I recently moved to North Carolina from the state of Pennsylvania. I moved here because the job market is much better in North Carolina than it is in most of PA. I was in danger of being evicted from my apartment, so I moved back into my mom’s house here in Charlotte.
While it’s really nice that my mom is letting me live with her, I need to start looking for apartments in Charlotte NC and get out of her house. It’s hard as an adult to move back in with your parents. I’m used to having the freedom to do what I want, when I want, without having to justify it to anyone. Now I have to explain where I’m going whenever I leave the house and tell my parents if I’m going to be out late. It’s like being a teenager again.
I’m not sure yet whether I’m going to look for a one-bedroom apartment and try to manage on my own, or if I should look for a bigger place and split it with a roommate or roommates. It’s cheaper to live with someone else and split the rent 50/50 – two bedroom apartments are never twice as expensive as one bedroom places. But then I have to share my space with a roommate, and sharing the space is exactly the problem I’m having while living with my mom.
I have a job right in the downtown part of the city, so I need to look at apartments in Charlotte NC that are close to downtown. Unfortunately, like any city, the apartments in downtown Charlotte are more expensive than the apartments that are further out.
In North Carolina, there are plenty of places where apartments and rental homes are extremely cheap but they are far from any metropolitan area and the services provided there. I like being close to the grocery store and similar shopping options, and I also like knowing that the hospital is pretty close if something should happen.
If I were to choose to move out to the more rural areas surrounding Charlotte, I would end up with a much longer commute. That’s harder on my car and runs the risk of me living out in the country somewhere with a broken-down vehicle and no way to get to work or run errands. That’s a situation I’d like to avoid.
So, instead, I’m narrowing my search to apartments that are within a 15 minute drive of my job. I don’t get paid enough to justify driving further than that, really. I value my time and don’t want to waste it driving all over creation just to get a slightly cheaper apartment.
I’m looking at private rentals rather than corporate ones. They are generally cheaper to get into, with a smaller security deposit, and they are easier to pass the checks for. I’ve never met a private landlord who ran a credit check, for example; it’s totally different from a background check (which I would pass) and an extra expense most landlords don’t want.apartments in charlotte nc