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MacManKrisK

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I am currently contemplating a move to a new apartment. I've been living in the same place for about 5 years now and my current apartment has two major drawbacks and one minor one. The two most grievous problems are: 1) no light, and 2) no parking.

My current apartment has but two windows, one of them faces into an alley so all I can see is a brick wall, the other one faces due North, so I never, ever, get any direct sunlight in here. It's dark and dreary in here, especially in the winter.

There is a parking lot behind my building, but it is a city-operated lot. The landlords have 5 spots in the lot, and 18 apartments in the building. We call it the "parking lottery." If I can't get one of those spots I have to park 4 blocks away and walk, which is a little scary late at night, though I've never really had a problem.

The other problem with my current apartment is that there's a lack of storage space. I have one standard closet and one linen closet. Both are quite full.

The new apartment is a bit larger, it has one bedroom (I'm currently in a studio), it has Eastern and Southern exposures so there would be a LOT more light. There's a driveway, and room enough for me to park BOTH my Buick and my bus. The driveway would give me a place to work on the bus. The apartment has exclusive access to the basement, which would give me ample storage. There's a back patio where I could put a grill (something I've always wanted). It's on a nice grassy property, here is just a concrete wasteland.

The downside is that it's $450/mo. compared to my current $385/mo. The heat in the new place is a gas boiler, I currently have electric baseboard heat. The gas heat is cheaper (I've called the energy company), but not quite enough to offset the higher rent.

My spreadsheet tells me that I can afford it, I really like the new apartment, I'm just scared.

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____ Change is scary, Cost to heat, if you look at Electric it is one hundred % efficient, no vent for flue gases. However it is more expensive per BTU. Will it be you only on the boiler or is it shared? Small scale hot water heat is comfortable but not as efficient as large scale. How is the heat handled each unit has it own boiler or the landlord is splitting the costs or is he covering the heat. If there will be multi-able units run your thermostat lower and use an Electric Blanket, (neutered bed warmer) and a heat lamp in the bathroom. When you have guests turn up the thermostat.

____ To help in the comparesion look here. It does not do Electric/Heat pump so you are on your own there.

http://www.pelletheat.org/3/residential/compareFuel.cfm

____ Sometimes insurance rates for cars and renters change with address you may want to check with your agent, Sixty five dollars may not seem like much but some times the added daylight, being able to look out and see clouds may be well worth the added cost/month.

____ So Saith TheMoMan Go For It.

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I'll have my own thermostat, but I don't know if it's one big boiler with control valves tied to the thermo or if I'll have my own separate one.

As far as auto insurance, I'll be moving a whole 4 blocks so I doubt that will change. I know it went up $50/6mo. when I moved here from my parent's house. I could always lie to the insurance company and tell them I live with Mom & Dad, but then if something happens I have to explain to them why the car was here so that's no good.

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____ Remember that with a three story appt. 2nd floor middle of the building the heat is free. Unless there are seperate boilers, how do they know who used what?

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With more natural light, you'll spend less on electricity to light your apartment. Also, you can keep your thermostat lower and layer on the sweatshirts when you're cold.

Have you looked at your expenditures to see what you could cut out or reduce? It sounds like you want this apartment, particularly for your mental health. I'd cut what you can so you can afford the rent.

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If you can afford it, and you'll be happier there, do it. Never underestimate the importance of a comfortable living situation for your mental state.

If you just can't work up the nerve to move, maybe you can talk to your landlord about repainting the walls. I live in a garden-level unit that gets no direct sun (the windows do face east, but they're flush with the ground and there are plants in front of them) and it is absolutely amazing what changing the colors of the walls did for the place.

For $450/month you can rent a room in someone's basement where I live. Or maybe a studio above someone's garage up in the mountains. But a nice apartment in city limits? Forget it. Students in Boulder who live alone can't afford to do much else. Just to put it in perspective.

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garden level unit :-D is that what they call groud floor (1st floor to the non amis) nowadays?

p.s., when I lived in apartments I always chose ground floor, despite living in a city and having everybody able to look into my apartment. I didn't care, and I don't like carrying groceries up steps.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
For $450/month you can rent a room in someone's basement where I live. Or maybe a studio above someone's garage up in the mountains. But a nice apartment in city limits? Forget it. Students in Boulder who live alone can't afford to do much else. Just to put it in perspective.

Yeah seriously. Speaking from a NY point of view, that's *fantastic.*

It certainly sounds like you should do it, and even you appear to know that...but are simply hesitant. The only reason you shouldn't get that one is if you can find a better one...but it definitely sounds like you're not thrilled with your current abode, and should move. Good luck!

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quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
garden level unit :-D is that what they call groud floor (1st floor to the non amis) nowadays?

No, actually, that's what they call it when it's below grade but not deep enough underground to qualify as a basement. My windows are pretty standard size and the bottom of the sill is about 4 feet up from the floor from the inside. On the outside, the bottom of the sill is about four inches from the dirt and I have to go down about five steps to get to my front door. I can't have a patio or window box. But I neither have nor really need an A/C, even in the hottest parts of the summer, so that's the trade-off. And I am lucky enough to be facing the inner courtyard, so I don't get headlights beaming into my bedroom like my neighbors across the hall (did I mention the HOA is pissy about black-out shades? Those poor people...).

Fortunately, no one could ever agree if this building was on the 100-year floodplain and now that they've widened out the seasonal creek on the far side of the parking lot everyone now agrees that we are off the 100-year floodplain (I think we're still fscked if it's a 500 year flood though so's most of the city).

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
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Originally posted by Xanthine:
For $450/month you can rent a room in someone's basement where I live. Or maybe a studio above someone's garage up in the mountains. But a nice apartment in city limits? Forget it. Students in Boulder who live alone can't afford to do much else. Just to put it in perspective.

Yeah seriously. Speaking from a NY point of view, that's *fantastic.*

It certainly sounds like you should do it, and even you appear to know that...but are simply hesitant. The only reason you shouldn't get that one is if you can find a better one...but it definitely sounds like you're not thrilled with your current abode, and should move. Good luck!

spaeking from a swiss point of view, that is fantastic, 50 sqaure meters costs about 2 grand / month in a big city.

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Go for it.

Being happy where you live is very important.

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Well, I've decided to jump on it. Gonna' pick up the phone right now and call the landlord and tell her that I want the new apartment. [Smile]

Thanks to everybody for your input. I think I'd be downright silly to pass this up. It's a bonafide improvement in my quality of life. [Smile]

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Yay!

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Yay!

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I'd definitely go for it. It's scary how much of a difference your living environment can make to your mental state.

And I pay ~£800pcm for a one bed flat with one parking space, so quit your moaning [Wink]

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quote:
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And I pay ~£800pcm for a one bed flat with one parking space

You live in Cambridge....so that's £100pm for the flat and £700pm for the parking space??? [Wink]

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Around here, $450 wouldn't be enough to cover condo fees and property taxes - and that's after taking out a $200K+ mortgage. Gotta love Boston real estate [Frown]
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This message was typed from my new apartment, using Internet services privoded by Wireless Ypsi!

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Wheeeee! Congrats! [Applause] [thumbsup] [Applause] [thumbsup] [Applause]

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yea! glad the move went smoothly!
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Congrats!!
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A new home is a big thing

I know we have had a few private chats in the past about things you were not sure of... and I hope that what we discussed helped you find where you wanted to go "for you"

This time I think you already knew what was right for you...

Good for you! A better feeling about where you live always will make you feel better allover.

Hope the feelgood factor really lasts and gives you a karmic "legup" - if it does the dividends will last for years... even perhaps long enough that you will tell your kids/grandkids about the time you moved to the "the great place"

Currently I have a "good place" but is isn't my "great place" atm... time may make it into my "great place" or I may have to move on later to find that - I had a "great place" once but stuff beyond my control took that from me - and just because it was a "great place" then doesn't mean it would still be a "great place" now... things have changed hugely for me in the last 8 years,,.

But I still miss that place in a selfish way... maybe it wouldn't work for me now and I just am thinking "backwards" -nevertheless, a place that feels good for you now is good for you now.

Enjoy

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I'm still in the process of moving, but I took a few minutes to make this video tour of my new apartment, complete with shaky camera work and badly edited cuts! [Smile]

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I have that exact same sink/cupboard in my bathroom which leads me to believe it's the cheapest one
at Home Depot and all the landlords pick it up. Oh, and you have exclusive access to the heat and water
control for the other flats! They better be good to you. [Razz] It reminds me of the one bedroom I had
here downstairs years back. I thought the windows were FANTASTIC there but coming to it from a
basement flat may have skewed my opinion of windows a bit.

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I love the part where you geek out over the windows. Almost no one appreciates a good window until they've suffered with a bad one. [thumbsup]

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