Would You Move Just One Block?

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Q: I thought I'd pose this question to the AT community because I know we all share the same enthusiasm for making homes "homey". Here's my dilemma: I'm a renter who realized not long after moving in that I hate my building. The air system is terrible (and expensive), the carpeting attracts my cat's fur like none other I've experienced, the walls leak, my neighbor's apartment is smelly, my cell phone doesn't work (I had to get a landline)...I could go on.

I found a unit in another building one block away that's only slightly more expensive than my current apartment but without the inconveniences. But I'd have to move, and that will cost time, money and frustration. Is it worth it to move to a place that I think will be more "homey" even if it's just one block away? Or should I suck it up and see what I can do to make the current place work?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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