So you’ve looked and looked for the perfect apartment (or you lucked out and inherited a room in a friend’s space, in which case everyone is jealous of you and you better appreciate it), and finally signed the lease!
As stressful as it was to move and unpack, you finally did it. Congrats. Hopefully you got a few housewarming gifts along the way.
But now that you’re settled, you’re beginning to notice a few of the less agreeable points of the apartment: the floors creak, the doors squeak, the built-in closet rack isn’t tall enough for your boots, the communal coat closet is full of your new roommate’s garbage… Problems with any apartment situation can be endless.
You may still be looking at listings, thinking of finding a bigger, cheaper space in your dream neighborhood. But guess what, you’re stuck! Unlike buyer’s remorse when you can return an ill-advised shopping spree for a store credit, you’re pretty much locked into your lease. Plus, who really wants to move again? Chances are, the problems you’re having here you’d have anywhere, or even worse ones, so don’t panic.
Take these three steps and see if you don’t start feeling better:
1. Make a list of anything you’re dissatisfied with and see what you can fix. Many landlords or supers can help with broken items, anything that seems unsafe or undesirable, while a small investment in a new piece of furniture or upholstery can solve decorative or storage problems.
2. Stop looking at listings! You’ve probably become accustomed to checking Craigslist or your realtor’s site everyday, but you’re done. If you have a real estate obsession (understandable), try looking totally out of your price range, or even out of your city, to prevent any bad feelings.
3. If your remorse stems from a roommate issue—try and nail down what exactly is bothering you. People change, and you’ll probably adjust to your new living situation as well, but sometimes you may have to accept some flaws. If she chats on the phone loudly at night, you can suggest she keep it down, or if her hair clogs the drain, you can suggest a cleaning schedule, but sometimes people just aren’t apt to cooperate and you have learn to live with them. Also consider that maybe you are not a perfect roommate, either.
Check out our other roommate posts for advice for dealing with difficult roommates, but remember to appreciate your space and feel confident that you made the right choice!
And if it’s really that terrible, there’s always subletting….