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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In The Us

June 23, 2013

Lizzie asks…

How much is gas and electric separate?

My boyfriend and I are moving into our first apartment together here very soon. Our rent is $545/month (water and trash included). We also have to pay our electric and gas; electric is with Salt River Electric and gas is with LG&E. He wants to pay one bill and I pay the other. I’m just trying to figure out which one will be cheaper for me since I already have to pay my half of the rent and my phone bill, which is more expensive than his. Like I said, this is our first apartment together, so we’re both real clueless on much expenses will be for us. I was wondering if anyone could help me out and give me your reviews on both bills? Please and thank you! :)

Administrator answers:

Depends on how much you use. If you run every lamp in the house 24/7 and keep your heat on 78 then your bills will be higher than someone who conserves usage. Only time will tell. However the utilities will be able to give you their rate as well as a history of the property the reflects the previous tenants usage.

A better solution to all this would be to split each bill in half. And since you are having trouble deciding even this minor issue I suggest you not move in together at all just yet. There are bigger issues to come … I’m giving this 6 months before you are at each others throat.

Chris asks…

How do you remove wallpaper?

When my boyfriend moved into his apartment in July, we painted a couple of rooms and put up a wallpaper border as a chair-rail in another. He’s moving earlier than expected (next weekend instead of August) and has to remove the border and repaint the walls the original color. The paint was really dark (red and navy and hunter green) and we’re using Kilz to cover it. But we’re having a hell of a time getting the border off. What is the easiest (and cheapest) way to get it off. We’ve tried soaking it with water, and that has taken most of it off, but there are some parts that just won’t budge. The was the first time either of us have put up wall paper, and we didn’t really know what we were doing when we put it up, and we didn’t really think about taking it down at the time! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Administrator answers:

All you really need to do is use hot tap water let it soak in and then scrap it with a paint plastic putty knife. The hotter the water you can stand will work better. Let it soak in for about 10 minutes, while you are scraping that spray or just use a rag and bucket on the next area. Good luck!!!

Betty asks…

What can young couples do about soaring houseprices?

Me and my boyfriend really want to move out of our parents houses and get a place of our own.
House prices are massive and we simply cannot afford to get on the property ladder. I’ve been thinking about loans etc as a last ditch attempt although I’m not too keen on the idea and don’t want to be left with loads of debt wellinto my seventies.
What can people like us do?
Why are house prices this high in the first place?

Administrator answers:

If neither you nor your boyfriend has ever lived on your own (or together!!), i don’t reccomend buying a house straight from your parents. You’ll be suprirsed how much stuff costs every month- insurance, utilities, etc.

Go get a 6 month lease at an apartment and make sure that you enjoy living together (living together can make or break a relationship) and that you guys have a good grasp on what it costs. If you get a cheap rental, you can save money at the same time.

Don’t get extra loans outside your mortgage when you do buy– get 100% financing (which is posible with even okay credit) andi f you have to, do something creative like an ARM loan or an interest only option- or even a 40 year loan. It will seem hard now, but in 5-10 years you’ll be making more money and can pay extra, so you WONT be paying into your 70s.

Charles asks…

How do you keep your house clean and nice looking?

My fiance and I are both complete slobs, I’ll freely admit it. I would like to have a nice looking, clean apartment to come home to every night but its extremely difficult for us. For those of you who have mastered the art of cleanliness, do you have any tips for us?

Thanks!

Administrator answers:

You need to see what stuff is making the mess then make a plan for it. If you have a ton of books and papers laying around get a book shelf. If it’s vid games and assorted clutter get something like this to toss it in http://www.amazon.com/Wicker-Basket-Cabinet-2d-5-2dBasket/dp/B000087BB2

If however, you are looking at dishes and “stuff” You need to make a rule that you both follow that the kitchen sink, counters and all dishes are taken care of before bed every night. Something like 10 minutes before bed take care of the dishes. Also take out the garbage.

Most people get that disheveled look because things are brought into the place and not dealt with. Learn to deal with them or tuck them away.

So some tricks:

1. In your bathroom put several supermarket bags. Use one for a liner with the others under it in the trash. Then when full pick it up tie it up and fix the next one. If your makeup is all over get a make-up rolly or make one out of a towel. Http://onlybarter.com/assets/store/46446-beauty-in-a-roller-bag–2-.jpg

2. With 2 people make a list of who is responsible for what even rotate the list if you want. Otherwise you both sit there expecting the other to do something.

3. Have a place by the door for keys, sunglasses, gloves, scarves, briefcases, backpacks and mail. An inexpensive over the toilet cabinet with a curtian on a tension rod in the lower portion. Http://www.stacksandstacks.com/images/product/reg-1222374014-132678.jpg You can get the cheaper ones and paint them.

4. Run the vacuum every day…seriously do it. You don’t have to get every corner save that for once a week or every few weeks. Don’t be anal about it just spend 5 minutes running around each of the rooms you spend the most time in. This keeps dust down and makes the place feel fresh.

5. Don’t be eachothers parent but call attention to the fact that someone has made a mess and either help clean it or get them to. It’s called being fair.

6. Dirty towels and wash need to go in something till it’s time to wash them. Washing a load in the morning and putting it in the dryer at night saves a big wash day.

If you invest 30 minutes during the course of a night. Even in between commercials. It will get done. Fold laundry in front of the TV.

Mary asks…

How much would it cost to move to china?

Probablly Beijing. It would have to be a three bedroom, one or two bathroom apartment. Would it be thousands of dollars? We want something kind of cheap. Could you also give us help with furniture, food, etc. thankyou!

Administrator answers:

If you want anything that big and in a safe area, you would have to pay at least 4-5 million Uyen. Most people have one or two b edrooms and only rich people two bathrooms. You might be able to rent for a 3000 to 4000 each month.

Http://beijing.joannarealestate.com.cn

Cheapest here is 13000 Uyen. You will not find anything proper for 2000, unless you go down to one bedroom.

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