5 Signs that You Could Find a Better Rental House
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Have you ever lived in a rental house that made you miserable? Maybe the doors didn't hang straight, or the plumbing was always leaky. Perhaps the house is poorly maintained, very old, or the room design just felt wrong. But these aren't just little annoyances you deal with as part of being an adult. Your at-home experience is critical to your ability to relax between work shifts, to enjoy yourself, and to live efficiently.
So sometimes, moving is the best thing you can do for your own health and happiness. Even if it's just moving a few blocks away. But when you start feeling like any house would be better than the house you're currently renting: You're probably right! And there's likely already another rental house available nearby that you could start making plans for right away.
Let's look at 5 signs that you'd be much better off in a different rental house.
Maintenance is a Constant Part of Your Life
One of the theoretical luxuries of a rental house is that you're not responsible for repairs. The place should be kept in good condition by default with you responsible only for little things like the scuffs and nail holes you create. But that's not always how things work out. Some renters find themselves in an aging and under-maintained house where everything seems to break in little ways all the time.
The handles come off the cabinets, the faucets drip, and doors don't latch quite right or the circuits are always breaking. If you're constantly facing the need to maintain or repair, then trust us: there are easier rental houses to live in. And nothing is holding you in place.
Your Allergies Act Up at Home
Are your allergies worse at home than they are anywhere else? This isn't some mystical 'being allergic to your house' allergy. That's old allergens or possibly even hidden mold aggravating your sinuses every moment you stay in the house. So, it's no wonder if you also can't get good sleep or always feel stressed out at home.
Allergies at home are a bad sign in a rental house. At best, it means your landlord hasn't changed the air filter in years. At worst, it could mean that the house is sick with mold and you're responding to the toxic spores in the air. You deserve a clean rental house where you can breathe freely during your relaxation hours at home.
Your Landlord Doesn't Respond to Requests
There are also many renters who must deal with maintenance and repair issues on their own. Or live in a house with broken features for weeks or months before the landlord gets around to fulfilling requests. If you've got an absentee or reluctant landlord, then you're probably making do with more than a few problems with the rental house. But you don't need to. Most landlords are responsible. So, if you wound up with a bad one, it's easy to simply change houses to one with a more cooperative and responsive landlord.
Your Rooms are Inconveniently Arranged
Sometimes, there's nothing wrong with the house or the landlord's work. You just realize after a few months that you hate the way the rooms are arranged. Maybe the bathroom door takes up the whole hallway when open. Or you can't see from the kitchen to the living room, which drives you nuts. Or there are just too many walls making half a dozen tiny, unwelcoming rooms.
There are all sorts of preferences for home layout and you're not stuck where you are right now. Whether you want an open kitchen, bigger bedrooms, or just something better; you can find it.
You Hate Looking at the Walls
Or maybe you have simply grown to hate the house you currently live in. This could be anything from a horrifying paint color to bad memories from a recent breakup. But if you feel sick every time you look at your own rental walls... why are you renting a place that you hate? At the end of your current lease, nothing is stopping you from finding another place. Because if you've started hating the walls, anywhere is better here.
You Can Just Move to a Different House
The most important thing for renters to remember is that you're not as rooted as you feel. If you like your town, your job, even your neighborhood but hate the house: you have options! Remember that in even the smallest town, there are always a few available rental houses. Or rental houses that can be available by the time your current lease is up. You have options and moving isn't as much of a problem as you might think. With the assistance of helpful moving company, you can quickly and affordably move all your things a few blocks away to a house you like a lot more than the one you're currently living in.
Would you be happier in another rental house nearby instead of the one you're living in now? Only you can know that. But if you do decide to move, A-1 Freeman Moving Group has your back. Our expert moving team will happily help you enact a local change of scene. A change for the better.
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