I was pumped up when I finally found a rental that I could afford after weeks of scouring the market with no luck.
It’s bad when your budget is within that range where most of the examples you find are poorly maintained or downright hovels.
I never want to know what I’m putting down another person’s home or lifestyle choices, although I wanted to live anywhere at least halfway clean. With my extremely limited budget for rent, this proved to be a much harder task than I ever thought that was possible. Even when I found something promising, it was usually within minutes of walking in for a tour when I would realize the place far too much like mold or a musty basement. So several of the properties in our budget were either poorly maintained or rampant with water damage from leaking sinks or ceilings. It took twice as long as I expected, although I finally found a rental property that I could afford in addition to which I felt somewhat comfortable and extremely safe. It’s a duplex where the car port is shared, but the several units have their own 4 walls. As lovely as this is for privacy in addition to noise, it’s not as fantastic for heating in addition to cooling performance as I would have expected. The walls are poorly insulated in addition to the cool conditioned air leaks out during the humid Summer weather with total ease. Although I was excited to not hear our neighbor’s through our bedroom wall, I wasn’t excited with our barely affordable electricity bill week in and week out. Until I get a better job in addition to our budget for rent increases, I will have to make do with properties I love as a single I’m renting now.