Yearly Apartment Hopping: Should You Do It?

Moving residences comes with pros and cons: packing is exhausting, traveling is stressful, and everything is expensive. But once you reach your destination, an amazing feeling of relief and enjoyment takes over.

Is that amazing feeling worth doing this every year? Brendan Barrett has done just that, and shares his thoughts on the subject.

“I’ve moved six times since 2008 and I’ll be moving again in September,” says Barrett.

Barrett, who’s originally from Crystal Lake, Illinois, attended the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, moved to California after graduating and started working in Business Development.

“While in California I lived in Burbank, Canoga Park, and Van Nuys. My job relocated me to Arizona [and] I’ve lived in Tempe and Phoenix. Growing up I didn’t have much opportunity to travel but always wanted to experience new places. So, when it came time for college and to start my career I was very open to the idea of relocating,” says Barrett.

And although Barrett is enjoying the moving lifestyle, he tells us he never thought he would be moving so much.

“It’s funny because when I was in college I would try to resist moving. Usually moving became unavoidable for one reason or another…by the time I finished school my attitude towards moving had changed. Instead of dreading another move, the end of each lease presented itself as another opportunity for adventure,” says Barrett.

Now, if you’re planning on taking on the apartment hopping life, it’s important to plan and be prepared. Barrett adds that budgeting accordingly with ample time can help minimize costs and avoid some hassles of the moving process “if you consider what it would required to repeatedly move a piece of furniture before you ever buy it.”

The Pros:

  • You could score a great deal at a new place (first month free or reduced etc.)
  • Some apartments are so fancy it’s almost like living in a luxury hotel with added amenities without the extra fees.
  • There are new faces and you can make new friends
  • New locations mean new experiences
  • You can learn the ins-and-outs of apartment shopping and negotiating

“My rent has stayed relatively steady rather than seeing annual increases. In some case I’ve been able get more apartment for less by moving or negotiating.”

The Cons:

“The only downside has really been the short lived inconvenience of actually moving,” says Barrett.

If you decide to take on the challenge of moving so often, you may not want to really unpack. You will most likely end up keeping a few things you don’t use a lot in boxes; that way you can just haul them off with you to the next place.

Barrett says the experience of moving often has been ‘a great ride’ but thinks the cycle will probably come to an end in the next few years as he gets ready to settle down.

“I think I’m getting close…moving so often isn’t exactly ideal for people with young children or pets. As I start my own family, what I shop for when I’m considering a move is less about me, and more about everyone else in my life,” says Barrett.

June Brockmeyer

June Brockmeyer

June Brockmeyer is a writer based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her background includes TV news writing and reporting, weather forecasting as well as blogging; specifically for small businesses, software, education and lifestyle. June is fluent in Spanish and has experience in translation, writing and tutoring. Having moved back and forth from the U.S. to Mexico a few times, June enjoys researching new options for storage solutions and moving. She is a fan of organization and celebrates new ideas to help stay clutter-free in her everyday life. She graduated Cum Laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and loves to spend time with her husband, baby boy and their cute Havaneese dog, Reef.
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