Today has been an interesting day. I think in order to live in the city I’m going to need to sell a body part or find a sugar daddy, neither option is very appealing so my realistic option is to save my pennies.
My maximum amount per month I would pay began to creep up slowly during the day as I realized anything in the lower ranges is either scary or taken.
At one point I thought I found a place in the price range and it looked beautiful. Everything was new and shiny. I began to click away with my excitement growing until I saw the square footage….150 square feet…… Now some of my readers might be used to these tight quarters but when I realized I would be living in a place about the size of the room I was sitting in I decided to keep looking.
I’ve opened up to the idea of a studio because I know there are some great ones out there, unfortunately so do other people and none of those are available.
My day was spent in front of my computer and on the phone. I learned that apartment prices will change constantly, even day by day so half the prices I saw online were not accurate so I was extremely annoyed to call a place I thought was in my price range only to find out it’s actually $100 more per month.
I’m disappointed because right now I have only 2 appointments set up for Saturday so I need to keep looking. I’m getting super burnt out on it right now though so I had to stop looking for a little bit especially after talking to the last guy. I wanted to reach through the phone and punch him. I understood that he was trying to cover his bases and explain the income based housing but it was his tone that made me finally say “I don’t think this is worth the hassle and I’ll just keep looking”
That was the end of yesterday. I was so frustrated and discouraged. I was thinking I needed to start cleaning out my car since that’s where I was going to be living. Today I slept in until after 9:00, which was much needed and woke up with a renewed sense of energy ready to take on the day.
Back to the apartment hunt.
I’m quickly learning the differences between living in a rural community vs. living in an urban community.
w/s/g not included anywhere so when you look at a place plan on about $50 more than the price listed.
More units with w/d so that’s a perk.
The parking issue, pay or risk having to try to find parking everyday.
I love James the Cat but I think he’s going to need to get a job
One of my biggest lessons was learning the price listed might not be the price so you have to make phone calls, lots of them, and leave messages. I’ve got the message down to a neat little script. “My name is Tasha. My phone number is ……. I was wondering if you have any studios or 1 bedrooms available for rent by the end of the month. If someone could return my call I would appreciate it. Thank you” Luckily, with the exception of the guy yesterday everyone I’ve talked to has been very friendly and helpful.
Random question. Who comes up with apartment complex names? I’m trying to keep my notes organized but struggling to remember if I called Whispering Pines or Pinewood Square or Highwood Square or or Camelot or Casablanca or Hanger 128. That last one gets points for creativity and for featuring a smiling couple with their arms outstretched like they’re playing airplane on the cover of the website XD It made me laugh.
I need to laugh because I could rent a small 2-3 bedroom home for the price I’m looking at for a studio but I keep reminding myself this is what I wanted and it’s going to be an adjustment but it’s going to be worth it in the end. I’m excited but I also think some part of me is still scared but I’ll write about that in another post because for now it’s back to browsing through the wonderful world of apartments……