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Your Questions About Efficiency Apartments For Rent

July 8, 2013

Sandy asks…

Anyone have a good checklist for things to pack, get rid of and do before moving?

I am possibly moving within a month and its the first time I’ll be out of my parents house. My head is already spinning with all of the details and what I might forget to pack. Also, what can I get rid of and what things should I buy to be on my own? Are there any websites with good checklists for these kind of things?

Administrator answers:

When you finally decide to move, well at that time you can go buy your boxes and tape and shread. I have no idea what kind of move it will be, are you going off to college, are you married and moving, are you and your husband divorcing and you have to decide what to take? I just don’t know how to gear my response.

Usually when you leave a parent’s home as in maybe you’re 21 then you don’t have a whole lot of things to move because the furniture belongs to your parents. And, you have to be 18 and have a permanent job (and for a while) to be able to rent an apartment. Plus, in most cases you need a vehicle for transportation. So, if you have all those then let me say this:

First go thru all your clothing (and shoes) and throw out everything you can’t fit into anymore, things you have outgrown and put them in a box by the door (or put a large note on that box saying “Salvation Army”). Then go thru your clothes once more and determine what fits you but you haven’t worn it in a year and put those into another box and tape it closed and put it to the back of your closet.
Then ask your parents what can you take with you. They “may” let you take your bed and a dresser. Ok, then think about anyone who has a truck who might be willing to move you and a few boxes. What else do you own? Get a box for that (you can keep it folded till you need to use it).

Ok, so you have the income, the long-term job, you’re over 18 and you own a car outright. So go and apply for an efficiency (starter) apartment. Can you afford to pay for an apartment, about $525, plus electric, plus phone, plus internet. Plus car insurance (and car), plus your charge accounts? Plus deposits on all those, a total of about $2,000. If not, then don’t move till you save that much.

John asks…

How much is it to rent a small apartment in the US ?

Is there a difference in rental prices for different US states, or is it pretty well the same in all states

Administrator answers:

The price varies from town to town.Efficiencies and or studio apartments can range from 350 to 1000 dollars a month according to location.

Lisa asks…

where to live in Cincinnati, close to Uni of Cincinnati?

I’ll start MS in Uni of Cincinnati next September. Where should I live? Iam looking for a studio/efficiency. My budget is about $500.

Also any suggestions for property management companies? I know that some of them really sucks. Need help.

Administrator answers:

You have the choice of a sucking or plowing management company take the sucking one. Now not all companies are unilateral some go both ways. You will have to do some indepth research and find a management company that is unilateral. This way you will find a suitable place to live within your budget. You might consider opening your mind to other housing. I have found that sometimes it is cheaper to buy property and re sell it than to rent apartments. Be open to all forms of housing and make sure you find a good real estate agent to help you. Tell them your budget they will do the digging and find you a place.

Charles asks…

Should I move to a cheaper apartment?

I am a 27 year old teacher. I have a masters degree and am looking to change careers which means I will probably have to go back to school. My patents next door neighbor has a guest house they rent out that would save me about 400 dollars a month. I would like to save money but I am struggling because I enjoy living in the city and 27 living next door to my parents makes me feel kind of like a loser. What would you do?

Administrator answers:

First I’d be wanting to know if you still owe student loans and if so then I’d suggest you stay in teaching until those loans are paid off since teachers get special benefits to help them pay down their loans. Then if you wish to change careers you’d simply apply for the job and use your degree and masters degree for transition. You do NOT need to go back to school. If you need 1 course to update yourself or you need to review books from a library on the subject of your new career then do that but don’t waste more of your money.

You didn’t say how much that guest house would cost. People who earn like $25,000 a year can get along in a studio apartment or efficiency apartment. And so if you earned that much on your new job (I don’t know what state you live in or what the unemployment situation is like, or how much your taxes or obamacare would cost you if you live in the USA) but would suggest that you live as inexpensively as possible even if that means moving back home with you family. In a family there is give and take and therefore in the long run you’d be able to save more and help them out at the same time. Me? I’d move back home. Living in the city is costly. Just remember that in life you can always return to what you had before, even if it’s 10 years or more later.

Carol asks…

Why do they call them “apartments” when they are all stuck together?

Administrator answers:

An apartment (or flat in Britain and most other Commonwealth countries) is a self-contained housing unit that occupies only part of a building. Apartments may be owned (by an owner-occupier) or rented (by tenants).

Some apartment-dwellers own their apartments, either as co-ops, in which the residents own shares of a corporation that owns the building or development; or in condominiums, whose residents own their apartments and share ownership of the public spaces. Most apartments are in buildings designed for the purpose, but large older houses are sometimes divided into apartments. The word apartment connotes a residential unit or section in a building. Apartment building owners, lessors, or managers often use the more general word units to refer to apartments. Units can be used to refer to rental business suites as well as residential apartments. When there is no tenant occupying an apartment, the lessor is said to have a vacancy. For apartment lessors, each vacancy represents a loss of income from rent-paying tenants for the time the apartment is vacant (i. E., unoccupied). Lessors’ objectives are often to minimize the vacancy rate for their units. The owner of the apartment typically transfers possession to the occupant(s) by giving him/her the key to the apartment entrance door(s) and any other keys need to live there, such as a common key to the building or any other common areas, and an individual unit mailbox key. When the occupant(s) move out, these keys should typically be returned to the owner.

Apartment types and characteristics

Luxury apartment buildings in Gurgaon, Delhi metropolitan areaApartments can be classified into several types. Studio or efficiency or bachelor apartments tend to be the smallest apartments with the cheapest rents in a given area. These kinds of apartment usually consist mainly of a large room which is the living, dining, and bedroom combined. There are usually kitchen facilities as part of this central room, but the bathroom is its own smaller separate room. Moving up from the efficiencies are one-bedroom apartments where one bedroom is a separate room from the rest of the apartment. Then there are two-bedroom, three-bedroom, etc. Apartments. Small apartments often have only one entrance/exit. Large apartments often have two entrances/exits, perhaps a door in the front and another in the back. Depending on the building design, the entrance/exit doors may be directly to the outside or to a common area inside, such as a hallway. Depending on location, apartments may be available for rent furnished with furniture or unfurnished into which a tenant usually moves in with his/her own furniture. Permanent carpeting is often included in an apartment.

Borj-e Sefid apartments in Tehran, IranLaundry facilities are usually kept in a separate area accessible to all the tenants in the building. Depending on when the building was built and the design of the building, utilities such as water, heating, and electric may be common for all the apartments in the building or separate for each apartment and billed separately to each tenant. Outlets for connection to telephones are typically included in apartments. Telephone service is optional and is practically always billed separately from the rent payments. Cable television and similar amenities are extra also. Parking space(s), air conditioner, and extra storage space may or may not be included with an apartment. Rental leases often limit the maximum number of people who can reside in each apartment. On or around the ground floor of the apartment building, a series of mailboxes are typically kept in a location accessible to the public and, thus, to the letter-carrier too. Every unit typically gets its own mailbox with individual keys to it. Some very large apartment buildings with a full-time staff may take mail from the mailman and provide mail-sorting service. Near the mailboxes or some other location accessible by outsiders, there may be a buzzer (equivalent to a doorbell) for each individual unit. In smaller apartment buildings such as two- or three-flats, or even four-flats, garbage is often disposed of in trash containers similar to those used at houses. In larger buildings, garbage is often collected in a common trash bin or dumpster. For cleanliness or minimizing noise, many lessors will place restrictions on tenants regarding keeping pets in an apartment.

In some parts of the world, the word apartment is used generally to refer to a new purpose-built self-contained residential unit in a building, whereas the word flat means a converted self-contained unit in an older building. An industrial, warehouse, or commercial space converted to an apartment is commonly called a loft.

When part of a house is converted for the ostensible use of a landlord’s family member, the unit may be known as an in-law apartment or granny flat, though these (sometimes illegally) created units are often occupied by ordinary renters rather than family members.

Staying in privately owned apartments rather than in a hotel is quickly becoming popular with travellers.
Hope its useful! I think it says something about the name…

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