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Might have a new house

December 16th, 2017 at 02:01 pm

I want to thank everyone for their kind words and support offered on my last couple of posts. It really means a lot to me.

It looks like I may have a place to live. I put the deposit down and I am waiting to see if I am approved to rent it. They already ran my credit. I want desperately to move in on Friday.

They are fleecing me with all the fees, though. Base rent is $750 and they want $50/pet/month, for a total of $900 per month. That is actually a reasonable price for the house given the area, but I was able to negotiate it down to $825/month total. That is less than the house N and I rented when we first moved in together, and it's a better house in a better neighborhood. So I am happy with that.

The deposit was $570, the pet deposit will be $1,200 and then first month's rent will be due at signing. I don't know if they will make me pay prorated December rent and all of January, or just December. I have to ask.

I am scrambling to transfer money to cover all these expenses in time. It will require using half of my savings but that's what they are there for.

I am starting a list of things I will need for the new place, and deciding what I will look for at thrift stores, what I will mystery shop for and what I will just buy new.

Immediate needs
A bed-I found one on Amazon that I like and was recommended. The frame I chose is low to the ground to make it easier for the dogs to sleep with me. I have a $100 Amazon gift card to help offset the costs, but I don't want to order it until I can have it delivered to the new place. In the meantime, I have a blow up mattress that works perfectly fine, I just don't want it to sleep in the forever.
-Shower curtain, trashcans, curtains for the bedroom, paper towels and toilet paper. Most of this I can get at the dollar store or walmart. I am not picky. When the shower curtain starts to go I hope to be in a better place to afford something. The bedroom curtains are a necessity- all of the windows go down to the ground and it makes me uneasy.
-Cookware- I might start with things from goodwill and fill in by mystery shopping for better quality pieces.
-A couch and maybe some chairs- I don't mind used but I am picky. Maybe I shouldn't be but, I am. I don't want to spend a ton because if I move to California I don't want to bring it with me. But I want something that looks nice, is functional and isn't terribly uncomfortable.

So far that is what I have. I am sure this list will be added to once I move in.

They wanted me to sign an 18 month lease and I just can't commit to that. I signed a 6 month lease with the option of renewing for 12. I am probably going to stay in town for the next 18 months, but N is thinking about buying his own place with the money I buy him out with. If he leaves then I definitely want to move back into my house!

I am staying with my job until at least September, because that is when my retirement vests. Right now there is nothing else keeping me in town, so after September I might start job searching in California (where my family is) or North Carolina (where my best friend is.) I've wanted to move back to California for awhile now, so this might be the right time.

My finances need to be a ton better before I can move to California, though. But one step at a time.

7 Responses to “Might have a new house”

  1. Laura S. Says:

    Goodwill has mystery shops if you didn't already know! I would definitely stick with the thrift store route if you aren't sure if you are staying in the are long term.

  2. TurtleLover Says:

    I just recently went through something similar to this ... one thing I would like to suggest... is to ask people you know if they have any "extra" pots/pans/furniture etc.
    People often have extra stuff they don't really need but don't want to just "throw out" but to give to a friend in need is different. For example... I had a big pot I hardly used ... but I didn't want to just give it away... I had a friend who just moved and needed some cookware... I gave him my pot... made me feel good that it went to someone who needs it and the friend loves the pot and uses it often. Also you might feel better knowing where it came from. I got a bed, tv stand, tv and shelf from friends. :-) good luck and I look forward to your future posts

  3. CB in the City Says:

    You're right -- one step at a time! You will get there! It does indeed seem to be a good time to start planning a move closer to your family or friends.

  4. Myfinancekits Says:

    If not because of the required deposit on the mortgage, it is more preferable paying for mortgage fee than paying for rent. However, Rome is not built in a day

  5. Out of the Dark Says:

    Keep blogging. We are here for you!!!!

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like you are hanging in there. I agree with Turtlelover...mention to people you are looking for this and that and ask if they know anyone who has something like that.

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    It sounds like you found a workable place for you.

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