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Great reasons to be a renter

15 Reason It’s Great to Be a Renter

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April 7, 2015 | Apartment Lifestyle, Everyday Living

By Katie Roach 

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I still remember moving into my very first apartment: I had no idea how to use my fancy electronic key, but once I was inside, I was excited beyond belief. There was so much potential in all that space, from decorating to cooking to drinking beer and eating pizza with my roommates.

It was an unparalleled sense of freedom– we were totally in charge of our lives, and we were free to stay or go as soon as our lease was up. Five years later, and I still feel exactly the same way when I move into a new place (except I’m way better with keys now).

My apartments have always been a personal sanctuary for me, whether I live with three friends or all my by myself. I love being a renter so much, in fact, that I made an entire list about it. Check it out:

1. You Can Break Up With Your Apartment At Any Time

Truth be told, we’re always growing and changing as people, whether we’re 18 or 34. The apartment (and neighborhood) that suited you at age 23 might not be best for you when you’re 29 (or even 24), so why commit yourself to one location? That’s one of the best things about being a renter– you get to move each and every time your lease runs out and try something totally new.
2. You Never Have to Mow the Lawn
This is my single favorite thing about being a renter. To me, yard work is the most tedious chore of all time, and I know absolutely nothing about leaf blowers or planting petunias. Luckily, apartment complexes take care of the yardwork for you. So next time you’re curled up in bed watching “Broad City” reruns on Hulu Plus and eating pizza, just remember this: Some poor soul is probably raking his front yard down the block. –
3. Your Monthly Utility Bills Don’t Make You Want to Cry
Apartments typically have less square footage than houses or condos, meaning there’s less space you need to heat, cool, and light. Between the three, you’ll have relatively affordable bills each month– and who actually uses a dining room, anyway?

5. Your Parents Will Probably Stay in a Hotel When They Visit

There are a few other perks associated with smaller-space living: You don’t need nearly as much furniture. This is great for your budget– and your back when moving day rolls around.

6. Someone Else Will Fix Your Running Toilet

How knowledgeable are you about plumbing? How about furnaces, mold, broken doors, shattered windows, or creaking floorboards? If you answered “not that knowledgeable,” then relying on your own handyman skills probably isn’t in the cards for you. The good news about renting? You’ll never have to.

7. You Won’t Sink Into Debt

Renting an apartment sometimes requires a security deposit, but other than that, there are no up front costs (like down payments) associated with snagging a new place. You pay your rent out of pocket each month, requiring no mortgages and no debt. (The exception to this is for students who are using loans to pay rent and tuition. In that case, you guys keep doing you.)

8. You Can Keep Your Options Open

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