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May 12, 2012

George asks…

Help! Boyfriend & puppy problem.?

I’m 31 weeks pregnant with twins. Me & my boyfriend bought a pitbull mix 2 months ago (biggest mistake ever) & I’m miserable. We live in a small 1 bedroom apartment, which is now drenched in urine & poop stains. The puppy has destroyed everything while no one was home. Verticals, television cords, & all of my favorite things. My boyfriend doesn’t have any intention to replace the damages. My boyfriend was walking him constantly when we first moved in to avoid this issue, but has gotten very lazy & now sticks him on the patio to go potty (which also has carpeting). I would walk the dog myself, but we live on the second floor & stairs are difficult for me to climb. I plan on having the carpet cleaned, although I know it will get filthy again over time. We tried crate training & the puppy would go potty all over himself before we had the time to walk him. The puppy is still nipping & i am afraid he could hurt the babies by doing this. I will not be able to care for the puppy at all while my boyfriend’s at work, after the twins are born. This is not the type of home I want to bring precious newborns into. The dog stresses me out as it is, & i cant imagine what if would be like when our children are here. I’ve told him how I’ve felt plenty of times, & he says the puppy is staying & everything will be fine. He loves his pup to death, & I understand he’s very attached. I just can’t live this way anymore. We also have a 6 month old kitten that also does her own damages, but it doesn’t bother me nearly as bad. Please help me, what do I do?! I don’t want to feel this way anymore! We’ve tried everything!

Administrator answers:

Tell the boyfriend to shape up, take care of this dog or take the dog and go away. Tell the boyfriend to immediately enroll in puppy training classes. Or take the dog and go away.

Sounds like he won’t be helping with the babies either.

Although I have to ask what possessed you guys to get a puppy in a one bedroom apartment with twins on the way? Would seem there isn’t going to be enough room for everyone.

If he loves this puppy to death – he would do right by this puppy. Puppies cannot just be left to grow up on their own. They do not know what the rules and boundaries are. They have to be shown – over and over and over and over til they “get it”. This takes time and patience and love and caring. Not sporadic every once in a while stuff.

Boyfriend too lazy. You are too busy. You really need to speak to this boyfriend about re-homing this puppy. You do not need this right now.

And neither does the puppy. The puppy has a right to grow up in a home that has time to train and care for him properly. Without proper training the puppy will grow into an unpredictable dog. And if you – because you can’t right now – and lazy butt will not – give this pup a chance with someone else.

That is not to say you are a bad person or bad puppy parent. But there is a time and place and this doesn’t sound like it is. Once you have a bigger place and the babies are older and you have more time to devote to a pet – that’s the time to get one.

Thomas asks…

My family is going nutts and they don’t think I can make it if I move out. What should I do?

I’ve been planning to move out for almost a month now. Mostly problems at home, house is starting to feel crowded, and also gas is kind of killing me because both my school and job are not even in the same city I live in. Also I’m 20 and only getting older. I’ve always respected my parent’s household and avoided coming home too late from parties and avoided inviting over anyone who isn’t basically a bestfriend (just because I dont tust people being wreckless). Again, out of my respect for my parent’s household. Well, to be honest it’s starting to get a little childish to me. I really want to move out because I want to FEEL older and party more and hang out with friends and such. Is that so wrong? I mean, I just want some more freedom, you know? Not even to be SUPER wreckless (usually too tired anyway). Just to have breathing room. I just feel wrong to do it at my parent’s house (once again, out of respect).
I have a friend from my work that is basically living with her bf but still owns her own place that she hardley lives in.

According to her, she hasnt been at her own apartments for almost 2 months now. Except maybe for checking in every now and then to make sure everything is ok. Anyway, she’d be willing to split the rent and utilities with me, almost $350 total for a 1 bedroom apartment she hardley even lives in (basically my OWN apartment with a bit of furniture in it). I’ve checked the place out, she has an old lady living next to her and no one living beneath her. Also very nice carpet and floors. Nice furniture, restroom, and kitchen with marble counters. Best part, it’s probably 10 min away from my job, 15min away from my school. Sounds awesome right?

I’ve calculated what my bills would look like if I were to move out. With a little bit of rounding up, everything comes up to almost $1350/month. I also calculated how much money I make (after taxes being taken out), and I make about $1460/month. I feel horrible about everything my family is telling me.

Administrator answers:

Do not know what your family has been saying, but it sounds like you want to and can affort to, so why not.? You will run into problems. Like if the rent goes up or your friend and her boyfriend give up his place and move in there with you. Or your friends decides she does not need her 1/2 the apartment at all. But nothing is problem free.

Unless your parents are supporting you, they cannot stop you. They will worry about you, but that is bound to happen sooner or later.

Richard asks…

should i stay or leave?

i am in atlanta and i came here healing from a crippling syndrome and went to stay with my birth sister. i knew she had a drug problem but she had just gotten a new apt and a new vehicle and i thought things had changed: they had–she had gotten worse. her mood swings and the scariness of it all became psychologically abusive. now i am at my younger birth sister’s apartment, and she doesn’t seem to mind me being here, but she lives in a tiny tiny tiny 1 bedroom and i am sleeping on the floor and i am home sick. i can’t go to my moms that’s a bridge that’s not available but one of my great friends lives in a room house and i’ve lived their before and it’s always great to stay w/ him and he’s not on drugs and i’ve known him for years plus my son is down there (in fl) and i am missing him. my ex boyfriend is coming up for a visit this weekend to bring me some stuff i need but i really want to ask him to just bring me home w/ him and take me to my friend’s place–that’s not the plan–what to do? i think i really want to go home
correction: roomy house (several bedrooms 2 unoccupied)

Administrator answers:

Well my friend, if you can excuse an old cliche’…’home is where the heart is’…if you’re from fla. And you can make arrangements why not ?? Besides, would it not be nice to see that boy of yours ??

William asks…

Large insurance claim but i dont know what to do…?

In a nutshell on my 18th birthday this year in october i will be paid 4k short of £250,000 from a car crash I had a few years ago and the epilepsy and other disabilities i have developed from this.

Now the 250k is allot of money for an 18 year old an incredible amount of money, Anyway with all this gone through and cleared i don’t receive the money till im 18… I’m not complaining really as i’ll be allot more mentally responsible to use the money. I’m stuck in dilemma of what to do with it…

I don’t know weather i should give my mother 10k to pay off all debts so shes all clear and has no debt to her name and then buy a house or have one built.

Or to move abroad and live there e.g. spain france etc

or to invest it and build a small block apartments which ive got quotes for with a 5apartments and a shop unit on the ground floor in my area for about £180,000 in total costs and rent apartments out so i still have a place to live and i have a revenue while the units are being let and impossibly putting a franchise in the shop unit below to generate more revenue also. Apartments wouldn’t be big just normal 1 bedroom with kitchen bath and living facilities nothing too major but modern.

However I have no real interest in the property market in the slightest id love to have it but my career i want to do is something within music production preferably radio broadcasting.

Now im at college training to be a producer / musician and broadcaster and i intend of following that now and i plan to follow it through but i dont know whats worth doing. I know i have allot of time well 10 months before i recieve this but i dont know what the smartest thing with the govenment and prices going up and what not :/

Help advice and suggestions needed.

Im looking at this with the openist mind possible.

Thanks

Administrator answers:

You’ll be receiving 246,000. If you give your mom 10k you’ll be left with 236,000. If you invest 180, 000 you’ll have 56,000 left. 180,000 for 5 apartments and a shop sounds like a good deal. By renting those out you should have a good monthly income, without having to touch the 56,000.

Watch the prices for now. The economy in most of the world is pretty bad so let’s see if prices go up, drop or stay the same in the next 10 months.

Moving abroad could also be nice. You’ll have to learn a the language spoken there so, I would start now.

If you want to start a business, start writing your business plan. You can find info here: http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/home

Make sure you also look at what taxes you have to pay.

Good luck.

Sandra asks…

I need Mature adults input and opinions :) pleaseee ?

I’m currently 17 years old and next year (when I turn 18 and some months) I will be going to college. I plan on moving out bc I don’t have ANY SPACE at home w/ my family now. It’s stressful & all it is, is consistent arguing non-stop and negative vibes.. I don’t need this, I’m going to college, I need my own room, for studying, peace and positive environment. Just trying to be successful and I just can’t be stressed out… (I’m also roomating with my friend I’ve know for about 6 years, so I trust her) so everything will be half & half. Even cheaper!

but I’ve been looking at apartments , and I’ve been noticing some cheap places, for example “$550 for 2 bedroom” and the description sounds really pretty. Is there some kind of catch, or negatives to this? Or anything you have to say from experience bc I’m young,inexperienced myself and I need some information so please help ? (:
Advice is welcome too , BUT I don’t want to hear “I advise you to stay home ” cause when you live in a 1 bedroom w/ 6 people and you sleep on the floor… #nobueno lol

Administrator answers:

I would recommend you don’t go and get an apartment just yet, you have to sign a year long lease in most cases and there are alot of other expenses involved.

You should do what i did when i was your age, rent a room from someone for a flat monthly fee. There’s no legal obligation, its much cheaper, u wont have to buy furniture and hosewares. The key is to find good roommates you can be friends with, so look for young college students that don’t party like animals lol. Dont rent from couples or ppl old enough to be your parents, it never works out!!

Craigslist has lots of adds for rooms for rent/ roomates

David asks…

Sexile with my roommate?

I am a male college student.I live in a 1-bedroom with my roommate, who is also my close friend. She takes the bedroom and I take the living room, and I don’t mind less privacy cos it’s huge and bright. Recently a problem has arisen about sex in the apartment.

Previously, she would go over to her longterm boyfriend’s house to screw on the weekends. This was good for me too as I had the place to myself to entertain my own guests. But a few weeks ago she broke up with her boyfriend and she’s just been flooring it. I think she’s seeing 3 guys right now. One night I told her that my friend was coming over but he ended up not coming, and my roommate said “Aww but I wanted to have sex with him!” And she’s never even met my friend!

We had previously made an agreement that we should never have to hear each other having sex. We agreed to let the other roommate know in advance so he/she could make other plans or go to the library for a while. The very next day after we made this agreement, she brings home this guy unannounced. “Sorry, it just happened!” And they proceed to have sex in her room. The walls are very thin here.

And that’s been happening every week now. Sometimes she doesn’t even tell me ahead of time, but I figured it out cos it’s EVERY WEEK. He doesn’t have his own place so they have nowhere else to go. He’ll stay overnight and into the day. Me, on the other hand, I haven’t had sex in weeks. I have too much studying to do. I can’t sleep or study with this crap going on.

I need to take charge here, I mean this is my own space. I’m thinking about making a new rule.

1) No overnight or conjugal visits while the other roommate is here.
2) No visits without explicit consent of the other roommate in advance.
or, 3) no visitors, period. There’s already too many people living here.

What seems most reasonable?

Administrator answers:

In my opinion, you should ask your advisor how you go about getting a different living arrangement. You don’t have to tell him why, just say you need more privacy because you can’t sleep or study. You might have to get on a wait list. If that’s the case, have a heart to heart conversation with your roommate. Tell her you’re cranky because you can’t sleep or study with three people in the suite and that you’re looking for new digs, but in the meantime would she please “compromise” and have her guests leave at midnight. Until you find new digs, that’s the best you can ask for.

Lots of roomies have midnight curfews, they don’t always work, because setting boundaries is difficult, but maintaining them is even more difficult. Next time set boundaries with your roommate before you move in, then at least you can say, “You gave me your word that you wouldn’t have guests after midnight.” Make her understand that “compromise” is the only way you can remain friends until you find new digs.

Linda asks…

Please help! Boyfriend & puppy problem?

I’m 31 weeks pregnant with twins. Me & my boyfriend bought a pitbull mix 2 months ago (biggest mistake ever) & I’m miserable. We live in a small 1 bedroom apartment, which is now drenched in urine & poop stains. The puppy has destroyed everything while no one was home. Verticals, television cords, & all of my favorite things. My boyfriend doesn’t have any intention to replace the damages. My boyfriend was walking him constantly when we first moved in to avoid this issue, but has gotten very lazy & now sticks him on the patio to go potty (which also has carpeting). I would walk the dog myself, but we live on the second floor & stairs are difficult for me to climb. I plan on having the carpet cleaned, although I know it will get filthy again over time. We tried crate training & the puppy would go potty all over himself before we had the time to walk him. The puppy is still nipping & i am afraid he could hurt the babies by doing this. I will not be able to care for the puppy at all while my boyfriend’s at work, after the twins are born. This is not the type of home I want to bring precious newborns into. The dog stresses me out as it is, & i cant imagine what if would be like when our children are here. I’ve told him how I’ve felt plenty of times, & he says the puppy is staying & everything will be fine. He loves his pup to death, & I understand he’s very attached. I just can’t live this way anymore. We also have a 6 month old kitten that also does her own damages, but it doesn’t bother me nearly as bad. Please help me, what do I do?! I don’t want to feel this way anymore! We’ve tried everything!

Administrator answers:

Pibulls are a lot of work at first, they need exercise and to go out every 2-4 hours. It also sounds like the puppy may have separation anxiety (the destruction). Your boyfriend should be cleaning up the mess with natures miracle after the puppy goes potty in the house everytime. He or she also needs to be crate trained. You should try and find a new home for the puppy or have a serious talk to your boyfriend about his priorities, he should get you a larger apartment as well!

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