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Your Questions About Small Two Bedroom Apartment Plans

July 7, 2013

Richard asks…

How am I going to sell my house?

I live in a two bedroom house. It’s the size of a one bedroom apartment. I hate it. I have plans of moving into another home October 1st but I can’t sell my current house. 3 People have looked at it and they all say the same thing “It’s cute but too small” Is there anything I can do to it?

Administrator answers:

Paint walls white or light pastel colors.
Eliminate clutter.
Remove furniture which is excessive. You don’t want too many chairs, etc.
Let in as much light into the room as possible by pulling back drapes or using lighter weight ones or smaller ones (like you see just on top of the rod) or even eliminating those that are on patio doors.

You should watch shows like A&E’s “Sell This House”

http://aetv.com/sell_this_house/index.jsp

“Flip That House”

http://www.aetv.com/flip_this_house/

Home & Garden offers ideas on how to organize small spaces to make them look better & neater.

Www.hgtv.com/topics/article/0,2496,HGTV_22932_4020787,00.html

I bet you can pick up lots of ideas from these shows. :)

Sandy asks…

What colors and themes go well with oak and dark green?

I am planning on moving into a pretty small apartment with my boyfriend and we’re planning on using his bedroom set which includes a nightstand and two dressers. They are oak with a dark green finish on the top. I want our bedroom to still look open and light and somewhat feminine. Too many ideas out there for dark green would make the room a cave so I need some ideas to make it look like the perfect mix of man/woman without washing out the light and space. Any ideas?

Administrator answers:

The main thing you need to do is find bedding that lightens the dark green up. See if you like any of these:

http://www3.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6E.aspx?DeptID=59474&CatID=59514&GrpTyp=ENS&ItemID=164e636&attrtype=&attrvalue=&CMID=59474|59483&Fltr=&Srt=&QL=F&IND=74&cmVirtualCat=&CmCatId=59474|59483|59514

http://www3.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6E.aspx?DeptID=59474&CatID=59514&GrpTyp=ENS&ItemID=14fa8db&attrtype=&attrvalue=&CMID=59474|59483&Fltr=&Srt=&QL=F&IND=79&cmVirtualCat=&CmCatId=59474|59483|59514

http://www3.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6E.aspx?DeptID=59474&CatID=59514&GrpTyp=ENS&ItemID=164e64d&attrtype=&attrvalue=&CMID=59474|59483&Fltr=&Srt=&QL=F&IND=116&cmVirtualCat=&CmCatId=59474|59483|59514

http://www3.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6E.aspx?DeptID=59474&CatID=59514&GrpTyp=ENS&ItemID=14626d5&attr

http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=294033&CategoryID=42305

http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=297396&CategoryID=7521

http://www.allmodern.com/Estrella-in-Pure-White-Bedding-Series-INH1397.html

http://www.allmodern.com/Amanda-Green-Duvet-Collection-BLL1173.html

http://www.allmodern.com/Cove-Cream-and-Moss-Duvet-Collection-AHM1141.html

http://www.home-decorating-co.com/croscill-hibiscus-bedding.html

I think I like the first one from Penney’s best. It’s not tooooo feminine but it will lighten up the space. If your boyfriend doesn’t like what you choose, be sure to tell him that in order for you to be happy and relaxed in the bedroom, you need to decorate it and he does want you happy in the bedroom, doesn’t he? LOL

Sandra asks…

I need the costs of two people moving in a one bed room apartment?

Ok so ill be 18 in july I plan on getting an apartment with my boyfriend we both have jobs that pay about 300 a week, He has a car I don’t We want to get a little one bedroom! So its small and comfortable, I need help on all my payments like car insurence and pkease im not looking for people to look at me and say your too young and stuff I hate when that happens thats why im on here mabe to find one person in the world who can give me some answers I mean its not like were getting married! I just wanna move into a little apartment! I need to know what the usual cost is lie i mean everything, but I want to get an apartment that makes you pay like a monthly bill of 400! where it already pays for your water electricity and stuff! Please help! It would just be me and him we live in tennessee! there are alot of cheap apartments! I just need a good idea of all the costs!

Administrator answers:

Why is this from Australia?

Anyway, you didn’t say where in Tennessee. Big difference in rent between big city and small city. Check the local newspaper or Google “apartments +(city)” to get online listings. You will need at least first and last month’s rent, and probably a security deposit to rent any apartment. Verify that utilities are included and which ones. Some do not include electricity and/or gas which would be additional charges and involve security deposits too.

Other things you need to budget for: telephone, cable, internet, furniture, cell phone, sheets, towels, pots & pans, dishes, silverware, car payments, car insurance, gas, car repairs, food, household goods (detergent, soap, deodorant, shampoo, feminine hygiene items, toothpaste), health insurance, prescription medicine, over the counter medicine (vitamins, cough syrup), and on and on.

Moving out on your own is expensive. Sit down with your boyfriend and see if you can afford it. Go shopping and see how much some of these things cost, don’t just come up with a number.

Daniel asks…

Where is a good area to live near UCF?

I’m planning to live off campus during next school year. Looking for a small one or two bedroom apartment and my min price is $650 and max willing to spend is $900.
I honestly dont want to live in any ghetto or crime filled areas.
Do i need to spend more for an area without pest and problems?
Any Apartment places I should watch out for?
Please help

Administrator answers:

Go to Oviedo…. It’s pretty nice, and about 10 minutes away. I went to UCF, but I stayed in the dorms. After I graduated I lived in Oviedo for a year before moving to Jacksonville. I liked it alot. There are also apartments down the street from the college, im not sure of the cost. I’d say try to find apartments in the Oviedo area

Mark asks…

Guest for 2 months in a one bedroom appt in MA?

I rent a 1 bedroom apartment in MA which is quiet big. Has a living room and a dining room in addition to bedroom, a small balcony. My parents,sister and her 2 young kids (4-6 yrs old) are planning to visit us for a month or two in summers. Is it OK if they stay in my appt? I don’t want to move to a bigger apt for just a month. Pls advice Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Administrator answers:

6 people in a 1 bedroom apartment is most likely a occupancy/fire code violation.

Ken asks…

What would you do in this situation with your inlaws?

I know I should probably post this in another section, but I figured some moms out there could help me out as well.

Here’s the deal-My husband’s dad and sister invited themselves out for the weekend. Plan to arrive the day after Christmas. I’m big on waiting to be invited or asking to come first, so it irked me enough that they invited themselves, but I got over it. So we changed our schedule around to make it work, but my husband told them that they would need to get a hotel, seeing that we only have a small 2 bedroom apartment and a 15 month old. Well at this point, his dad decides to tell us that my husband’s brother will also be coming and that they are absolutely not getting a hotel. So we’ll call my daughter “Sara”, we’ll call his sister “Ann” and his brother “Ryan” just so it’s a little less confusing.

He doesn’t even ask us, or suggest this, he just comes right out and says “You will HAVE to put Sara in your room, give Sara’s room to Ann, let Ryan sleep on the couch and I’ll sleep on the floor in the living room, I don’t mind. I don’t see the issue with that.”

Well I sure do! For one, my daughter will not sleep anywhere but her room, her crib. For two, she wakes up at 5 a.m. for the day and I don’t really want to be walking out into a living room of my male inlaws while I’m looking like hell to take care of her. For 3, we have a really sucky water heater, and we’re lucky if my husband and I get to both have a hot shower. FOUR adults showering, and 1 toddler bath everyday?? I don’t think so. As if that’s not enough, times are REALLY tough for us right now, we don’t have any extra food to feed all these people. We’re lucky if we have enough to buy my husband and I groceries (my daughter ALWAYS has a meal though, so no worries there). Not to mention my daughter is sick right now, I feel like I’m coming down with something and I’m not looking forward to cleaning top to bottom while I’m sick, much less entertaining while I’m sick, although I hope to be better by Friday.

My husband has a very hard time standing up to his dad, but he does feel the same way I do. He’s not being pressured by me in anyway…What would be the most tactful way to tell them that while we would like to see them, they can’t expect us to put all of them up for the weekend in our small apartment? You’d think that right there would be enough, but his dad does NOT take no for answer. He will lay out the biggest guilt trip on my husband until my husband gives in. Any advice?

Administrator answers:

There was a sentence that was given to me by someone else (I had a very similar problem this year) I suggest you learn it, because it definitely made a difference when dealing with people like this:

That’s not possible.

Enough said. You don’t have to explain it anymore than that, just say “Sorry, but that’s not possible.”

If you feel like you need to explain (which you really don’t) just say, my daughter is sick, I’m getting it, and I don’t want you to get it. Or, Sara will only sleep in her crib, that’s her bed, and I’m not comfortable with her sleeping in our bed (safety issues). Or you could say that your water system isn’t enough to support 5 adults, and 1 child bathing/showering each day. Or just plain and simple we don’t have the room. However, if you just leave it at that’s just not possible, you’ll be better off, so they don’t try and make excuses.

How you approach this is you call over there, not your husband, and say “John (or whatever his name is) said you guys could come, and we’re looking forward to it, but he was unaware at the time of some other arrangements that we had, so you guys are welcome to come, but staying here is just not possible, I’m sorry”. That’s the end.

EDIT:
The reason I said you should call and not your husband is it is easier to talk your own child into doing something, than it is their spouse. Trust me, when my parents want us to do something they call me, because it’s harder for me to say no to them than my husband and vice versa, when my husband’s parents want something they call him.

However, if you think your husband could deliver that line and stay firm, then he could do it.

Donna asks…

What would you do if your inlaws put you in this situation?

I know I should probably post this in another section, but I figured some moms out there could help me out as well.

Here’s the deal-My husband’s dad and sister invited themselves out for the weekend. Plan to arrive the day after Christmas. I’m big on waiting to be invited or asking to come first, so it irked me enough that they invited themselves, but I got over it. So we changed our schedule around to make it work, but my husband told them that they would need to get a hotel, seeing that we only have a small 2 bedroom apartment and a 15 month old. Well at this point, his dad decides to tell us that my husband’s brother will also be coming and that they are absolutely not getting a hotel. So we’ll call my daughter “Sara”, we’ll call his sister “Ann” and his brother “Ryan” just so it’s a little less confusing.

He doesn’t even ask us, or suggest this, he just comes right out and says “You will HAVE to put Sara in your room, give Sara’s room to Ann, let Ryan sleep on the couch and I’ll sleep on the floor in the living room, I don’t mind. I don’t see the issue with that.”

Well I sure do! For one, my daughter will not sleep anywhere but her room, her crib. For two, she wakes up at 5 a.m. for the day and I don’t really want to be walking out into a living room of my male inlaws while I’m looking like hell to take care of her. For 3, we have a really sucky water heater, and we’re lucky if my husband and I get to both have a hot shower. FOUR adults showering, and 1 toddler bath everyday?? I don’t think so. As if that’s not enough, times are REALLY tough for us right now, we don’t have any extra food to feed all these people. We’re lucky if we have enough to buy my husband and I groceries (my daughter ALWAYS has a meal though, so no worries there). Not to mention my daughter is sick right now, I feel like I’m coming down with something and I’m not looking forward to cleaning top to bottom while I’m sick, much less entertaining while I’m sick, although I hope to be better by Friday.

My husband has a very hard time standing up to his dad, but he does feel the same way I do. He’s not being pressured by me in anyway…What would be the most tactful way to tell them that while we would like to see them, they can’t expect us to put all of them up for the weekend in our small apartment? You’d think that right there would be enough, but his dad does NOT take no for answer. He will lay out the biggest guilt trip on my husband until my husband gives in. Any advice?

Administrator answers:

Have your husband read my words. MAN-UP, your not a little boy anymore. Sure, it sucks standing up to our parents. We love them, they raised us and you feel guilty telling them NO but thats what has to be done. Thats what being a “man” is about at times..doing things we don’t like to do because its RIGHT and needed.

William asks…

How to kick my finances father out of the house?

Okay my fiance and I are planning to get married and move on with out lives together. I have been with him for 9 years, since I was 14 and recently I moved in with him and things are going great but there is just one problem, his dad. His dad is 68 years old and has just sponsored a woman from overseas to America and she is living with us. She is 48 and has never met his dad face to face before upon her arrival. We are sickened that he would bring a stranger into the home and plans to give her a green card. We have been all living together in a two bedroom apartment for the past month and get a sense that she is using him, only for the green card. The apartment deed is only in my fiancé name but the mortgage is under my fiancé and his dad, his dad co signed for him. The bills are all paid by my fiancé as well so his dad and the woman is living rent free. We have give. Him an ultimatum of 1 to 3 months to find their own place but his dad said that hell leave after she gets the green card because he can’t afford to live anywhere but to rent a basement or something like that. So basically he just guilt tripped my fiancé… We really don’t believe he’ll leave and can’t stand living with them because the apartment is too small for 4 people, only 1 bathroom. What can we do to kick her and his dad out? There is no talking sense to the old man anymore he refuses to listen to us regarding his woman.

Also my question is how long does the process usually take for her to get the green card, I think she came in through b1 and his dad is a us citizen? We live in ny

Administrator answers:

Nothing you can do to kick him out. If you want him out, you’ll have to get the mortgage out of his name, your fiance will have to get his own mortgage for the apartment.
As for the green card, that could take some time, especially if they suspect this is a fraud marriage, which it obviously is. He is going to have to prove he earns enough to support her in order to get her a green card and convince immigration that it is a legitimate marriage. The fact that they didn’t meet before this is a red flag. He didn’t sponsor her yet if she came on a B1, that is a tourist visa.
Of course she is using him for a green card, if he can’t see that, there isn’t much you can do.

Betty asks…

How many dogs are too many for a small two bedroom apartment?

I don’t have any dogs in an apartment or anything, I was just curious to hear your opinions.

Administrator answers:

It really does depend on the size of the Apt. You can have a couple big dogs if you exercise them regularly.

I have several animals and i live in a trailer. 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rats, a hamster, a lizard, a frog, and a turtle. One dog is a Rottweiler and he is walked everyday. My Mini Pin recently broke his leg so he dont do much of anything at the moment.

So really its up to you if you plan on exercising them or not and so on.

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