- 7 years ago
- Wedding: March 2011
Trying to avoid a tl;dr post here, but bear with me.
We are strongly considering a move from Texas to Iowa next summer (summer 2012). One of the reasons we’re considering this now rather than later is to finish school at the University of Northern Iowa in cedar falls/waterloo. The school has the degree program I need, an excellent teaching program for my wife, and is cheaper and has a better rep than the private university I would need to attend here to get the same degree. No chump change either… I’m talking about a $10,000 a year difference in tuition!
That’s not our only reason for the Iowa move, it’s just a reason for a SOONER move, rather than finishing school here in Texas. We will both have our associate degrees after this coming fall semester.
We would hopefully sell our house here, or rent it out to family (big maybe there).
We’ve been watching craigslist and real estate sites for rentals in the area we’re looking to move to and it’s a bit pricier than we are used to seeing for apartments and rental houses here. Especially if we want the kids in a particular school that is supposed to be amazing and awesome.
And we have noticed that a HUGE number of rentals there are not pet friendly whatsoever. I don’t have any real numbers but from what I’ve seen in the past few months of looking it LOOKS like 80 to 90% have a “NO PETS” policy. As well as being geneally more expensive.
That is, of course, with the exception of the on-campus family apartment housing. I checked out the university’s info on the family housing that is on the edge of campus and WOW. Our total housing costs (monthly rent plus utilities) would decrease by about $300 a month if we live there, and would include a landline phone and cable (2 things we don’t have here due to costs). The housing on campus includes internet, cable, landline phone, and utilities would be about half what we pay here for the house.
On top of all that we’d have virtually zero essential gas costs outside of weekend driving to the store and such. Everything is within walking / biking distance, even teh children’s school (part of the university actually). That’s another $200 a month (what we currently spend commuting here to and from school and what we’d spend there if we lived elsewhere, or close to that).
The thing again, is the no pets policy, but we know we’d have a hard time finding a pet friendly place regardless.
So finally to my point: we have a family member who will take our cats for the time being, and a friend to take the dogs. With the understanding that we pay for food costs and medical. But they’d be here in Texas, and it’d be for one or two years! We will miss them like crazy but the bigger issue is, will the pets be able to adjust to that kind of absence and then come back with us when we are able to get a different housing situation? We can deal with missing them but if this will be too traumatic then we won’t do it. But it’s not like going to a shelter or anything… right?
We think we might do the on campus for the first year then see what we can find over the summer. The on-campus is just very appealing financially as well as just for being beneficial for us beingthere new to an area and new to the school. It’s a lot of money for 2 full time students with kids.
Or should we just forget it and keep searching for a housing situation that is more ideal for taking them with us?
Thoughts? Anyone ever “fostered” out pets for this long with someone you know and trust?