Should I Stay, Or Should I Go? How To Decide If Your Apartment Just Isn't "The One"
Making the decision to move is never an easy one. Even if you’re discontent in your current housing situation, the hassle and cost of switching buildings can justify “sticking it out” for longer than you hoped when you signed your lease. Whether it’s time to decide if you want to renew your lease, or you’re hoping to sublet your current apartment, asking, as The Clash famously wondered, “should I stay or should I go?”, is a dilemma every renter goes through. Whether or not the ‘80s rock gods had apartment hunting in mind or not is beside the point.
Here are a few important things to consider if you’re on the fence about renewing your lease or finding a new place to call home:
1. You’ve Outgrown It
One of the most practical reasons to upgrade apartments is physically “outgrowing” your current home. Whether you’ve added a member to your family, accumulated more stuff that you don’t want to get rid of, or you’d like more space to entertain, feeling cramped in an apartment can cause it to lose it’s appeal pretty quickly.
2. You Want To Downsize
On the other hand, sometimes downsizing makes more sense than finding a “bigger and better” place. Whether you’re planning to sell your stuff, or you’re just hoping for a cheaper rent payment, looking for something smaller is a valid reason to move as well.
3. There Are Inconveniences You Can’t Overlook
Although almost every rental comes with it’s own downsides, sometimes the leaky faucet, lack of storage space, and long commute to work make your current place more of a hassle than a home.
4. Other People Make Your Current Rental Too Difficult
Whether you can’t stand your landlord or the grumpy old man down the hall is a menace to your happiness, there’s no sense staying somewhere with unwelcoming neighbors or a hard-to-deal-with owner. There’s no shame in renewing your lease to seek out a space that meshes with your tastes.
5. You’re Ready For A Change
There may be a sense that is hard to put your finger on, but simply put, means that you’re ready to move on. You may not need a long list of reasons other than that you’re ready for “bigger and better” (or maybe “smaller and cleaner” or “cheaper and closer”) things. Trust your instincts- moving may be worth the hassle.
6. You Won’t Lose Money To Move
One of the biggest reasons not to move is if you’ll lose money during the transition. However, if you can find a lower rent price, a closer commute, or a cheaper neighborhood compared to your current place, moving makes sense.
7. You Don’t Feel Safe
Last, but certainly not least, if you don’t feel safe (or even happy) in your current neighborhood or apartment building, you should feel no pressure to renew your lease if you have the opportunity to hunt for a new place.
And, of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't pay homage to these iconic 80s rock gods.