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Wasted Snow and Apartment Hunts

The weather outside is positively… frightful! It’s basically a tease of “here’s some snow… but there’s no reason it should be cold enough for any of it to stick to the ground and roads so just keep dreaming of that snow day that you should have had students!” What a waste! Regardless, it is extremely wet and just plain not fun outside right now. Hopefully the rest of this week will be nicer, considering that I think it’s supposed to get back up into the 50’s and 60’s again.

So I am SICK of GT Housing. They really did not do a very good job of taking care of us during the course of the past year, and enough is enough. I’m now looking for an off-campus apartment to share with my roommate for the Fall and Spring semesters. The plan is for a 2-man apartment that is near Tech and hopefully relatively well furnished. We should be able to get our hands on a deal that is relatively cheap, and are aiming at about 700-775 per month per person including utilities. A more complete list of what we want in an apartment presently:

  • Furnishings: we are college students and hence don’t have to desire to go out and get furnishings only to move it in the next 12 months from the signing of the lease.
  • Washer and Dryer: we aren’t going to a laundromat under any circumstance, if the washer and dryer isn’t at least in the apartment complex then you can forget it, but most of the floor plans that we’ve seen so far include washer and dryer in most 2-man apartments.
  • Parking: if we can’t park at the apartment, what’s the point?
  • Safety: being able to safely take a walk outside is a no-brainer.
  • A kitchen with dishwasher, stove, oven, and fridge: without these we wouldn’t eat, end of story!
  • Bathroom per bedroom in the apartment: we have no problem with sharing a bathroom at present, but boy would having one to ourselves be nice!
  • A balcony that we can sit on: 2 reasons for this, we would be ensured not to be on the first floor, the most commonly broken into floor in most apartment complexes, and we would not have to walk out of the building to enjoy some fresh air.

Some bonuses

  • Being able to have pets: I would love to be able to have a pet in my apartment, my girlfriend wants to get me a kitty for my birthday (which I would LOVE), but if we find a sweet deal on a nice place with the only stipulation being no pets, we might just have to take it.
  • Having a shuttle/bus to and from Tech would be great!
  • Being within a shorter driving distance is preferred.
  • Being to the east of Tech would put us closer to Agnes Scott, which would be a big bonus for both of us since we are both dating Agnes women.

This week we are going to do some apartment shopping and will be making some calls. We are also going to try a site called promove.com. It looks pretty cool, but we don’t have all the details about how to actually utilize their services. Should this list change, I’ll post accordingly.

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  1. Caitlin Herring
    March 2nd, 2010 at 16:02 | #1

    Good luck on the apartment hunting! I’m glad to be referred to as an “Agnes woman” again :D

  2. Will Nollenberger
    March 2nd, 2010 at 17:13 | #2

    Seth Dixon and I are looking at promove. I just called the Atlanta number and talked to 1st a lady who took my information (name email phone number where we wanted to live) I was then transfered to our personal “Property Specialist” who took information like what amenities we wanted and what kind of area we were looking for. After all this information was taken we’ve set up an appointment to meet in person and go over our options. I’ll let you know what happens after that. I was assured though there is NO CHARGE for the service other than we have to write down we were referred by promove when we sign up at the apartment we choose.

    • March 2nd, 2010 at 18:17 | #3

      Sweet! Yeah, Andrew and I looked into how promove makes their money and it is all in referrals. If they are put down for the reason why someone picked an apartment, then they get a nice check of an .

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