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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In The Us

July 2, 2013

Mandy asks…

Where would be a cheap spot in Spain to visit for a week or two ?

I’m finishing my Military service in the Marine Corps this july and I want to find a cheap place (Apartment) in Spain for myself for about a week, were mostly Nightclubs and Beaches are present.Would you guys have any suggestions seen as I don’t know europe at all !! I need Prices and Accomidation please, I’d really appreciate it thank you

Administrator answers:

US Marines? Try Rota. You can probably get something cheap through the Navy.

Steven asks…

fixing holes in cheap wood door?

My ex punched three holes in three different doors in my apartment and I want to repair them before I move out. They are all old, dark brown, plain, wooden doors. Do I need to replace the entire slabs or could the holes be covered more easily? Also does anyone have an idea on cost for these types of doors? Are they possible to install with no experience?

Administrator answers:

I wouldn’t patch holes in a hollow door. The best thing to do is to communicate with the office or your landlord. Just ask them. They see this all the time and its not really a big deal. If you replace it or repair it yourself, you run the risk of not repairing it perfect and them still charging you-so you pay for it twice. We charge 30$ a door if the tenant just tells us. We, like most landlords allow the charges to be spread out of the course of several months.

George asks…

What is needed to set up internet in a home?

I am moving into an apartment soon, and the landlords say everything is included in the rent besides internet. So I may just have to set up my own internet connection and pay for it.

I just don’t know what to get to set it all up, or what will be there. All of the lines to home, to neighbourhood etc, somewhat confusing.

Also, do ISPs put you into a contract? I may only be living there as low as 8 months, or as high as 3-4 years, depending if I like the place or not.

Administrator answers:

It depends on what Internet providers are available at your location.

Many cable providers have fast broadband Internet available on a month to month basis.

DSL is usually cheaper, but also slower and often requires a minimum contract, although this varies widely by provider.

Internet providers offer different levels of service with varying levels of customer satisfaction in different areas. Depending on what particular services are available at your location, it might be great or it might suck.

This is typical of most Internet services. For example Comcast reliability and service may be terrible at one address, however it might be terrific at another location in the country.

A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

Depending on your location, you can choose from several different types of broadband Internet access. They include DSL, cable, fiber, satellite, and wireless from a cellular provider.

DSL is generally the cheapest broadband option, however it is also usually the slowest. DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is a form of broadband Internet that is transmitted over standard twisted pair copper telephone lines. DSL speeds range from 256 Kbps to 12 Mbps depending on distance from the telephone company and plan that you purchase. Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Subscriber_Line

Cable – Cable Internet is a form of broadband Internet transmitted over coaxial television cables. Cable Internet speeds range from 1 Mbps to over 300 Mbps using newer DOCSIS 3.0 technology. The speed of the service depends on your exact area and service package that you order.

Fiber – Newer fiber optic services can be as fast as 1000 Mbps, https://fiber.google.com/about/ usually transmitted on fiber optic cables and often combined with copper from the street to the house. Fiber connections can also provide on demand HD television and digital telephone service on the same line.

There are also 3G and 4G wireless mobile broadband services and satellite Internet, but these are normally only used where Cable or DSL are unavailable due to the higher cost, slower speeds and low monthly bandwidth limits.

To compare your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can’t.

You’ll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 10 to 50 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

Good Luck…

Sharon asks…

Do I have enough money to move out and furnish an apartment?

I live in Tampa, FL. My wife lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We are both planning to move to Norman, OK where I will be attending grad school in the fall. We have saved about $20k to move out with and I will be receiving a stipend of around $1800 a month from my grad school once we get there. The rent on the apartment we have leased is about $820/month. My wife is freaking out because she is convinced we have nowhere near enough to move out and furnish our place on. Is the $20k we have enough or will we really run through that in an instant as she believes. How much money do you need to safely move two people across the US and furnish an apartment in new IKEA-level quality of furniture?
As a clarification, the apartment is a 2 bed 2 bath, 900 sq/ft apartment with hardwood floors and included washer and dryer. Also, my wife is an excellent chef and so will be going all out on the kitchen appliances.
For further clarification, the house I am coming from is saturated with cigarette smoke due to my parents smoking, my wife has extremely bad asthma, so I can’t bring any furniture because of the smoke smell that would kill her lungs. She can’t bring any furniture as she is only able to get a rather small flatbed truck with a small trailer to move with and that is mostly taken up with boxes of her stuff leaving no space for furniture.

Additionally, to be frank, she’s kind of a snob and neurotic about having a nicely decorated place, so while I may be fine with living in a place with cinder blocks, for the sake of me getting any peace at home whatsoever for the next five years, I cannot have such things, sadly.

Administrator answers:

Get your furniture on craigslist. There are some very nice things you can pick up there. They have pictures on the website, so you can let your wife shop online for what she wants and have you pick it up. She can email them and ask if it comes from a nonsmoking house. You can pick up some nice dressers, tables and even a leather sofa. You can sometimes get some nice kitchen stuff at a garage sale and they also advertise on craigslist, often with pictures. Besides, as people pointed out you will move again when you finish school. If you get a good buy on craigslist, you can sell a lot of the stuff for about what you paid for it instead of losing all the money like if you buy new or from IKEA. The IKEA junk falls apart and few people want it later. It costs a lot of money to move things around the country so figure you buy everything used and sell it when you leave. You may want to buy a new mattress and if there is a Sears clearance center, you can get a good deal on that. I wouldn’t buy anything else new. There will be other people leaving graduate school in Norman now and selling off everything. Tell your wife to ship her books media rate and use the space to bring her nice kitchen stuff. Clothes are also cheap to ship-they are bulky, but light. Tell her to go to walmart after 11 pm and go up and down the aisles with a cart and get the free boxes they flatten and collect to rip up. She can buy the package tape at Walmart and ship the light bulky stuff. The bigger the box, the cheaper to ship the clothing. The boxes that held comforter sets are big. There are limits, however to size for cheap rates, so she should check that out at www.usps.com I have helped family members move all over the country and I know how to do it cheap.

Look at this new leather sofa for $250 http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/fuo/3832206548.html

By the way, when we had to have someone drive a suv from CA to FL, we found that budget had the best rental rate.

Laura asks…

How much would I need to make a month to live in New York?

My friend and I really want to live in an apartment in the big apple and are trying to figure out how much it would cost us. It won’t be anytime soon, but when we do we both plan on having money saved up and finding a job there. It can be a 1 bedroom 1 bath and location doesnt matter a whole lot. It’s always been my biggest dream to live there, so I’m trying to figure this all out while I have time.

Administrator answers:

I want to know where these apartments Windrays found for $1,000 in Manhattan or $600 – $900 in the outer boroughs…because that’s INSANELY cheap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unless he was talking about per person, then that would make sense.

MINIMUM you would need to actually get by in NYC would be about $2,000 a month take home (or about $3,000 before taxes — which is about $37,000 a year). This would be each, not combined. Apartments will run about $1,400 on average for a 1 bedroom in a decent area. You can get a cheaper apartment in bad areas like the Bronx, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, East NY, etc., but it depends on how much you value not being mugged or shot. So figure about $700 per person for rent.

Utilities vary. If heat is in included in your rent, that helps. Electric will be about $100 a month ($50 each), cooking gas around $20 ($10 each), and if you decide, cable and internet. Most places have package deals for cable, phone, and internet for $99 a month — so it’s about $130 after taxes and fees ($65 each).

You’re up to $835 each.

Transportation depends on what you choose. If you have a car, you’ll need to factor in gas. If you only use public transportation, the monthly pass is $112 (but this goes up all the time).

You’re up to $950 each.

Food and necessary items can be expensive. About $50 – 75 a week per person is a good estimate. This is just for food that you eat at home, not food that you eat going out or ordering take out.

You’re up to about $1,250 each.

This is all assuming you have NO other bills. If you have student loans, credit cards, or some other structured payment, add the amount you pay each month for that. Making about $2,000 a month will leave you with about $185 per week to spend on other things like going out, savings, or paying any additional bills you may have. In a city where drinks are about $8 – $10 each, that spending cash goes FAST if you like going out.

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