After a few weekends of searching (fruitlessly) for apartments that will take a 6-month lease*, combined with my general satisfaction with my landlord/apartment manager, love for my area, and the great price that’s allowed me to save at a steady clip over the past two years…
I might be doing the previously unthinkable. I might decide to stay in my current apartment with a new roommate instead of moving out on my own.
Again, this is a case of Need vs. Want:
- I WANT to move out in a newer apartment in a just-as-convenient neighborhood.
- I NEED to keep my rent at a reasonable rate and maintain maximum flexibility (look for some posts on travel coming up).
Besides, I know that once I move into a nicer place with newer appliances/fixtures and bigger closets – it’ll be that much harder to go back to my current apartment standards. Apartment inflation, ya know. 😉
I’m going to think on this a little bit more – the idea just popped into my head during the drive home (before my car started spewing STEAM out of the ENGINE). If after 2-3 days I still am leaning towards the staying option, I’m going to talk to my manager to understand what would be the terms of agreement if a new person moves in, and then get set to put up an ad soliciting prospective roommates.
*There may be a situation where I can take over a lease and then go month-to-month very quickly – I’ll call tomorrow to get the details, but I’m trying not to get my hopes up.
You got advice? Share your wisdom in the comments!