Apartment life has its share of benefits. For one, you have less of a financial burden than people who own their homes. You don’t have to worry about expenses like property taxes and crippling mortgage payments. Further, when you have a maintenance issue, you have the luxury of simply giving your landlord or maintenance crew a call to have it fixed. Similarly, you have no lawn to mow or weeds to pull; all landscaping is done for you. Finally, arguably the most appealing feature of apartment-complex life is the flexibility. Because you are not saddled by a mortgage, you have the mobility to go wherever your career or your life might take you.
Conversely, apartment living also has a few drawbacks. First, your peace and quiet is forever at the whim of your upstairs or downstairs neighbors. If your neighbor on the second floor decides to practice electric guitar for three solid hours one afternoon, there’s little you can do besides wait it out. Secondly, you of course want to make your apartment uniquely your own, but you are severely limited in how you can decorate. Most landlords do not allow tenants to repaint, for example. Lastly, you have to learn how to maximize the use of a relatively small space. In the posts for this category, we will provide advice on how to deal with these challenges to make your renting experience as pleasant as possible.