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Why You Should Factor the Commute Into Your Apartment Search

It’s been said before and it will be said again: location is everything. Generally, this adage is applied to businesses that need to consider not only how visible their storefront is to prospective customers, but also how easy it is to access, along with whether or not certain areas feature their preferred demographics.

As apartment tips go, however, seeking the perfect location, perhaps at the expense of other amenities, could save you a lot of time, money, and hassle. This is especially true when you consider what you stand to lose if your dream apartment happens to be in the boonies, entailing a serious commute to and from work each day.

Why is it so important to factor the commute into your apartment search? Here are a few reasons why you might prefer to pay for loft living in the city as opposed to renting a posh and spacious apartment in the suburbs.

Time in Traffic
This is a killer. You might not think a 20-30-mile commute is really so terrible. What is it, an hour out of each day that you get to listen to audio books or call friends and family? Unfortunately, getting in and out of most urban centers during rush hour could mean you’re stuck in the car double the time or more, considerably extending your commute.

Okay, so let’s just suppose you’re okay with spending a couple of hours slogging through traffic each day because the apartment you found outside the city is so great, with lots of space and surrounded by greenery. Wait until your commute time starts to add up.

That’s 10 hours spent in traffic each week, 40 hours each month, and over the course of the year, 520 hours, which equates to over 21 days. Ouch. Imagine spending 21 straight days in your car, dealing with gridlock, tailgating, road rage, and more. Suddenly, that couple hours a day on the road doesn’t seem so harmless.

In case you were only thinking about the time commitment of commuting, don’t forget there’s also expense involved. First and foremost, you’re going to pay for gas, and there’s no telling how much that might cost. Not only do prices at the pump fluctuate, but you’re bound to get pretty bad mileage in stop-and-go traffic each day.

Plus, there’s the mileage and wear and tear on your car that can lead to more frequent oil changes, as well as repairs. Taking public transit is possible, but this can also be pricy, and with stops and changing trains and buses, it could be even more time consuming than driving.

Quality of Life
This is the big question mark when it comes to apartment living. Is it worth paying a little less for a bigger place in the burbs when your terrible commute could seriously compromise your quality of life?

If you live in the city, you can not only find high-end living at spots like The Lofts of Merchants Row, but you’ll also be close to entertainment and dining options, and you can avoid the many downsides of a daily commute to work in the city. At the very least, you need to consider the pros and cons of location and commuting before you commit.

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 in: Apartment Living with the tags: ,

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