By Beth Wood
, August 01, 2018
If you are determined to live in a 1bed/1bath apartment close to campus/downtown, this is not a bad option. Some others want the same price for 100 or 200 sq feet less. Theres a bus stop at the front which is nice if you dont have a parking space downtown, a small gym in the complex and a pool. The kitchen was nice with a full size dishwasher. The furniture provided in a furnished option is not in the best condition. There is no front office at archer, they closed it right after I moved in a year ago (so no jittery joes coffee). However, if youre willing to go somewhere nicer with a roomate or two, that may be a better option. The layout and location of the apartments feels rather isolating and it is a space that you need to put a good amount of work in to make it feel less boxy. I did not experience bug problems except for some little ants. I did have mold problems towards the end of my stay - there is not central air and I think the window unit ended up blowing mold into my apartment, I ended up staying at a friends house for a good portion of my last two months because I didnt want to be around the mold although I bleached everything down. The window unit air will not reach the bedroom, only the living room and kitchen. It never got super cold in the winters but its pretty hot in the summers.
After bills the price is a little high and not better than if you were to move somewhere extremely nice with roommates, but this is the price of living in a single person apartment this close to downtown if you are determined to do so.
During move out I did have some issues. When I came to clean out my apartment, my next door neighbor mentioned to me, did I know this complex charges you $200 for paint if you dont touch it up yourself? I did not know that, although it does say in the lease that the paint is not automatically touched up between apartments. I called the rent athens office and asked them about this - did I need to touch up my own paint? They told me yes you do. Spackle any holes and paint where the walls need touching up. I thought this was crazy but I didnt want to be charged, I asked them what is the color of paint that I should buy? The person on the phone didnt know although she went to ask the manager after each question and told me to take a picture of the wall, go to lowes and color match. That seemed like a bad idea but it is what they told me to do. On the way to Lowes, I called my mom to mention how absurd it was. She agreed, called the office and said the manager laughed when she brought it up and said certainly not to do that. Okay, nevermind then. Move out inspection came, the lady walked through the aparment, said I wouldnt need to pay for cleaning since I had done a great job, there would just be a $40 fee for carpet cleaning that everyone must pay and *$400* to clean up the paint where furniture had left scuffs on the walls. That stopped me in my tracks. $400 for paint touch up after one year of living here? I did not sign the form, the lady laughed and said that no one else is signing the form either. I have to go through a dissent process. Who knows if I will have to pay that amount. But it really upset me that they are seemingly trying to charge everyone so much to fix the paint in very small apartments.
I will also say that dust collects quickly in these apartments and when I moved in I had to power clean everything. My stool had a piece of wood missing and the couch leather was peeling and there was a q tip on it. When I vaccummed the carpets, it filled my vacuum up so I dont know if my carpets werent cleaned beforehand or if the dust simply collects that quickly.
I am not renewing my lease here.
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