7 Signs It's Time to Move Out of Your Apartment

By Brittany Loeffler on June 11, 2018

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The beauty of renting is that you can easily move out of your apartment for any number of reasons. The only thing tying you down to an apartment you don’t like is your lease. Once your lease is up, you are free to move out of your apartment and find one that better suits your needs.

There are many reasons to move out of your apartment. As you grow up your needs and wants change. The apartment you rented in college won’t meet your needs when you are in your late twenties. You may not even realize that it’s time for a change, so here are some signs that it’s time to move out of your apartment.

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Your Rent Increases

Depending on where you live, your landlord could choose to increase your rent if you decide to renew your lease. You may live right in the heart of an up and coming neighborhood where property values are increasing drastically and your landlord wants to keep up with the market. Your landlord isn’t obligated to give you the same rent price as they did when you first leased the apartment. They are allowed to raise it if you renew your lease.

If your budget can’t keep up with the new rent increase, it’s time to move out of your apartment and look for one that fits in your budget. It isn’t worth going into financial trouble to stay in your apartment.

Your Income Increases

Maybe you were just hired for a new job or you received a big raise and can afford to spend more money on rent than you were before. It doesn’t hurt to shop around for a bigger or better apartment if you have extra cash to spend. You may find an apartment that you like better that contains more amenities than your current apartment.

The best rule of thumb when budgeting is to spend up to 30% of your monthly income on rent. So, if you find that you can afford to spend more, it may be time to move out of your apartment.

You’re Bored of the Neighborhood

After living in a neighborhood for a while you may start to feel bored with it. Sometimes something becomes too familiar and mundane that you need a change of scenery. Maybe there is a hot new neighborhood in your city that all of your friends are drawn to. Or you want a quieter or more lively neighborhood than where you live now.

It’s okay to want a change of scenery. Since you are only renting, you have the freedom to move as you wish without worrying about selling a property. It’s important to try different locations until you find the perfect one for you.

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You’ve Grown Out of Your Apartment

You’ll find that you need different things in different stages of your life. In college, the most important feature of your apartment may be a big bedroom where you can study. In your mid to late twenties, you may prefer having a large living area and spacious kitchen rather than a large bedroom.

Or maybe you’ve accumulated too many things in your apartment that it’s uncomfortable now and it’s time to move somewhere it a little more space. Just like how people grow out of clothes and interests, it’s possible to grow out of your apartment.

If you feel that you have different wants and needs that your current place doesn’t fulfill, it’s probably time to move out of your apartment.

You Have a Bad Landlord

It’s not uncommon to rent from a bad landlord, otherwise known as a slumlord. Most of the time you can’t tell if a landlord will be good or not until you’ve already signed the lease and moved in. If you find that your landlord doesn’t repair appliances when you need, enters the apartment without notice, or anything else, don’t be afraid to find a new place.

When searching for your next home, make sure to do your research. Use Whose Your Landlord to read reviews of landlords from past tenants and neighborhood profiles.


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Roommate Issues

Roommates can make or break an apartment experience. If roommate issues arise and fail to be worked out throughout your lease, it’s okay to move out. You don’t want to jeopardize your happiness because you have bad roommates. If you find that you can’t live with your roommates anymore, it’s time to move out of your apartment and find new roommates or try living on your own.

You See a Better Deal

In your spare time browsing the Internet you may notice a beautiful apartment for rent in a location you’ve always wanted to live for the same price or lower than your current apartment. It’s almost too good to be true! If the end of your lease matches up with this new, dream apartment, pounce on it! This is a sign from the universe that it’s time to move out of your apartment.

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By Brittany Loeffler

Uloop Writer
Brittany is a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing at Temple University. After growing up in a very rural part of Pennsylvania, she found her calling in the streets of the big city of Philadelphia. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading, movies, baking, and photography.

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