Finding the Right Apartment: Is One Bathroom Enough?

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Finding the right apartment is all about knowing what you need. Since individual preferences differ, the apartment that is suitable for your friend may not be what’s best suited for you. Apartment amenities are also of varying importance from one person to the next. An amenity that is considered important by most, however, is having an extra bathroom. Knowing whether you need more than one bathroom is important as you begin apartment shopping. How will you know if you need more than one? Ask yourself the follow questions as you consider whether or not more than one bathroom is necessary.

Do You Have a Roommate?

The one case where having an additional bathroom really matters is when there are two or more people sharing an apartment. Especially in the case of there being three people living in one unit, you’re going to need two or more bathrooms. When there are only two of you in the space, though, finding a place with two bathrooms isn’t absolutely necessary.

More than anything, having an additional bathroom is important if you have similar schedules. Trying to coordinate shower usage in the morning could be problematic if you both have to leave for work at a similar time. Also, if one person is known to spend a considerable amount of time in the bathroom, you may need to come to an agreement to put up a little bit of extra money to have the added benefit of an extra bathroom in the place you choose to reside. On the other hand, if you and your roommate have opposite schedules, having only one bathroom may not be an issue. Also, if one person is rarely in the apartment, you’ll probably be okay with only one. It’s best to sit down with your roommate and discuss these things so that you both can make the best decision for your living situation.

Do You Frequently Have Lots of Guests Over?

If your place sees a constant flow of people over for gatherings, you may want to consider finding a place with more than one bathroom (and a place with lots of extra square footage!). Also, if you plan on hosting guests overnight, such as family or friends from out of town, having an additional bathroom will make the arrangements more comfortable. The last thing you want is to have people lining up to use the bathroom. At the same time, if these kind of visits are few and far between, there’s no sense in forking over extra money in rent each month to have the extra bathroom.

Really, the number of bathrooms you need all comes down to how frequently the bathroom is going to be in use. Since access to the shower, sink and toilet is pretty essential to living comfortably, you’ll probably want to consider moving into a place with at least two bathrooms if you and your roommate are constantly at home.

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Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.

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