complex.
I anticipate reduced living expenses in several of my line item budget costs:
-cleaning service fee
-lawn mowing service
-utilities (most of the appartments are 1/2 the size of this current rental) including oil, wood, electric, cable (some of the complexes come with cable/Internet as a perk)
I am a bit leary of the idea of more communial living as I don't relish the idea of being disturbed due to noisy neighbors. Quality of life is important as I look at my bottom line.
Too much is in flux at the moment as regards work,and my health, for me to commit to buying real estate, so I will rent. DD assures me that she minimally needs another year at home. Once she does flee the nest, I can consider a 2 bedroom-not necessarily to buy nor in CT. Again, too many what ifs.
So today, I have 2 appointments and tomorrow morning brings a third. I plan on setting up a 4th this weekend, if possible.
I suspect that I would prefer an attached townhouse style unit, perhaps a condo. I haven't completely rules out another house, I am keeping my final monthly costs in mind. While I am starting my search in the city, where I spend the bulk of my time, I am not excluding nearby towns. Inventory is currently low, but should dramatically increase as Spring arrives While some complexes on my list currently have units available, it is way too soon, I am mearly exploring my options (with 2 pets in tow). Best to see what each complex has to offer, and move forward.
If you were in my shoes, what questions would you ask?