I gave up and I didn't think I'd find an apartment - until today.
I'd mentioned to the landlord yesterday I was looking at apartments, etc and he said he's got one coming up in June and asked if I wanted to take a look. My point was to move *out* of the building (parking being an issue) but .. what the hell.
If you don't mind, I'm going to talk it out because it'll help me think it out - and if you have opinions/thoughts, I'd love to hear them. Otherwise, feel free to pass over this post.
Well... hell. I didn't think I'd be interested in this apartment at all. Really. And I was trying not to - because I'm trying to get out of the building (again, parking). The living room was maybe the same size, or a smidge bigger (pro), but it'd have to house existing current furniture plus another chair (I doubt it would fit in the bedroom). There's a HALLWAY. Like.. wow! (pro!) (If you're unaware, I don't have that because my apt is more compact.) The kitchen has more counter space (pro). Not much more, but more than what I have, and there's a space/corner where I can add a workstation if I so desired (pro). The bathroom is bigger! (pro!) Mine is (aka feels like) 2x2; literally there's room for one person and everything is in your immediate reach, where this other one has actual walking space, and a freaking towel rack for crying out loud (it's the small things). Oh, and slightly more storage. The bedroom is a bit smaller (meh), but has nicer closet organization (shelves) (pro). And really, I don't need a large bedroom. Enough room for my bed, dresser and tallboy (the desk will go). There are 3 windows (same as what I have) but face a different direction; I face NW right now (which is nice wind in the summer, not so great in the winter) and I think these windows face east only (warm in the summer (con), less cool in the winter (pro)). I pay hydro, so the less I pay at any given time is a plus. The windows are very close to the roof (summer - heat - con) and face the pub (noise at night when I go to bed early - con). Also, I'm not in-building for the laundry, I have to walk a little around the building (con - especially in winter! Brr!). And really, who wants to walk along 40ft of sidewalk/street with laundry basket in hand? Can I get past that?
It needs a paint job (I don't mind) and I'll have to pay water (what? $20/mo?).. so.. something else to think of. But if I was going to increase my rental budget anyways. Parking, well, I'm working around that already. There would be no lease (and did I mention that for 150 sq.ft more he's offering it to me at the same price?). Gah.
I have to weigh a lot of pros and cons, plus the 'hassle' (though small) of changing my address with everything PLUS asking friends/family to help me move - with stairs. Again. I don't know.
Short term pain for long term gain/comfort? This theme keeps popping up....
Any thoughts? Anyone? Bueller?