By citylife - 20/04/2013 20:22 - United States
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It's not that simple. You have to consider all the factors involved in the decision, not just rent. Let's say OP saves 1000 bucks a month on rent alone by moving to sub urban area, instead OP has to spend 1 extra hour each way between home and work. Factor in OP's hourly income, the money OP saved from rent might not justify the decision at all. I didn't even mention the extra gas OP would have to pay, or the transit fare, the higher probability of having a car accident, thus increased auto insurance and etc.
You're paying for the luxury of not having to switch power outlets. You know how bothersome that is? And how costly it is to provide?
Tell me about it. my vacuum chord reaches into two rooms except for one corner in the second one. Rather than unplug the chord and go to the closer outlet I usually just lunge the vacuum forward and watch in reoccurring disappointment as it gets choked back like a wild animal on a leash .
Sometimes it's not an option, where the apartments of the whole damn city is priced around the same, unless you explore your options outside of the city. I just went through the apartment search process myself, I found some really cheap apartments inside the city, but the neighborhood is really shady, that's probably why...
Maybe he does have to live there though. Sometimes the housing market is brutal. He could end up paying more or the same for essentially the same set up. Maybe this apartment is the only one available that's decently situated near the OP's employment. I know I've seen some great deals on places in my area, but the hassle of getting to my job makes them unsuitable choices.
The market where I live is just brutal. I'm wondering if OP lives in San Jose, CA, too... We just moved out of a $2,000/month ONE bedroom apartment. Mind you, the reason we moved was because they were trying to rob us blind, but the OP could easily be in the same situation as I was. Stuck on month to month leasing due to an unsteady job that shuttles you around like a piece of lost luggage... The place OP lives in might be the only one that accepts the setup that OP needs right now.
105, don't get so bent out of shape. No one was trying to "shut [you] down". The fact remains, though, that the idea of commuting is not a very good one. For example, say OP commutes to work & has to be there at the common time of 9am. Traffic is hell between 7-10 in the city. As such, OP must refill their tank roughly once a week. Gas is about $4/gallon in most places right now, so topping off is about $70-80 each stop. Costing OP $280-320 extra every month. Just to live in an apartment with a rent $200 less than one much closer to their job... Making that apartment, in the long run, a bad choice. No, you're right, they don't HAVE to live there, but they also don't HAVE to shower or brush their teeth or wipe their ass since they spends money each time they do these things, but in the long run, it's a good idea to do so. PS- 89, I know it... My friend lives in Boston & has to live with people practically sleeping on top of him just to afford the ridiculous rent. San Jose is just my only experience in these cases.
I'm moving into a small bachelor next week and right now it looks spacious.... we will see how cozy it gets with furniture! But look at the bright side, you have a home and in the city everything is a close walk