Melissa Dubravetz
Advertising writer

Recently, some friends and I were reminiscing about college courses we had taken, and the topic of creative writing came up. One of my friends went on to explain how much she disliked the creative writing course, especially an exercise in which the professor would tell them to pick a word and write all about it.


While I donít recall doing similar projects in my course of study, I found the idea of writing all about one word very interesting. In fact, the idea so intrigued me that I decided to feature a column about the word Ďrenting.' So, in no particular order, here are some thoughts that run through my head at its mention:


Renting can be a good way to learn more about a community.


Renting is more expensive than living with your parents.


Renting with roommates is less expensive than living alone.


Renting is a responsibility.


Renting with pets can be challenging.


Signing a lease for renting a specific space is often the first contract a young adult signs.


Renting is a sensible, more flexible option for those who arenít ready to purchase a property.


Although renting can be somewhat restrictive when it comes to permanent decorating, many non-permanent interior design elements can be added to make your apartment unique and a reflection of your personality.


Renting can help you stick to a budget.


Renting can be a fun way to make new friends.


Renting with roommates can help reduce the cost of everyday necessities.


Renting can be an exercise in patience, as you have to learn to live with your neighbors and their noise.


Searching for an apartment can be an exciting experience for a first-time renter.


Renting may give you access to lifestyle amenities not available with the typical real estate purchase, such as a pool, party center or exercise room.


Landscaping and snow removal services are often included in your rent, leaving many apartment dwellers with more spare time to enjoy other activities.


Apartment living can help you become more creative when it comes to making the most use of limited space.


Renting is not for everyone.


Potential tenants should pay close attention to any lease agreement and/or rental application before signing.


Renting can be good for people who travel a lot for work and donít have time to take care of a house.


Having to share a laundry room at your apartment building may help you do laundry more efficiently.


Renting can sometimes help you save money on utilities.


Renting may help you be more conscious of cleaning up after yourself, especially if you share an apartment or have limited space.


Renting makes you more aware of your living habits and style.


Renting teaches you to be more considerate of others.


Let me know what you think. How do you feel about renting? What surprised you most about your first experience renting an apartment? Do you prefer to live alone or with roommates? Why? I welcome your suggestions on making a decision, tales from your personal experiences or anything else you want to talk about. Send an e-mail with your name and phone number to renters@thebeaconjournal.com. For additional real estate information, visit homes.ohio.com, the key to hassle-free home hunting.