Post # 1
Lots on my mind, nice to bounce it off you maybe.
I have been hired for the job of my dreams:) in a city that is five hours away. My Darling Husband will not be able to move immediately with me as he has to finish the school year where he is teaching, and then he already has a summer job in another city.
I need to start around June 12th, but we have not yet figured out housing. My Dad thinks that we should ‘make a weekend out of it’ and go visit a crapload of apartment rentals, but honestly that sounds very tiring (we both work until 6pm on Friday, and start again on Monday morning).
Ideally, we would move into a cheap place that a colleague of mine is moving out of…that way we know the person, she vouches for the quality of the landlord…and badabing, badaboom! However, it’s not exactly what we want. It’s on the fourth floor of the building, with a small kitchen. However, the rent is cheap, utilities included and other than the kitchen-fourth floor issue it’s really cute and in a great location!
Would you ‘kind of’ settle, for easy, cute and cheap? We could always just rent this for a year, and then rent or BUY next year. What do you think? To me I feel it’s the best solution in a city we don’t yet know.
Post # 3
Congrats on the new job! It sounds like you and your husband are undergoing some major career changes, and in this situation it may be best to do an easy and cheap solution. And like you said, you can use the opportunity to save for a down payment once you are more settled and familiar with your area.
Post # 4
Congrats on getting the job! I would probably snatch up your coworker’s apartment. It will be hard to find something 100% perfect. You just have to decide on your main priorities. Is the kitchen one of them?
Post # 5
I personally would do the cheap easy solution. Fiance and I went to a different city for a few days to apartment hunt. Luckily we were there on weekdays as well because no one was open on the weekends. Also, there was only one apartment that had a definite opening in the next month. it might not even be worth it for you to go for both of those reasons. We ended up settling for a year (almost done) which sucked but wasn’t absolutely terrible.
ETA: we are moving into our “ideal” apartment in a month. However, we spent a lot of time searching and also spent a few months on the waiting list.
Post # 6
Congrats on the new job! I live on the 3rd floor of my building and I must admit that it isn’t the greatest. Having to carry all my groceries, laundry, shopping up flights of stairs is really not fun and actually quite tiring. But, if you and Darling Husband like it that is all that matters. Best of luck to you!
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@FrenchNewlyWed: I would settle for it at first since you are in a timecrunch and when the lease is up look for something better.
Post # 8
I’m with your dad and I’d spend a weekend looking, even if nothing more than to confirm its a good deal. I flew to Boston and looked at 25 places in one weekend once. A year in a place you’re not happy is too long.
Post # 9
@FrenchNewlyWed: I’d probably take the cheap apt, but see if there is anyway you can do a shorter lease (6 mo or month to month) since you’re just renting. When it comes time to buy your own place, definitely don’t ‘settle.’
Post # 10
I would looka at some places just to make sure. a 4th floor walk up is a pain in the ass, but not the end of the world. you do get used to it. I was in a 4th floor walk up in NYC with a baby and sometimes it was a pain, but let me tell you my butt looked awesome from all those stairs!
Post # 11
I definately know what you mean Kay 01…but I am so happy to see all that so far everyone else agrees with me! I do think it could be the most intelligent choice, and that way we’d have a place immediately! The move sounds kind of scary, 4th floor, no elevator…but other than that I’m SURE we can deal! I’m pleased and relieved to see lots of people agree. I have pics of the place, not sure I can load them off my phone or not.
Thanks for the support:)
Post # 12
@housebee: Oh definately! That’s one of the reasons I want to beef up our already very healthy downpayment while we rent. It’s only 360 euros a month, all included. That’s maybe 450 us? Not sure on the conversion rate.
Post # 13
@FrenchNewlyWed: I used to live in a 3rd floor walkup, and it’s incredible how fast you get used to the trip up and down the stairs. Grocery shopping was never fun, but it sounds like a good idea for you to start with 🙂
Post # 14
@ANGELaaimt: Thanks:) I’m sure that part will be fine…it’s mainly a hellish move day and then it shouldn’t be a big deal.
We’re having a hard time deciding in general, and can see lots of lovely things in the same price range online…fact remains that this seems like the ‘easy way out’ for now. Urgh. I’ll def keep you all posted as we’re deciding soon!
Post # 15
I mean, almost all of us “work until 6pm Friday and then do it again on Monday”. I’d make a weekend out of apartment hunting, and keep the friends’ apartment on the back burner as a possibility. I think where you live is too big a deal to be lazy about it.
Post # 16
We sort of settled for the apartment we have now, mainly because apartment huntin in Boston was exhausting and we didn’t want to go another day! Our place is small, but is standard for a Boston apartment. And we’ve learned to like it. I think even if you feel like you’re settling now, you’ll start to like things about it in the future. And you don’t have to live there forever!