Apartment life has its pros and cons. Pros are that you are not responsible when things break down, so you have a handyman that can come in and fix things when needed, and you don’t have yard upkeep and roofs to replace. Cons can be the size and the fact that some people like the added responsibility of home ownership.
On top of that, you’re putting endless money into rent on a place that will never be yours, and in many cases, for less than what you’re paying in rent, you could be working toward home ownership. But, it’s not in the cards for everyone, and when it comes to fitting a family of 3 or more into an apartment there are some things you need to plan for.
You will have better luck finding the apartments that are available out there if you get online to look for them. Not all apartments are advertised in the local newspaper anymore, in fact, that’s kind of an obsolete thing in many places these days. You can find all sort of websites that apartments are listed on, though.
One of the bonuses of searching online is that you can punch in exactly what you want in order to find the right place for you. You’ll be able to enter how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want, and how much floor space you want, and you’ll even be able to say floor plans for the apartments you’re considering.
You definitely want to consider the location of your apartment, especially if you have young children. You should look up addresses on a crime mapping site before you make a choice. You might want something close to their schools, or close to your work. These are all important things to consider.
If you don’t own a vehicle you might want to make sure that the apartment is close to a bus stop. Consider whether or not other children live in the complex, is there a play area for kids, is there a pool. All of these things are worth looking into, and worth taking a tour to see, as well.
How Much Space Do You Need?
You also need to consider how much space you need. Most apartment leases are generally a year long, so if you intend on expanding your family within that year, or you aren’t going to want to move when your lease is up, you might want to consider something bigger than what you need right now.
You want to consider that while siblings can share rooms, there are points in their development where it might not be as good of an idea. And, while your newborn may be in a crib in your one room apartment right now, you’re not going to want them in your room forever. And that’s not even getting into bathrooms and teenage girls!