If you needed to move

@winterose (39931)
Canada
November 9, 2008 10:51am CST
I am in a position right now that I can no longer continue to pay this rent that I have, the trouble is I am having trouble finding anything cheaper. I have been struggling for 3 years now with a rent that is higher than my income literally. So I am looking for a cheaper place. If it was you, how much cheaper what you be willing to leave your present place for? here is what I have to consider, moving and reinstallation charges bottom vs second or third floor ( I can hardly walk) back yard, I don't want one, too sick to take care of the lawn, I thought I might have found one today, it was 21 cheaper than where I live now, and the paper said heated and electricity was included, that would have been a godsend because I have to pay mine now so that would have been 21 pluse 150 a month saved in heating and lights, only it turned out to be a typo so it is back down to only 21 a month and I would still have to take care of a lawn that I cannot physically do. My son and I talked it over and then decided not to jump at it and be forced to move again sometime down the line. We are hoping something better will come along. My son said not to jump at the first thing we see and make a rush decision especially since it didn't turn out to be what was advertised in the paper. what would be the criteria for you to move if you had to?
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• United States
12 Nov 08
ugh that is a hard one!! i know i jumped on a place because i desperately needed something years ago and jumped into a years lease with a place that the whole thing was a wreck and as soon as we moved in everything broke and they wouldnt fix anything!! we had to call the people that handle renters rights and threaten all kinds of things it was horrible!! so the cheap rent there wasnt worth having a kitchen sink collapse.. some of the siding of the house falling off and hitting the house.. a mold problem.. leaks.. etc etc.. so if you do find a place try to ask people about it or do a search or contact the better business bureau if its a business etc.. honestly some times even when i try to find a way to save money it ends up better to have not (if and when possible.. i know you are really hurting so i can understand if you think its insane of me to have just said that) because the short term benefit wont equal the money saved.. like if you got cheaper rent but had farther to drive or had to go to the laundry mat etc
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
13 Nov 08
I don;t have any of the issues you brought up, I do need a cheaper rent though and I have to look to find something.
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• United States
13 Nov 08
maybe a trailer or rv park? i know people usually snub their noses at those but some just have a flat fee for everything and some arent bad.. just depends on where you are located at..
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
10 Nov 08
well with moving 700 times in 35 years I would say look for what is cheaper no lawn maybe a town house where they take care of the grounds but then that would nt work for the one we lived in bedrooms were on the top floor. My sis in law lives in a place that takes care of every thing and dont pay much is nice and clean and has most of her own things with her , She is on 3rd floor but they have an elevator and I do beleive it is like a section 8 place but very very clean and only people above 50 lives there. you just have to keep looking something is sure to come up. took us over a year to find this house and we had to have trees in the yard to help shade so hubby could get outside and not be downed by the heat here.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
11 Nov 08
today the pressure is not as high I just got a raise as they transferred my disability to a different division so I can afford to live here if I want to.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
11 Nov 08
thats cool wtg!
@chertsy (3817)
• United States
10 Nov 08
For us to up and leave for a lower price would have to be 300 dollars less than what we pay now. That wouldn't even matter because we would have to go through the hassle of selling our home. I wish I knew what I knew then, what I know now, I wouldn't have gotten a home that's a two story. Mowing the lawn can be a chore, sometimes it's ok, depends on how tall the grass has gotten. It's nearly impossible to find a home that the landlord will pay for nearly everything. Here you might find one that offers free water and internet, if your lucky. I have looked around a real estate site for Canada, and I was shocked at the houses going for really high prices. There was a trailer, that wasn't a double, just a plain sized trailer, going for a higher price than what we paid for our house. All I can say, you and your son, will still be in my prayers, I believe God doesn't want you taking the first thing that you see. If so, you will regret when you come across a place that's cheaper and offers the things you need for free.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
10 Nov 08
thank you my sweet friend.
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@chertsy (3817)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Your welcome, my dear friend.
• United States
9 Nov 08
I'm not sure what I would do in that situation. Moving can be expensive and deposits and things for utilities , etc. when moving can add up quickly. I think rather than moving, I would try to find another way to supplement my income to be able to afford to stay where I was rather than coming up with the money to move.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
if you could in your case that is great in my case I do write but it does not bring in enough money, and I am disabled and cannot work outside the home. I have been struggling here for three years and I know the answer is a cheaper place and now for the first time I am going to see if I can get one, because I am tired of struggling and never having enough money.
• United States
9 Nov 08
I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I wish you the best of luck in your seach for a new home.
@bdugas (3584)
• United States
9 Nov 08
I would be looking for a bigger place. We are in this 2 bedroom apartment, and my hubby says I have too much junk. I do not I have what it takes to make a home. Flowers, pictures, etc. But I have a friend that was recently forced to move out of her beautiful that she had paid for, (she lived in a new trailer) and they kept raising the rent on the lot till she could not pay it, when she got behind, and they let her on purposes, they finally bought the trailer for way less than she gave for it. Then they turned around and talked her into giving then most of the money back for a years lot rent. Well the year was up in April and she still couldn't afford it, so she had to let them have the trailer and find another place. The place she got because of income, is horrible, I pray to God each night to please never make me have to live in such a place, it is tiny, on the second floor and she has no light or plug in in the bathroom, her toliet doesn't flush, her heat is paid but the land lord controls it in the basement,sometimes you go there and all her windows up cause the furnace is going full blast. When she pays her rent she has about $10. to live on for the next 2 weeks. Do you have where you live government housing, what I mean by that is where it is based on your income. You pay a certain amount according to what you get in pay each month. Here we are on HUD and we pay only $209. out of the $565. the rent is each month. And we still can't live, I call it surviving cause it sure isn't living. We have a nice place, but when you used to living in a big house, and you move to a apartment, there is never enough room. It would have to be on the first floor as I can't carry groceries and such up steps. Too bad that was a typo it would have saved you some good bit of money. YOu know I never wanted to be rich, just to have enough to live on through the month and pay my bills. I have a feeling a lot of people are going to be relocating to cheaper and smaller before this is over.
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@bdugas (3584)
• United States
9 Nov 08
i understand that there is about 200 on the list here, we got on it because we came from a disaster with the hurricane and was put right at the top. We can not afford to pay regular rent as our check is small. But I know if I ever get off I won't be able to get back on. MY husband wants me to give it up and go back to La and try to find something, but it is the same everywhere with the waiting list and I would not be coming from losing my home, so think I will stay put for a while.
• United States
11 Nov 08
For me, I need my new place to have most of the things I have now but in a smaller, cheaper place. I need a microwave and AC.Have you tried Craigslist? When get to this site, you can type in the amount you are willing to pay and they will show you all they have.Good Luck.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
11 Nov 08
yes I am on all the major sites for appartments in montreal
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@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
10 Nov 08
It has enough room for our needs. That the place is in a good locality. A safe area without crime. It depends on the location on my place of work too. Finally the price of the rent. That is the turning point whether I will take a place or not. © ronaldinu 2008
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
11 Nov 08
all good points for sure
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
10 Nov 08
i would move into an apartment if i had a chance in a heart beat but my hubby and 2 daughters would hate it. it would mean much less space to clean and not as much to worry about. i would just be happy with a one bedroom as long as i had my craft stuff and my computer! i wouldnt care because i cannot walk that much but it would be nice if it had no bugs! lol best of luck!
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
11 Nov 08
I totally understand,
@riyasam (16582)
• India
10 Nov 08
daughter - my naughty daughter beneath her sweet disposition.
i had to move from the home which we owned to my in-laws place.i really did not have much choice.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
11 Nov 08
I know that is really tough when it happens
@gracie04 (4556)
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
i have plans of moving too.. our rent and electricity bills are pricey.. the space isn't big enough for two people, association dues are unacceptable and there have been robbery incidents happened here..yay! i wanted to transfer to a low-cost one bedroom condo unit with reasonable associated dues, complete amenities and facilities and accessible to establishments..
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
10 Nov 08
good luck I hope that you can find one.
@GhostCat (313)
• United States
10 Nov 08
When I was in my 20s and 30s I loved to move and did so ever couple of years or so. As I got older, it became more of a chore and I needed much more reason to move. Now I am disabled and have a fixed income, although my husband is still working and I find moving and even the thought of moving a real chore. We did move last summer after considering it for almost two years. We moved so we could be close enough to my husband's work so he can walk to work and we will not have to spend as much money on fuel. It would have been difficult to find housing that was less expensive than what we were paying at our old residence. We would have had to have moved much further away from where he worked to find cheaper housing. I am with you though, I would not move until I found the perfect place at the perfect price. Moving is expensive both monetarily, emotionally and physically and I would not waste the expense until you have the right place. I wish you good luck in your search. My thoughts and prays will be with you.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
10 Nov 08
thank you hon for completely understanding, very few people here seem to. And of course I understand your situation as well.
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
10 Nov 08
In Kentucky where I live we have apartments for people on a fixed or low income and it also helps them out alot since they don't have to pay much at all just a percentage of their income. I wish they had that their were you live. I am sorry to hear that you were unable to find a place cheaper it is tough especially with deposits and first month rent and also the transfer fees or reconnection fees it can add up to a good lump sum that can make it hard for a person for the first several months after the move. Is there any assistance at all that would be able to help you pay your rent? Well I am rooting for you whatever you decide. To stay or go.
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
10 Nov 08
It would have to be just as nice as the home I live in right now and it would have to be alot cheaper. I would hoe that I could get some eace there also.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
10 Nov 08
I understand.
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
10 Nov 08
I know how you must feel. I am unemployed and my landlord is aware of my situation and he raised my rent this month. I am under a lease and I guess if I broke it I would be penalized. I have thought the same as you, I can not afford to live where I am and it is hard to find anything cheaper. I have that problem in trying to find a job, people are always saying well any job is better than nothing, but if the job does not even pay enough to pay your rent, what good is it. I can not move now because of the lease, but if I decided to, I would want to find a place at least $300.00 cheaper, with heat and gas and electric included. That would still be more than I can afford now, but better because I would be paying $300.00 per month less on rent and I would be able to eliminate an electric bill and gas bill. I do not pay for heat now, but I wouldn't want to move somewhere that I have to pay for heat.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
10 Nov 08
I have to pay everything here, it is a struggle all the time, maybe I will not be able to move and have to stay here, I just wish I could find something cheaper though. I understand you situation completely having been there myself.
@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
10 Nov 08
If I had to move rather quickly, the main criteria would be for me to be in a house or townhouse with my own laundry hookups. I have a washer and dryer and 3 boys... I can't imagine having to use coin machines. For your situation, have you considered going to a women's shelter? You could put your things into storage, and then the women's shelter could help you find a place. Being there would also give you access to more services than you have available to you now. You might even be bumped on the list to get a geared to income apartment... how amazing would that be?? :)
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
10 Nov 08
women's shelter do not to that here, no I am on the list for low income it is a 15 year wait and my son is disabled he lives with me too, neither of us can live on our own we can't afford it.
@Lindalinda (4116)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
If I could not afford the rent, if it would put me in the hole every month I would move. As it is I am not disabled but also on a fixed income. I own my condo but the fees go up every year and so do the taxes. So the extra money outlay has to come from my discretionary income which is not much. Careful shopping for groceries no expensive gifts for the family at birthdays and Christmas, no expensive trips, very few restaurant meals, no fast food fill in the deficit. One thing about your situation I don't understand is the fact that your son lives with you. Does he not have the means to contribute financially? If the backyard is a problem can he not take care of it? Are there any community programs that would help you out. As you know I live in Ontario and High School students in this Province must amass a certain amount of hours in community service before they are allowed to graduate. A friend of mine is in her 80ties and has a backyard. This year a young fellow under the community service program came to take care of the leaves and hopefully will take care of the snow. She does not have to pay him, just certify the hours that he spent, although I am sure she gives him a little pocket money.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
10 Nov 08
there is isn't any in quebec we have looked, he lives with me because we are both disabled, neither one of us can afford to live on our own. we dont eat out, or buy gifts for people, we don't even buy the thigns we need for ourselves because we cannot afford it. everything goes into paying the bills,
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
9 Nov 08
i am so sorry to hear that you are in such a not so good position at the moment... for me, i already own my own house at the moment and am struggling to pay the mortgage as well... but thank God that so far i and my hubby can still manage because both of us have a full time job... anyway, i wish you all the best and good luck in finding a new place... hopefully you will be able to find one that suits you soon... take care and have a nice day...
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
thanks so much hon
• United States
9 Nov 08
That is a difficult situation to be in. Rent is expensive even if you are not on a limited income... My grandmother moved in with my aunt. But to keep your independence you can't live with others. I wished that I had a good solution. Prayer and a miracle is what you need. I have seen miracles happen in tough situations.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
yes hon you are absolutely right prayer and a miracle is what I need.
@murderistic (2280)
• United States
9 Nov 08
From what I have seen, inner-city houses and apartments are considerably cheaper than those in the suburbs. Not sure where you live, but that is something to consider. Also, look into which counties use which electric companies, and compare their rates. You could also consider moving into a house with roommates, I did this and paid around $250 a month for rent + utilities and I had my own room and a full shared kitchen and living room. I suggest checking craigslist for the best deals.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
roommates are not an option for many reasons, the electricity is the same all across quebec and the lower rentals have waiting lists that are years long I am on the waiting list
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
9 Nov 08
Have you considered looking for a roommate? I know it's hard adjusting to having someone around like that if you're not used to it but it really can help! I got a roommate once when I was renting a house. I was barely able to pay the bills but, after she moved in, I was actually SAVING money! She liked her privacy as well so it worked out great!
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
nope roommates don't work for me, I would need an even bigger place and when they leave I am stuck with the rent and that is a big nightmare I will not enter.