Apartment Building Common Area Deal Breakers

Apartment Building Common Area Deal Breakers

Sarah Rae Smith
Mar 21, 2012

We've talked in the past about deal breakers for choosing an apartment, but we're here today to ask about the common areas of your apartment building. Why does the halls or lobby of your building matter? Because things like this glowing salmon pink hallway will permanently burn your retinas - that's why!

This hallway is located in a building in Chicago. The apartment itself is so-so, nothing to write home about and nothing to complain about. But this hallway — this hallway is a color that glows with the afternoon sun in the sky lights. It smells of urine and is always covered in trash. What does the outside of an apartment have to do with anything? Well everything actually!

For starters the aesthetics and upkeep of the common areas will tell you a great deal about your landlord. Does he buy crappy paint from the Oops section at Home Depot? Was it painted well? Does he hire quality labor to get jobs done? It will also tell you about the other tenants in the building and the level of respect they have for the space. Why does that matter? Well, if they leave banana peels in the hallway there's a chance they might not care about blasting their music until 3am, either.

Have you ever lived in a space that had a few issues that really started to wear on you over your length of tenancy? Share your stories in the comments...

(Image: Sarah Rae)

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