Since I didn’t have time to update throughout April, I’ll save some time here by making a bulleted list. I’ll try to remember everything, but things got pretty hectic!
-At the end of March, we started looking for apartments. In another state. Real Estate agents are apparently flakes, hardly reading correspondence or answering/returning phone calls. We also immediately saw that not many understood out-of-state moves = No, we cannot come view it tomorrow! This was going to be more difficult then we anticipated.
-We also learned that securing an apartment before starting to pay rent wasn’t a thing. We wanted to have pro-rated rent mid-April, the agents wanted us to start a lease 4-1-15. Which wasn’t going to work since our Spokane lease wasn’t up until 4-30-15, and we couldn’t afford to pay rent on two places at once. How do people usually manage this?
-To further complicate the matter, I had committed to house-sitting until May 2nd. This meant we either HAD to sign a new lease that started May 1st in Salt Lake City (SLC from here on out) or pay month-to-month at our current apartment. Mo-Mo increased our current rent from from $480 to $610/mo. On top of moving expenses and deposits–that was not going to work.
-In addition, it seems SLC is anti-pets. We could hardly find ANYthing that accepted 2 cats. And those that would, were about $100 higher in rent (and mostly more then that), charged a minimum of $300 extra deposit (on top of $300 security deposit), AND charged monthly pet rent. This was going to be expensive–and I didn’t have a job so I didn’t know how much money I had to budget. . .
-Needless to say, we are scrambling around on the internet, looking for suitable places, e-mailing (to no avail), and calling–without a SINGLE return phone call. WTF?! Is this a real estate “thing” or just a SLC thing?! Either way, it was super-annoying, not to mention bad business practice.
-Cool gets legit-stressed, but then goes full-on manic. Not awesome timing. She decides she has to visit her family, 6 hours away, right when we’re trying to find housing. I was going to go, but I work on Saturday, and didn’t want to leave my co-worker friend alone to do everything. So Cool and I were initially going to visit Tacoma Sun-Tues. BUT Cool also realized she had NO time off work. None. And she only gets weekends off. So she planned to make the visit without me.
-To compound the situation, the Friday Cool was going to leave (after her work shift was over at midnight) for the other side of the state, she calls me. It was 9PM. Good news: She was able to transfer within the company she’s been working for into a job in Salt Lake City! Cool got a job! Bad news: She had to start work April 23rd (in 14 days counting that night). Worse news: We had no housing, she still intended to leave for the weekend, and in order for me to give 2 weeks notice at my job, I’d have to turn in my letter of resignation tomorrow. STRESS!
-After we had a deadline looming, things got really insane. I had to turn in my notice at work, secure housing, start packing (and getting rid of things), and making reservations for moving trucks, hotels, flights, etc. . . Despite this being 2015, the internet wasn’t super helpful in finding an apartment OR changing my address. I had to make a zillion phone calls–and you know how I despise that. Forget about details like cleaning the old apartment or trying to get a job in SLC–that stuff would have to wait.
-We found 1 viable housing-option (above our price range). But the landlord was a doofus.
We Cool (because this kind of crap makes me belligerent, and that would accomplish nothing, plus, I was doing EVERYthing else) had to call like 6 times before we got any response. Then we had to wait. Then, things didn’t work right. My full 2 weeks notice were closing at work, and we still had only the promise of housing–no lease, no deposit. . . This is terrifying to me. What would happen if it fell through?
-Meanwhile, I was frantically packing and trying to get rid of things. What to do with the huge, old treadmill? How were we going to get the 37″ TV down the stairs, and where would we put it? You never realize how much stuff you have until you have to put it in boxes and move it! Even though this is a small bullet point, this stuff really consumed the majority of my time. It was a lot of thinking, planning, lifting, and packing.
-Nothing was easy. What size rental truck should I get? I got a 10′ in Missouri and had to leave half my stuff at the storage unit. It sucked terribly, got rained on so it was unsalvageable, and the storage management were pissed so they took all the money I had paid ahead as a “cleaning/trash fee.” I did NOT want that scene again. So I fretted, measured, and deliberated, before deciding on a 16′. It was big, but they’re all bigger then what I’m used to. The 12′ and 16′ were the same price, gas efficiency, and width. The only difference was the 4′ of additional length–and after 12′ what’s an extra 4′?
-We also had to decide how we would logistically move 2 cars, 2 cats, a moving truck of stuff, and ourselves to 10.5 hours away. While still getting Cool to work in SLC on April 23rd and me to my house-sitting job in Spokane April 27th-May 2nd.
-We decided to drive the Penske full of stuff and HHR with the cats to SLC. Then, Cool would start work while I unpacked the stuff at the new apartment. Then, I would fly back (rental car was only $20 cheaper and took 6 more hours) to Spokane. While in Spokane, I would clean the entire old apartment by myself before the lease was up, then continue on to my house-sitting job, before driving (a 2nd 10.5 hours) my car back to SLC. At least we had a plan.
I think I probably forgot some things, but you get the gist: April was busy, busy, busy, costly, and stressful. In the next installment I’ll talk about the actual moving process.