You finally did it. You found that sweet space, that great apartment and it’s time to start living on your own, eating whatever you want whenever you want, entertaining your friends any time without Mom and Dad asking who’s coming over and how long they’re staying and surrounding yourself with things you like, instead of decorating with parental castoffs.
There’s only one small catch. Your new place is a few flights up from ground level. It’s less expensive, of course, and no neighbors upstairs rattling your dishes as they dance the night away, but before you decide the apartment upstairs is perfect for you, these dilemmas might make you reconsider moving up to the top floors.
1. Second or third-floor apartments in three-story buildings often lack elevators
That means everything you buy has to be hauled up the stairs. Everything you throw out has to be hauled down the stairs. So in addition to taking your tired self into the apartment every day, you’ll carry your work laptop, briefcase, gym bag, bike, groceries, trash, recyclables and all those lovely household items you ordered from Overstock or Amazon up and down the steps.
2. It’s not just stuff; you may wind up hauling your friends out
Sometimes, a good time just gets out of hand. And the next morning, there they are: your best friends, groaning on your only couch or sprawled on your floor, looking like someone is pounding iron spikes into their heads and their stomachs are about to end up on your new rug. You want to be a good person and help them to their cars so they can go home…oh, wait. Down the stairs? You may want to consider tossing them over the railings and hope the lawn below breaks their fall instead.
3. An injury or disability suddenly makes that apartment an inconvenience
Break a leg, sprain an ankle, have foot surgery and need to curtail your movement for awhile? Not the easiest thing to do in an apartment with stairs-only access. Unless you have a really nice, really strong friend willing to carry you up and down every time you need to leave or return, you’ll find yourself staying elsewhere and paying for a place you cannot use.
4. You love the second floor, but how does your dog feel about it?
Older dogs with mobility issues will insist you either carry them to their elimination destination or demand a span of grass to call their own – inside the apartment. Stairs are hard on aging hounds, and you cannot lecture a dog on the merits of using them as good daily exercise. They will look at you with those big puppy eyes and whimper, as if to say, “Look, moving here wasn’t my idea. I am merely your faithful companion animal who loves you and accepts you for the foolish human you are.”
5. The friends you call to help you move stuff won’t be your friends anymore
Actually, they’ll probably still like you. They just won’t answer their phones or return a text message when they see it’s from you. Because they know what you want after the first time you asked them to help for “just a few hours” with “a couple of small pieces of furniture.” That fiasco turned into an all-day ordeal involving a sofa the size of a diesel locomotive, a coffee table made of steel, eight dining room chairs and a king-size bed frame, mattress, and headboard that required the use of Google maps to winch around the stairs and through your doors. Your friends know better. They will ask you to meet them someplace, and if you say no, they’ll know why you’re calling…and power off their devices.
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