I am currently in the middle of trying to find a nice apartment in a complex, in a new school district for Kidlet but, near my college …. but, thats not quite as easy as it sounds. There are some issues mainly money ones that I think will prevent our applications from being approved. Currently I am not working however, each semster I do have a surplus of government financial aid along with student loans that I have been successfully supporting us with. Now that my ex has passed away our daughter is eligible for Social Security Death Benefits obviously for her care so after much discussion Kidlet decided that she wants to move out of our city and out to the suburbs.
Today I filled out an application at a complex without seeing any units but learning the low price had me interested. Next, I had an appointment at a complex directly across the street to see a two bedroom unit that was only $720 per month includes heat, hot water & standard cable (average electric bill I would pay is around $50). The complex has a really nice pool, basketball court, tennis court and a small playground. The apartment was small and had coin operated laundry in the basement (which I don't particularly care for but, I'll get over it) but, since it is only the two of us and we don't have a lot of stuff I will be putting in the application along with the fees (by check or money order only in 2014!) next week.
The last complex I looked at had a two bedroom for $685 (not including any utilities) which was much bigger with two bathrooms (the master was wierd because the sink was outside the bathroom maybe for a couple?) and lots of storage with coin op laundry on each floor but the big problem was that it was a basement unit. It even smelled faintly of basement, was not bright AT ALL even with pretty big windows, had a blocked over panel in the smaller bedrooms closet (maybe furnace access) and there was this huge odd pipe in the master closet that I think was a water main shut off not to mention the appliances, cabinets & counters were all really dated. Had the unit been on a higher floor and slightly more up to date I think I would've applied since the cost was lower (maybe not in the long run having to pay all utilities) and the complex still had a pool, tennis courts & a basketball court.
I may still look at at least more more complex that might be in my price range but, all the non-refundable application fees may just do me in. Plus, I still have to buy things like bathroom stuff (shower curtain, mats etc.), a bed for Kidlet, small appliances (toaster, iron, vacuum), curtains, lamps & cleaning supplies (also, I really like having papertowel and toilet paper). Anyway, soon we shall see what happens and Kidlet and I will be out in the 'Burbs!