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Sep 4, 2018

What Do You Wish You Had Considered Before You Signed Your First Lease?

"How did I not know there was next to no water pressure in this place?!"

I'm not gonna sugarcoat it: Apartment/house hunting is one of the most soul-sucking responsibilities of adulthood.

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Instead of looking at pretty rooms or cool backyards, looking at real estate becomes a punishing task of practicality. You've gotta think about your credit, how much money you can afford to spend, and what your biggest priorities are. Maybe the first time around, you didn't consider any of this before you got started and wish that you had.

So tell us: What do you wish you had considered before you signed your first lease?

Maybe you didn't pay much attention to the surrounding area, and it turned out to be super noisy at night.

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"I haven't slept in 12 days."

And maybe you wish that you knew the walls were absurdly thin and you could hear everything your neighbors do and say.

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"How is it possible that they are so loud?!"

Perhaps you found an apartment that fits perfectly in your budget, but didn't factor in the utilities.

Me, desperately trying to stay warm this winter without running up the electricity bill.

"Would it be weird if I started using candles instead of lights to save on electricity?"

Or perhaps you found an apartment that was a total steal, but didn't realize how much you would be paying in random fees.

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"Security deposit? Broker fee? Application fee?!! Wow, take all my money, why don't cha?"

Maybe you wish you had talked to other tenants in the building to learn more about the landlord and super.

I once told my landlord there were swarms of large, strange insects getting into the apartment and he texted back "They live in the trees" with no follow up

"So do they like... respond?"

Or maybe you just wish you had paid more attention to the water pressure.

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"How am I supposed to wash the shampoo out of my hair with this?!"

Tell us what you wish you had considered before you signed your first lease in the dropbox below, and you could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post!