I simply didn’t expect the terrible design and lack of any forethought that was put into this unit’s layout
It’s incredibly frustrating trying to find apartments to rent when you’re working with a limited income. Often you’ll find something perfect right outside your budget or you finally compromise on something below par to end the search only to have the property snatched away by someone else at the last second. You have to be aggressive and vigilant if you ever hope to compete with renters who are desperate and bite at anything the second they find something of remote interest. When I saw my current apartment on internet rental searches, I wasn’t particularly impressed with what I saw in the ad—one bedroom, one bathroom, everything original with no remodelling since its 1980s build date, and a price that didn’t match the pitfalls and undesirable location of the property. But I was fearing another potential month or two of indefinite home searches so I pulled the trigger on the apartment, knowing the HVAC system would need immediate work and not completely sure if I was happy with my future home. I simply didn’t expect the terrible design and lack of any forethought that was put into this unit’s layout. There is a single utility closet that houses the air handler and the stackable washer and dryer. The convenience of having it all in one place isn’t worth the stress the dryer puts the air conditioner through as it fills the closet with hot air during times both machines are running. The air conditioner has to operate on a longer cycle to reach the same temperature setting as a result, needlessly raising my electricity bill every single month simultaneously.