Hey-o blogworld, I’m asking for some advice today. I have a little dilemma and I don’t know how to resolve it so I am turning to you for advice because, well you guys are pretty smart.
The topic: moving. I hate moving. I hate it more than having my root canal done, more than my annual Pap and more than jeans/swimsuit shopping.
Moving is time consuming, expensive and stressful, especially when you work full-time on top of packing and searching for a new place.
But moving can be cathartic and a good reason to purge all the sh*t you hoard in your apartment and then forget about.
Anyhow, there is a 50/50 chance I have to move in September and I have no idea what to do.
Right now, I rent a condo from an owner who relocated and couldn’t sell the unit (yay housing crisis!) He told me yesterday that he’s willing to renew the lease but, after two years of living here, part of me is itching for a change.
That and I would like to decrease my rent payment. Rent in Chicago is manageable (compared to LA or NY) but it can still be expensive. One bedroom rents range from $900-$1200/month or more and although I’m in range, the thought of decreasing my rent $50-$100/month is really tempting. I know I could find something cheaper, but am I sacrificing a great place in the process?
Here are my current apartment pros and cons:
- It’s huge (1,100 sq feet) and more than enough room for one person
- Equal size living, dining, bedroom and kitchen area (most apartments here have one small room)
- Open floor plan
- Close to express bus to work, bank and two grocery stores (trifecta!)
- Very thin walls, yes, I’ve written about this before
- Communal washer/dryer (the former of which was ruined by some d-bag that washed a rug. A**hat)
- Window AC unit only in the living room (aka, hotter than h*ll sometimes in the bedroom in summer)
- Nosy neighbors (sadly, Hot Neighbor has left)
Yeah, looking at this list, it’s pretty balanced right now.
I’m not UNHAPPY with where I live, but part of me wants to try something new. I would like to have better AC capabilities and, of course, maybe in-unit washer/dryer. I would give up one of my boobs to have that.
One part of my brain says, if the landlord won’t raise your rent and it’s ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But the other part says, cutting your rent by $100, saving $1,200/year is REALLY tempting.
So interwebs help me out, what would you do? Ask for a rent decrease? Move? Do you also hate moving?