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Old 01-22-11, 11:54 AM   #1
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Renting a house

For my senior year in college my 3 other roommates and I scored a sweet house off campus to rent.

It's 1600$/month, however, not all the rooms are the same sizes. In that case, it is not logical to pay 400$ a month for the smaller bedroom.

Floorplan:
http://i55.tinypic.com/1192v6r.gif

Here are my reasons for that small, 10*10 room:
-top floor, best views
-no body can walk up to the windows
-easier to heat the room with a space heater if need be
-less rent to pay
-I don't have a lot of stuff to fill a bigger room up
-bigger closet.
-roommates who want to bigger rooms on the bottom will be playing video games, drums, guitars, and keyboards.


BUT! Here's the problem. How much is a reasonable amount to pay for the size differences of the bedroom?

For the 10 x 10 I want, I think 350 would be reasonable, right?

There's two HUGE bedrooms with twice the square footage.

360 for the smallest room
390 for the second smallest
425 for the big rooms?
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Old 01-22-11, 12:09 PM   #2
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you do realize that 350 + 360 + 390 + 425 = 1525. you're 75 dollars short.
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Old 01-22-11, 12:25 PM   #3
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Calculate the percentage of area for your 10X10 room compared to the entire area in all 4 rooms. Your rent should equal that percentage of the $1600 rent.
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For that price, you could live in my old house in Blacksburg and have huge rooms. http://www.townside.com/properties.aspx?type=Townhouses

It's the 419 New Kent one. Puts you right on Ellett so you can ride there. Bus schedule isn't that great, and people are less likely to come there for parties, but it was a nice house.
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you do realize that 350 + 360 + 390 + 425 = 1525. you're 75 dollars short.
"360 for the smallest room
390 for the second smallest
425 for the big rooms?"

360+390+425+425
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Vented basement for hookah fumes?
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Calculate the percentage of area for your 10X10 room compared to the entire area in all 4 rooms. Your rent should equal that percentage of the $1600 rent.
Also account for the square footage of the common areas.

We tried something like this in a house that had five bedrooms. It was easier to just split the rent five ways.
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"360 for the smallest room
390 for the second smallest
425 for the big rooms?"

360+390+425+425
my mistake, i saw 4 numbers and not that s.
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Whatever division you work out, also work out the shares on utilities, food, replaceables, cleaning duties, etc.
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$350, $375, $437.50, $437.50
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Old 01-23-11, 03:59 PM   #11
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$350, $375, $437.50, $437.50
Not bad at all, but I want to keep what my roommates pay at hopefully 430 max...it will just take a whole lot of convincing. Paying even 360 for that house would be superb. (my apartment now costs 390, and will jump to 415 next year).
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