When my husband and I first got married, we decided to move into an apartment.
We hoped to save some money, attain some job security and do research before we rushed into buying a house.
We thought that apartment living would give us the opportunity to find the perfect house at a great price. Neither of us were thrilled with throwing our money away on rent but looked forward to building equity by investing into property of our own. We chose a really great apartment complex with all the modern amenities. Within the apartment we have our own washer and dryer, two full bathrooms, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a balcony overlooking the swimming pool. The swimming pool is enormous and includes two fountains, a barbecue area, lots of sun loungers and a hot tub. We also have access to tennis courts, a game room, a fitness center and covered parking. I can walk a few steps down the hallway and dump our garbage down a convenient trash chute. We even have zoned heating and cooling in the apartment and the cost of utilities are included in the rent. If there’s an issue with any of the appliances or even if a lightbulb needs replacement, we simply contact the maintenance department. Repairs are always completed within twenty-four hours. We don’t need to worry about mowing the lawn, maintaining the roof, repairs or updates. It’s all taken care of for us. There’s no way we could afford all of these luxuries and conveniences for our own home. We’d be constantly working to keep up with household demands and struggling to save up for a tiny swimming pool. Because of this, we’ve continued to rent the apartment for a lot longer than we originally intended.