We were making our new budget, and the rent increase was not sustainable. We needed to move a little further outside of the urban area to get a lower lease rate. I had no idea how much less you could pay and how much more you could get out of an apartment by just getting out of those apartment buildings in the city. We were looking at apartments in far North Dallas, and we found a place that had bigger rooms and even a private balcony in a place where we could afford the monthly lease.
I could not believe how much less we could pay and get more. This place had a pool and everything. We were able to get a two bedroom place for less than we were paying at our old apartment. We toured the place, and everything was up to our specifications. We liked the location, the landscaping is mature, the apartment has good AC and ceiling fans and there were big closets. The kitchen is nice with new appliances, and there are washer and dryer hookups too.
I wish we would have revisited our annual budget months ago. We could have moved and bought out our lease and still saved a few bucks or at least broke even. I like the new place a whole lot more. We not only have a balcony, it is a private balcony. I’m telling you, that is a luxury to me. Not having all of that metro noise is another benefit. We have a carport to park in, and there are night patrols for protection and peace of mind. We had none of that in the city. There is controlled access here too. At our old apartment the entrance locks were mostly nonfunctional. It is much nicer here, and we are saving money on rent every month.