first night in first apartment
Hello! It finally happened! After two months of living with a former friend while I was on the waiting list, I moved into my apartment yesterday. My former friend and I have stopped speaking since I moved, his drug problem is ruining his life and it ended our friendship. (I didn't know he did it until 3 years after we met!) So, my bottom floor apartment made moving in really easy. I got a U-HAUL just to move my couch and recliner. Since I didn't have any help, I had to tumble the couch across the grass to get it into the apartment. I don't know what I would have done if it had been a second floor apartment. There's no way I could have tumbled it up the stairs! The place is in shambles right now... I have stuff everywhere. I still have a lot of things in storage, but I am going to take my time with that because I have until the 20th to get it out without paying for another month. I inflated my Aerobed (full size with memory foam topper) and tried to sleep last night. It was very hard sleeping in a new place. My poor kitten was scared because of the new environment, he cried every once in a while. I'm just glad he didn't claw a hole in my Aerobed and send me flying across the room. I figured out what light switches control which outlets so I could plug lamps in. I had to go to big lots last night and get a few LUXURIES.... a shower curtain, towels, pots and pans, a garbage can, and a dish drainer. I also bought a pitcher with a water filter inside, because I didn't know if I should trust the water from the complex or not. The outside light over my apartment isn't working and my thermostat said it was 65 degrees, so I need to call maintenance. I haven't had a chance to have cable and internet turned on yet, so for the first time in my life I didn't have any electronic distractions. I haven't dug down deep enough to get the TV and computer out yet anyway. I almost burned my hamburger helper last night, using a gas stove for the first time. I really hope it doesn't explode. So far what I 've noticed:
The rent... it's an income restricted property (I'm a 23 y/o college student... must make under 24000 to live there) 479.00 for a 1 bedroom
Bottom floor... I'll excercise at the gym if I want, I don't need to be climbing up and down stairs with arms full of groceries or when I'm running late for class or work.
Windows on 3 sides.... the only side of the appartment that doesn't have a window is the one where the door is. The kitchen sticks out, so there is even a window on that wall. There is a ton of closet space. One as soon as you walk in behind the front door (I'd rather not have that one and have more kitchen counter space though), a pantry between the kitchen and dining area, 2 closets in the dining area, and another huge walk in (bigger than the bathroom!) in the bedroom.
Hot water is very fast!
The best feature... it's MY apartment!
No dishwasher, garbage disposal, or washer/drier hook up. The laundry area is right outside my door, which is convenient, unless I am trying to sleep at 3 AM and someone's jeans buttons are smacking the dryer drum. The kitchen sink is a single basin, with no sprayer. I bought a pivoting aerator for the sink so I can direct the spray and change the flow. Cupboard and drawer space is ample for one person, counter space is virtually non-existent.
The carpet is very flat kitchen carpet... I will need some area rugs to cover it up and make it more homey. The bathroom and kitchen tile are the same tile you would find in a grocery store or school. The air condition register and breaker box are in the dining room in plain sight... maybe I can get a picture to cover the breaker box. NO porch at all.
So, I have my apartment now and I am happy. Just wanted to share it with everyone, this is a great forum. I hope I don't have a noisy neighbor, and I know I will never become one. Should I get renters insurance? Thanks!