Living in an apartment can save you money and be a great social experience. However, it comes with its problems. Avoid and overcome them with these handy tips.
Sharing Laundry Facilities
Many apartment buildings have shared laundry facilities. Although this is great for saving space in your apartment, it can be difficult sharing with neighbours. Some will remove your clothes from the washer or dryer if you leave them just one minute too long. And others will leave their own clothes for hours. To help you come, be as efficient as you can with your own laundry. Be in the laundry room five minutes before your cycle ends so you can be faster than the person with no patience. But don’t be scared to remove clothes that are taking up a machine you need to use if they have been there for a long time. Just be polite about it and put them in a basket or into a spare dryer – don’t just dump them on the floor.
Having Parcels Delivered
Having parcels delivered is already difficult when you work full-time. It’s sometimes possible to ask a parcel delivery service to leave a package with the neighbours. However, you need to make sure they’re at home. When you live in a flat or apartment, it’s even more difficult to have a package delivered. This is because the courier often can’t come straight to your front door. Many apartment buildings only have small mailboxes downstairs. To get around this, you may have to take time off work or use a service that will deliver outside of 9-5 hours. You can also have things delivered to work or to a friend’s house.
Dealing with noisy neighbours is one of the perils of apartment living, but don’t forget that it can happen in houses too. The best way to deal with noise in the beginning is to be direct and polite. Confront your neighbours to ask if there’s anything they can do to keep it down. With some things, such as children or someone practicing an instrument, you may be able to come to a compromise. You need to accept that some noise is inevitable. Crying babies, for example, can’t be silenced and don’t work on a schedule.
If the noise is preventable (e.g. loud music or shouting) but your neighbour refuses to work with you, you can make a complaint. This might be to the building supervisor, or the authority responsible for noise control in your area. Write down when and how long you experience the noise and how it is affecting your life, so you have a record.
When you rent an apartment you don’t always get assigned a parking space. This means you can waste time looking for somewhere to park and sometimes non-residents might park in spaces for the building. Some buildings won’t have a garage, and some won’t have anywhere to park at all. To avoid these problems, try to find an apartment with assigned spaces in a garage. Otherwise, give yourself extra time to find a space or rent a parking spot nearby.