I am in a bit of a bind.
Not sure what to do.
I have a great apartment that I don’t want to give up. Its huge and the rent is great for our area, and its in a quiet building in a good location.
Problem: Its a one bedroom. We will be adding two more family members soon, and I believe that they should have their own bedroom.
2 bedroom apartments in our area run around a few hundred dollars more than we are paying. We would be able to afford it if my husband was working full time (which he does in the summer) but since he is a full time college student, he works part time when school is in session.
My best friend just purchased a home that she is moving in to in 2 months from now. Her apt will be up for grabs. She has a two bedroom, but the apartment is quite smaller than ours.
Pros of her apt:
*Rent stays the same as what we’re paying
*Kids will have a bedroom
*3 blocks from train station (for my daily subway commute)
*Is on the first floor- meaning I will not be stressed if the children run around (and worry about downstairs neighbors)
*Sunnier than our apt
*Has a washer/dryer and dish washer- we had none of those bec we are on the third floor and they don’t allow it (so we send out our laundry)
*since its first floor hubby can walk outside to smoke (yes, hes a smoker)
*Smaller than our apt
*Husband not crazy about apt set up- ceilings are lower, where bedrooms are positioned…he says he doesn’t like the vibe. I say that when we set things up our way it will be beautiful- my friend tore the place up- so knowing my sense of style, it has potential.
*the bathroom is nasty- tiles, bathtub toilet…. but we could easily fix that (my best friend’s uncle owns the apt)
The alternative to not moving? Staying put and hoping that a two bedroom opens up in our building (super says none available now)- it will still cost more, but the apartment is huge and then we don’t have to move from our great location. The problem is- we are not sure when an apt will open up- if at all.