We currently rent a very old, not-well-taken-care-of (by the landlord, not us) rental-home with a landlord who does not care that the walls are literally coming down. This coming Friday was the deadline to give notice if we were going to stay for another lease term (12-months). As much as I hated the idea, we are trying hard to pay off some long-standing debt and save a down-payment for the house. Keeping that in mind, Corey convinced me to stay for one more year, with the idea that we would be buying a house and only move one more time.
|It tricks you by bring cute on the outside! And yes this is Corey from Google Street view. he's famous, kinda.|
Apparently he does not realize that if we move out he will have to repair all these things before anyone else moves in because on Thursday we received a letter stating that if we renew our lease our rent would go up and it will be a two-year lease. I found it funny because the end of the letter said "the only other change is that the lease would be for two years" all nonchalant like, expecting us not to notice? Enter angry Joanna on a rampage to find a new rental house. Keep in mind, Corey barely had me agreed to one more year. With my luck, it was a Holiday weekend so we had a hard time getting anyone to respond to us and had several spam responses (who falls for these?). After two full days of driving all around Richmond and almost giving up on staying in our beloved West End, we found a house!
We are very excited but stressed at the same time. I spent all day Monday purging an entire SUV load of stuff to Goodwill, trashing several bags worth of stuff, listing items for sale on craigslist and starting to pack. My normal packing routine (including numbered and very organized boxes) takes awhile, so it may be a little below Joanna-moving-standard this time, but it will get done! I cannot wait to decorate this new place, did I mention it has real closets including two in the master? One has a shoe shelf!
Thank you to all our family and friends who helped look for listings and my mother-in-law for helping us find a wireless dog fence!