Trying to decide where your next new place should be? There are lots of reasons to consider researching apartments in San Antonio or any city. It’s almost always cheaper than buying a house as you won’t have to come up with a big down payment or pay closing costs, with just the first month’s rent and a security deposit required in most cases. According to NerdWallet, if you stay in the home for three years, renting will be cheaper than buying on average, with total savings of nearly $7,400.
Of course, making the decision as to where you’ll rest your head each night and live your life during the day can be a challenging task. To help you make that choice, you’ll definitely want to consider these perks of renting an apartment.
Access to Desirable Amenities
When you buy a house, you’re probably not going to get access to a gym or a pool unless it’s already part of the property. While you could add those amenities, it would likely cost thousands of dollars for installation. Even then, a house with a pool means a big added expense and effort to upkeep, not to mention the liability if a child should accidentally fall in.
When you rent an apartment, most of the time the complex will include all sorts of amenities that would otherwise be a huge expense, including an in-ground pool. Apartment pools also provide a fun gathering place to hang out and soak up the sun with your neighbors. There might be a BBQ area, a playground or another place for the kids to play. Fitness centers are typically standard at mid- to upscale complexes and come with no additional fees. Some of the other amenities that might be included are an outdoor fire pit, clubhouse, community garden, and a pet washing station.
No Maintenance or Repairs
Maintaining a home is costly and can take up a significant amount of time. With an apartment, there’s no lawn to mow, weeds to pull, leaves to rake, or roof to inspect. Live in an area subject to snow and freezing temperatures? You won’t have to worry about digging out of your driveway to get to work as you’ll probably have a covered spot, or at minimum, the pathways and parking lots around the complex should be shoveled and plowed. Many apartments have grounds with lush landscaping, colorful flowers, and manicured lawns that don’t require any effort by the tenants, all they have to do is enjoy the beauty.
If the dishwasher stops working or there’s a leak in the ceiling, in most cases, you’ll just call the apartment manager or maintenance person to take care of the issue. Apartment complexes often have a handyman on staff as well as relationships with contractors so repairs can be taken care of quickly. If you own a home, when something breaks you’ll have to either take care of the job yourself or find a repairman. Not only is it likely to be pricey, you’ll need to do quite a bit of homework to find out if the price is fair, if they’re reliable and whether or not they do quality work.
When you live in an apartment complex it’s easier to develop relationships with neighborhoods as it’s more of a tight-knit community than a neighborhood, and even more so than a house in a remote area. You may have people right there you can socialize with, call on for that proverbial cup of sugar, or for help in an emergency.