Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, we’re looking to rent a house. How is it different than renting an apartment?
A: It depends on the landlord, and the house. In any case, you need to ask a lot of questions about things like who pays utilities, who mows the grass and who is responsible for general upkeep like cleaning the gutters or fixing a leaky pipe should one develop. You can check with the utility companies to get an idea of previous monthly bills. Heating a house, especially an old one, can be a lot more expensive than heating a new apartment in a complex.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...