Even though I have only lived in a grand total of two apartments, I have learned that a lot of conveniences can be missing in an apartment that you might not notice on a walk through. Here are 5 important items missing from apartments.
On a walk through you are usually excited to see a new place, new view, and more. Maybe you’re caught up in the fact that it is a one-bedroom instead of two, meaning no roommate. While there are not many choices for apartments around the college I am at, I now know for the future to look for these missing items that I lack now.
Personally, I thought garbage disposals had been around for a long time, apparently not. Moving into my new apartment, which is 10 years older than my last apartment I do not have a garbage disposal. You may think that’s not bad at least you have a dishwasher. However, think about it for a second. You make a casserole and after quite a few days have passed, it is no longer edible and you want to throw it. Well, normally you would put it down the garbage disposal.
Without a garbage disposal you must scoop it into a grocery sack and put it in your garbage. All right, that doesn’t sound too bad. Remember though, this apartment is 10 years older than the 6-year-old apartment I moved out of so the AC unit does not work too well. This means the apartment gets hot, and the food begins to smell and then you come home to a smelly apartment and cat! While it is no problem for a year, it will be something I look for in future apartments to save on not taking out my trash every other day.
Difference between “Window” AC unit vs. Central Air
In my apartment I have this huge AC unit that sits in my living room below the window and has a vent to the outside. However, window units are meant to cool mainly the room they are in or an area of the room if it is a large room. If I sit in the living room, I feel cool and sometimes cold; however, my kitchen, which opens into the living room, is extremely hot.
Anything that can melt will melt so if I have m&ms in a trail mix I must store it in the fridge. Seems odd but I don’t like melted m&ms and cold nuts aren’t too bad. The same goes for my bedroom and bathroom, my clothes feel like they are coming out of the dryer every day. This prompted me to get a portable AC unit with a window kit for my bedroom so I wouldn’t sweat at night.
In my old apartment they had a central air system, which had a thermostat allowing you to choose your temperature. If you wanted it at 60 degrees in your entire apartment when it was 90 degrees outside it would handle it easily and you would feel it throughout every area in the apartment.
However, both are livable, just with a sun setting facing apartment and a kitty who is a princess about her cool air, it is something I will look at more closely in the future.
This tends to be the more common item missing in older apartments and easily fixable; however, the struggle I have run into is thinking I don’t use ice. Moving into an apartment without an ice maker seemed like no problem since I could just buy an ice tray, but did I ever actually get that ice tray? To be frank no I didn’t and I still haven’t because every time I am at the store and see one my thought is, “When do I use ice?”
The problem is I always need ice when I don’t have it. Making smoothies or protein shakes I like to add some ice but of course I never actually bought an ice tray. So while I do not use ice that often having an ice tray would be nice for the cases that I happen to.
Outlets next to the couch and bed
This piece of advice is something I have always heard but never actually thought about. I mean who wouldn’t put outlets by the couch and bed? Well in older and some newer ones the lack of outlets is astonishing to me.
My last two apartments both came with a bed and couch and typically there are only one to two spots to put them. So it beats me why the only outlet in my bedroom is next to my closet. Do they think I am going to put my bed in front of the closet? So I have had to be creative and weave a 15-foot extension cord around my room “eloquently” as to not trip over it in the middle of the night.
This may seem like a small thing and it is, but when you move from one apartment to another, you do not want to have to buy all new stuff just to fit a new place. Instead, you want your current items to fit. My trashcan is on wheels, which means it will not fit under the sink, unless you have a real tall cabinet under the sink. Finding somewhere to place my trashcan proved to be difficult, as I did not want to get rid of my nice trashcan with a lid to keep my kitty out of it.
Eventually, it ended up right next to the front door. A perfect little spot until the trash needs to be taken out then you get a big whiff of it walking through the door. Looking at the apartment in comparison to the items you already have can save you money from having to buy new items, which who doesn’t want to save money during a move.
While some of you may think I am complaining about missing such luxuries in my apartment, truly they do not upset me, instead they humor me every day. As I have lived in two apartments now, I enjoy learning through experience what to look for in the future or what I like in apartments, these tips are a way to help you think before signing a lease.