Tagged: moving

Settling In

I was scrolling through all of my picture folders looking to see what I hadn’t posted about and I realized I haven’t even given you a real-life apartment tour since the Moving Day photos. I took pictures on the 5th of August (the day after Moving Day or “MD”), on the 15th and randomly since then, on my phone. So, here those are! There are still lots of things that have changed and a few things that I have at the top of my list.

Living Room

Okay, so on Moving Day (or, the Morning After) when you enter the apartment and turn to the left you saw this:

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Moving Day!

I’m back at Starbucks making another post. You know what that means? It means we’re still without Internet at home – and it’s starting to get on my nerves! I was really hoping we’d have it up before we left for our getaway at a cottage next week so that I could line up a bunch of posts to go up while I’m away so there isn’t ANOTHER week of radio silence around here, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. What is going on with the wiring is a long and complicated story, but suffice it to say it should be (SHOULD BE) all fixed on Monday. Which, hopefully, means that when we return from our vacation, we’ll be wired for service. On the plus side, there is no shortage of computers for me to still write my posts out on, which I then save to a USB stick and bring over to the nearest (or, least crowded) Starbucks.

I couldn’t bear to wait until we returned from our vacation to post about our moving day, as it would be over 3 weeks old news. So, I wrote this up yesterday – and it totaled out at just under 1600 words. Now I can work on shortening it and adding a bunch of pictures so it doesn’t feel that long.  Here goes nothing!

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We Survived!

Hi friends! I told you there was going to be radio silence around here. It has lasted longer than I wanted it to, but I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be knocking posts out left and right once we get just a teensy more settled in. We have an appointment to set-up our Internet tomorrow and that should just about do it!

“We survived!” was the only thing I could spit out the day after Moving Day (last Saturday) when friends/family asked me how it went. It was definitely an adventure in persistence and determination. I’ve got lots to say about it, but not in this post! I am currently at the library trying (unsuccessfully) to download the episodes of Big Brother that we have missed in the last week.

Here’s a photo to keep you interested:

 

Whoop, there it is; 14 solid feet of our possessions. I love it when all of my years of playing Tetris pay off in real life situations.

See you soon, Internet!

 

p.s. Shout out to the fam-bam who are enjoying a family vaca without their two favorites, spending time relaxing on the surf and sand in the well-known beach town of Brookings, Oregon. Wish I was there! Have a Dutch Bros for me. 🙂

Moving Update!

We weren’t sure if it would work out this quickly but the stars lined up for us today and it’s, honestly, such a huge relief. We are getting possession of our new apartment tomorrow! We’re going to have lots of time to make the move happen which puts us in a really good position. The big stuff will all go on Saturday in a U-Haul, followed by a few trips back and forth to tie up some loose ends (turning off utilities, selling some Kijiji items, etc.)

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Apartment Hunting

Hey, how about a long overdue post about our apartment search? This could be relevant to lots of people!

Our first trip out to the Brampton/Mississauga area was a VERY blind trip. It was our first time ever being in Brampton. So, we armed ourselves with a solid spreadsheet full of lots of potential viewings, and 6 appointments for the two days we would be there (that number increased as time went on.) This was July 9 & 10. We drove up on the 9th, looked at as many apartments as we could handle (6), and drove to our swanky Aloft hotel for the night. When we got up the next morning, Dave drove to the school campus to take his early morning English placement test, came back to the hotel to pick me up and we spent the day going from apartment to apartment, viewing 7. That totaled our two days there at 13 apartments. It. was. exhausting. The two main differences between moving to just another apartment in your city vs. moving to a NEW city are 1) learning about areas as you go and B) the gas. I’ll just forewarn you: it’s going to be wordy!

Before I start, I want to make a note about the prices I’ve listed below. We all know that the cost of renting similar apartments can vary greatly based on their geographic location, I’ve come up with a solution to make it make sense for us without shocking anyone with the sticker price. I’m going to call the current rent that we pay in London, Ontario for a 2 bedroom ground-level apartment (with full basement storage, back outdoor space, a parking spot and all utilities except for hydro) included: $0. So, below, when I list the rent somewhere as $200, that equals to: our current rent PLUS $200. Get it? Alright, let’s get to it!

The first thing we did when we got into Brampton was drive by Dave’s school, so we could start looking around the area. That is when we drove by…

Apt #1 We’ll call this one “Steeles.”
We buzzed the office, they let us in. The lady at the office wasn’t too keen on us having a co-signer. (Did I mention we have to have a cosigner because we will be jobless with this move? Just an added fun factor to our situation)
Info: 2 bedrooms, generic highrise, view of CN tower
Rent: $420 + parking (additional $30-50)
Utilities: Included
Verdict: Not interested, but nice to look at.

Then we had lunch at Subway: Eat Fresh. From there, we drove around the downtown area and stumbled upon:

1 Maple Ave. This one was a Fail from the get-go. As we were driving up I said “Do you think it’s an old folks home?” Because of all of the people in walkers I saw outside. Dave didn’t think it was but he was incorrect. So close, yet so far.

We continued our drive around. At that exact moment I got a message from a friend in California (hey Pam!!) who was sending me a link to an rental app. I downloaded it and we found our first victim! I mean, lead! As we were driving up to it we saw a different apartment for rent (less units, not a high rise) and decided to take a look at that one, first.

Apt #2 June St.
Info: 1 bedroom, main floor
Rent: $250
Utilities: Included
Verdict: We filled out an application, but told them to hold off on submitting it until we called them
They called us 3 times in two days (also called Dave’s mom AND emailed him). The guy talked to us for a really long time about conspiracy theories and the recession and Obama and I was just getting A Bad Vibe from him. The truth is we kept this place as a contender for a while.

We spent so long there that we didn’t get to see the apartment from the app! But we had our first appointment scheduled in Mississauga, so we had to haul a bit of ass to get there on time.

Apt #3 “Ground Level” Basement
When you first walk in, it feels like a basement, but one of the bedrooms has a full sliding glass door to the backyard.
Info: 2 bedroom, small living room, separate laundry
Rent: $225
Utilities: Pay 1/3 of the house
Verdict: The guy didn’t like that we had 2 cats because the last people had FIFTEEN cats and dogs. Note: people who aren’t pet-people don’t understand the difference between 2 and 15. Oh well.

Back to Brampton we went! We drove by a “View It” sign and decided to stop. No answer from the super when we buzzed. There were people staring at us from their balconies and a mattress or two in the front. We decided Mattress Land wasn’t for us.
Appointment time!

Apt #4 Purple Garage – Roy
This one was huge! It had a weird layout, a wet bar with a mirrored wall above it and a walk-in pantry. He didn’t mind our cats.
Info: Underground basement, smelled musty
Rent: $300
Utilities: Included
Verdict: We couldn’t get past the must smell.
I also have to note that I got a weird, sexist vibe from this guy and wasn’t interested in that. Any questions regarding us moving or money he would physically turn his body from me and ask Dave and would even say “Dave” at the end of the question so that I would not answer. BYE ROY.

Then we had a drive-by of an apartment that we saw on Kijiji that you didn’t need an appointment for. Let me set the scene:
-Three high rises that all look exactly the same
-Got lost in the parking lot surrounding trying to find the entrance to the building
-There are NO visitor spots that are clearly marked
-Not one, but TWO, cop cars parked directly out in front
-Lots and lots of people and activity going on.

Goodbye, Orenda Court.

We went back to driving around in the downtown area and found a really cute, low-rise apartment with a “For Rent” sign out front. It was across the street from the YMCA! We called the number and set up an appointment for the next day. This was Union St.
Then we drove back to the June/Church St area to check out that one apartment that we found on the app and also a couple that were listed on Kijiji:
-The two tall white buildings we saw listed before both had “Waiting List” signs up aka No Vacancy
-Tried to get into the apartment from the app but the super said there were no vacancies
-Buzzed the super at another apartment around the corner – no vacancies
-Called another number from a building in the area; there was no answer, we left a message, they returned the call the next day. It was over our price range ($420) and they only had available viewing on Saturday, which didn’t fit in with our schedule.

The apartment from the app was having some “common trouble;” that might explain things.

A bad sign in the reflection.

Then we decided it was time to grab dinner before our next appointment at 7:30. We ate at Mucho Burrito.

Apt #5 91 Kennedy
First signs of trouble: it’s across from a Food Basics. Second signs of trouble: shopping carts parked in the back.
Info: Huge 2 bedroom apartment, lots of closets, top floor (4th)
Rent:$259
Utilities: Hydro not included
Verdict: We contemplated this one for a long time but finally decided our safety was more important than a huge, cheap apartment.

Then we had an appointment for 8!

Apt #6 3 bedroom basement
We were really impressed with this pad, but we were getting a weird vibe from the homeowners
Info: This was definitely the biggest apartment we’d seen so far. I don’t even know what I would do with all of the extra space.
Rent: $200 (listed on Kijiji), they wouldn’t confirm/deny that in person
Utilities: ?
Verdict: They were being pretty shady, left us in the basement for a long time and then wouldn’t answer any questions we asked. They asked us if we smoked or had pets, we told them we had 2 cats and they shuffled us out.

Then, back at the hotel we decided to make some more phone calls to line up appointments for the next day. I took a long overdue shower and called my mom (It was her birthday!)
And that, my friends, concludes Day #1. (Spoiler alert: one of these above apartments ends up being The One. It’s probably the least likely one in the bunch.)

Day #2! I explained above how the morning started. After we got back into Brampton, we had a laundry list of places we wanted to get into today and also had a mix of appointments. First, we got ourselves back to the downtown area, where we saw a sign for town houses earlier, that we never had a chance to explore. But! Before we made it there, we saw another building that we thought might be worth our while.

Apt #7 Park Hill
Info: 1 bedroom, all carpet. Apartments available from 12th and 3rd floors. Really nice, clean and friendly. It reminded Dave of his grandmothers apartment.
Rent: $325 plus (underground) parking
Utilities: Included
Verdict: Right away, we really liked it. We filled out an application and had plans to send a check to get this place. It was nice to have a back-up if everything else we saw that day was a total fail.

Right after this one we had an appointment!

Apt #8 Split-level Attic
This one had a pretty interesting story. It was a regular attic apartment above a house in the DT area. Additionally, they rented out a bachelor apartment above the back of the house, separately. They had the city come in to do some pipe work or something and they told them the back apartment was not a legal one so they decided to open it all up to make it one, huuuuuge apartment. The main area had 1 bedroom, a storage room a big living and dining space and a tiny, tiny kitchen. As well as one area before you got up to the main living space that was a whole wall of an empty closet. That alone was pretty impressive. Add the bachelor apartment in the back (which was a big, updated room with it’s own attached 3/4 bath (no sink!).) They were going to take out the stove and fridge because it couldn’t have it’s own kitchen.
Info: 2 bedrooms, 2 storage rooms, 2 bathrooms, 3rd level of a house (difficult to move large furniture into.)
Rent:$550
Utilities: 1/3 of house
Verdict: They actually didn’t like that we had cats, but said we were their “ideal tenants” and really wanted to work it out with us (paying a pet deposit or something) but it was just way over our intended price range. But I do not regret viewing that one!

Next appointment – from a drive-by the day before.

Apt #9 Union St.
We found out shortly after arriving that there was currently a tenant inside, which isn’t something we’d had to deal with until then. (The attic apartment right before this also had a tenant living in it, but they weren’t home.)
Info: 1 large bedroom (they had a king sized bed in it, with about three feet of space on either side.) It also had a large living space and was in a great area.
Rent: $880
Utilities: Included, additional $30/month for an A/C in the summer
Verdict: We put an app in and really, really liked this place. There were 5 people ahead of us so it was unlikely we were going to get it.
The landlord gave us a flier for another apartment nearby that was renting.

I might have maybe accidentally picked up a piece of furniture that I really loved? It’s fine, friends.

We had an apartment nearby that had been on our list since the beginning. We were supposed to just go in and buzz the super and be able to view it at any time in business hours but we tried that right now and it didn’t work so we had to move on!

Apt #10 Townhouses! Finally!
Info: 2 bedroom, all carpet, washer & dryer in the unit. Nice outdoor space and great, downtown area.
Rent: $600
Utilities: Included
Verdict: Way over our price range

This is where we parked for our next stop. -V1

We drove back to the previously mentioned Mattress Land. We buzzed the super and they said that the only way we could see it was to check it out on View It because there was a tenant and they needed to give them notice. Fail.
We continued driving around the DT area and called a couple of houses that had real estate signs out front, we were able to get into one at 7:30 pm, so we decided to stay around in town until after that. Then we stumbled onto the Medallion building that we had seen on multiple rental sites and wanted to check out.

This was taken from their website.

Apt #11 Medallion
Info: Huge apartment complex (283 units). It was listed as a “1 Bedroom + Den” which means it’s a smaller two bedroom, basically.
Rent: $395
Utilities: Included, except for parking. There is a gym and a movie theatre room in the building.
Verdict: This was THE ONE I WANTED. It was a big mess of trying to get any straight answer from these people and it all fell apart on the weekend, pretty much.

Hey Campbells!

Then it was time for our last appointment, two units in the same building.

Apt #12 Mill St #1
It really felt like this was a studio apartment. The “kitchen” was completely exposed to the rest of the living space, only separated by a strip of linoleum.
Info: 1 bedroom, needed work, laundry in the shed outside, some temporary storage available.
Rent: $115
Utilities: Everything but hydro
Verdict: Eh. We liked it okay, but it wouldn’t be an ideal living space for us.

Apt #13 Mill St #2
This unit was more updated than the last but it was really warm up there!
Info: 1 bedroom, second floor, slanted ceilings.
Rent: $125
Utilities: Everything but hydro
Verdict: If there was one of these we were going to settle into, it would be the other.

So, we left this two day adventure viewing a total of 13 apartments and not feeling very solid about any one, which probably aided in the exhausted feeling we had when we returned. (Spoiler alert: the apartment we end up with is mentioned AGAIN on this day.)

Then we returned to London and had to wait it out. We had a few irons in the fire but, as you can imagine by now, none of them worked out for us. We made plans to go back out there on Dave’s next “weekend.” And that’s where our last batch of apartment hunting comes into play.

Day #3! July 17 – We went into this trip with appointments lined up. We gained knowledge from our first time around and had a better idea of what we were looking for. We spent very little time just driving around aimlessly.

Appointment at 11 am:

Apt #14 Mattress Land
We viewed two units in this building. We liked the second one better; they were iffy on when it would be ready to occupy, although assured us it would be before Aug 15 (our current end of the road, move-out day).
Info: 2 bedrooms on the “ground” level, which is actually a few feet below ground level (advantages: full windows and it’s cooler down there, disadvantages: no balcony or patio space)
Rent: $160 plus parking ($30)
Utilities: Included
Verdict: We were sold! We put in an application.

Appointment at 2 pm:

Apt #15 Dal Basement
Not in our ideal area (didn’t know if it was even on a bus route).
Info: 2 bedroom basement, carpeted, access to the big backyard. Lots of storage space!
Rent: $100
Utilities: 40% of house
Verdict: He wasn’t sure if his wife would be happy about us having cats, so he had to get back to us. (She was okay with it, but on a second consideration we decided to pass on this place)

Appointment between 2 and 3 pm:

That 1 is backwards. It’s a crazy world!

Apt #16 Living the Dream with Bill
Great location!
Info: Top level of a house, cute small kitchen with ~vintage avocado green stove. 1 bedroom plus den.
Rent: $275
Utilities: Included
Verdict: We liked it okay, but it would be a tight move (lots of corners). We kept it on our list but didn’t go any further with it.

Appointment at 3:

Apt #17 J K (I’m counting this one even though we didn’t actually get to see inside of it. Read on…)
I can’t even with this place. We had an appointment at 3 that I set up via text (his preferred method of being contacted). Dave called him at 2:50 to verify and say that we were on our way, he sounded genuinely surprised to be receiving the phone call but still said he would be there shortly. We waited for him on the hottest. day. of the year. (not exaggerating – we even had a couple of police officers on bikes pull up to our car to make sure we were okay) for twenty minutes. He shows up, doesn’t greet us, asks us to wait outside. Then he comes back, shakes our hands and goes inside. We follow up but he’s actually just getting something out of a storage room for the guy working in one of the units downstairs and asks us to wait AGAIN. Then we finally go upstairs to the unit for rent. He knocks…and knocks…and knock… No answer. He unlocks the door. He yells “hello???”…..no answer. Then, finally, we hear “I JUST GOT HOME FROM WORK.” He yells back that we’re here to see the apartment, can we come in or schedule another time? The guy inside DOESN’T SAY ANYTHING BACK. This was the most awkward situation ever so I just turned around and started walking down the stairs. It obviously wasn’t going to happen and it was a huge waste of everyone’s time. We spoke to the owner dude a bit outside, where he wanted us to understand that the guy in the apartment just went through a divorce and it was really hard on him. We told him we drove from London and this obviously wasn’t going to work out so BYE.

Appointment at 4:

Did I mention this happened, ever?

Apt #18 Clarence
This was the place that we got a flier for from the Union St. lady the week before. We had to schedule in an appointment because there was still a tenant.
Info: 1 bedroom
Rent: $160 plus parking
Utilities: Included
Verdict: The guy smoked inside, which was a big downer. The landlady (who, I will note, was super cranky and not pleasant at all) wasn’t too impressed with us needing a co-signer, but was willing to work with us. We filled out a temporary application but never called them/they never called us.

Appointment at 5:

Apt #19 Church St
This was one of the two wait-listed buildings from our first trip, they had an opening so we went to check it out.
Info: 2 bedroom, dining room and eat-in kitchen.
Rent: $349 plus (underground) parking
Utilities: Included
Verdict: It was over our price range, but I’m glad we saw it. The building smelled. Bad.

That is NINETEEN apartments total.

What We Learned:
The closer an apartment is to a Food Basics, the less likely you’ll want to live there.
The more people who are staring at you from their balconies the less likely you’ll want to live there.
Don’t turn down a unit because of the listed price or bedroom numbers, you may be surprised by the amount of space some of these have hidden inside. And, more than once, we were brought into other, unlisted units before leaving.
Try to secure AS MANY appointments as you can. Driving around is only fun for like, a couple of hours. If that was our only plan and we had no back-up appointments/the ability to access rental listings on the go I would have for sure gone mad.

I wont keep you in anticipation any longer:

By now, you may have guessed what The One ended up being? Apartment #14! That’s right, we’re living in Mattress Land! I don’t know how it went from being HA YEAH RIGHT to being THIS IS THE ONE. I guess our expectations changed along the way? And such is life.

We drove up on Tuesday and passed over a check to secure our choice. We should be hearing from them this weekend to find out what our move-in date will be. Until then, I’m back to packing and purging, feeling like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. Until next time, dear readers.

July 21st – Pt. I

First things first, I just want to apologize for the radio silence around here at Broader Borders. These last few days have been absolutely crazy and we are now finally getting back to our regularly scheduled life. Some updates you might be interested in knowing: we were accepted into our #1 apartment choice and have been working through those details for the last few days (stay tuned for a post showcasing all of the apartments we saw before we found The One), we threw a yard sale (what this post is about) AND we threw a Block Party (this will be another follow-up post). Then we spent a day, just the two of us, relaxing at the beach and enjoying some Folk Fest music and eats. I spent today cleaning up the damage done to our apartment after a busy weekend and now, finally, we are back to “normal.” Normal for us, anyway. 🙂

When I say Yard you say Sale. Yard! (Sale!) Yard! (Sale!) I did not take nearly enough photos to properly convey how our yard sale turned out. Here’s the main game plan of what we did to make it happen:

-Have someone convince you to have a yard sale instead of just taking everything to Value Village

-Sign up for the community yard sale happening on the same day as as the block party that you are helping to organize

-Immediately regret the decision to have a yard sale but realize it’s too late to turn back

-Make piles all over the house of items you know are useable and will probably sell

-Decide that you do not care at all about any amount of money you are getting from this sale <— this really helped reduce the stress of the event

-Find someone to be in charge of gathering up the goods at the end of the sale to take to donation so they will not, I repeat: WILL NOT, come back into your house

-Sit in your driveway for an ungodly amount of hours, sweating your life away and wishing you were still sleeping/preparing for the really busy day you have ahead

-Continue regretting your decision to throw this sale and ask people what THEY want to pay YOU for items

-Around 12 pm decide that you are D O N E; have your husband bring your furniture to the backyard and resign to putting up a “FREE” sign on your front door and walk…away…

-Take a shower. Put on your I ❤ OEV volunteer shirt for the block party and get that party started

Here are the very few photos that I did get, revolving around the sale:

That’s not so bad, right?

 

WAIT WHAT. Sorry about the blur, it was a shocking scene and I didn’t take more than one photo.

 

The single photo I got of our Yard Sale.

This is what it looked like after the sale  and block party. Yikes.

We made about $80, which I suppose is pretty good. I still would have just as happily sent everything to VV two weeks ago, but it is what it is. And other phrases that mean exactly what they mean.

Stay tuned for more moving posts and a metric tonne of block party photos.

Packing, Pt I

 

I honestly don’t know how many posts will come of this. I’ve been slowing packing things, but realizing more and more that if we end up getting a much smaller apartment, my desire to keep many of things I am packing will greatly lessen. So, I’ve been working on it, but working on it with caution. And labeling things really well so that if I need to tear through a box to get rid of more things, I have that option.

First, let me show you some progress I made in the bedroom. Heyyo!

First, you may remember this from our home tour?

Just a few days ago, this was our new view:

Thanks to this happening:

p.s. These boxes also contain our DVD collection. The boxes would be too heavy to pack with just books so I topped them each off with something lightweight.

Here’s where the real accomplishment takes place: these are all of the books we’re putting into the yard sale! And to think, we’ve been staring at those over-stuffed bookshelves for this long and didn’t do anything about it. Ahhhhh. Feels nice.

 

It might not look like much but those completely filled up a plastic tote box from the basement. 🙂 And, after a few more days of work (I’ve been trying to pack 3 boxes a day, minimum), she looks like this:

 Those newly packed boxes had to go somewhere! Three from the living room and two from the bathroom.

Combine those with the stack I packed containing books and DVD’s and now our bedroom looks more like this:

I had to pack up half of my closet to shove those boxes in there (there’s another stack behind the one in the front.)

One thing I did accomplish today was going through one of the orange boxes that we use as a coffee table in the living room. These babies fill up with the most random things. I was able to fill a plastic shopping bag with garbage and another one of things for our yard sale. I fit the remainder of what was left into a box, with spare space around it. I failed to take any pictures, but I have three more boxes in the living room that need to be gone through, as well as the bottom of the hutch and four more drawers in our TV cabinet. So, I have a feeling you weren’t missing much.

Here is a current photo of a corner of our living room. There is a bucket with our yard sale books, a bucket with Kijiji items, a mostly-empty hutch and a piece of furniture that I may or may not have taken from the side of the road when we were apartment hunting and I feel bad about it but what can I say, I love it?

 

And some of the empty (or, mostly empty) drawers in the TV unit. Good thing I didn’t pack up all of those Wiimotes; we had a house guest today and the three of us played Mario Kart.

 

Speaking of Kijiji!

I’ve sold 2 items on there (for a total of $25 that I didn’t have before) and I have 2 more items leaving on Monday. (Well, three, if you count the lamps separately). I’ve still got more to add; today I put up Dave’s pre-health science textbooks. If I don’t get any bites on the rest of my goods, I’m dropping the prices dramatically. I want it all gone! And that was today’s edition on: How to Move.

For the curious: we still do not have a new place to move into. 32 days until we have to be out of here. (Ideally, 20 days.) There’s so much pressure I might turn into a diamond. Wish us luck and apartment availability!

Fun Underground, Pt. II

First, I just want to make a note that I had more hits on this blog with Dave’s post than I have with any other posts made. Good job, Dave! Maybe you should get your own damn blog.

Time for an update! We had quite an adventure on Monday and Tuesday, viewing no less than 13 apartments! It was a really exhausting experience; we’ve got a couple of irons in the fire but I wont do a full update until we find out what is going to work out for us. (We should know by this weekend, otherwise we’ll have to go back for Round 2.) In the meantime, here are some other moving updates: I currently have nine posts up on Kijiji with various things. I’ve got a large (and growing) pile of things for a yard sale (scheduled July 21st!) and I’ve got sixteen boxes packed and stacked up in my bedroom. I hope to get some more of those, today.

Now, here’s the second installment of our basement cleaning. You may remember where we left off, with Part 1. What a mess!

This time I requested Rebecca’s help and we spent a solid 3 hours down there, working through each of the boxes in the keep pile, after a short tour of what Dave and I had already done. She helped me sort through clothes and I got rid of at least 30% of what was down there, all of those items went straight to the yard sale pile! Anything that doesn’t get sold will go to Goodwill.

This is the new “Keep” pile. My how you’ve grown! The purple and gray box in the front, to the left, are boxes that are not completely full.

Also I should note that the two end tables stacked up (one upside down), on the right, should be in the “maybe” pile. I love them so much (1960’s Lane) but I may have to leave them behind. They’ll be going up on Kijiji if that happens.

This is our new Yard Sale pile! This pile didn’t exist before, but now it does! That’s what I call: progress.

This is our current “Maybe” file. I’ve got beat-up orange chairs, a small table with two chairs, a worm composting bin, a shovel (let’s hope we don’t need this!) and a huge drumshade.

This is a pile of packing supplies (plastic bags, old towels, empty bins, etc) and my computer box.

And, finally, my dutiful helper. After she stopped playing dress-up with my clothes and changed back into her own!

 

That’s all for now. I’m off to do some more packing and purging!

How to Find an Apartment in 30 Days (or less!)

Although I have done a (very small amount) of prep-work up until this point, I am definitely kicking this show into high gear now that we have entered July. And if you don’t have a basement and/or don’t need to go through a ton of boxes in a storage room, we’re pretty much at the same point, one month out. (Find out how I finished up the basement cleaning with a post coming soon!)

First things first:

Scour Kijiji and become discouraged. A really fancy condo with a sauna, Olympic sized swimming pool, lake views and a gym? Without pictures and with a 1-888 contact number? $700/month. Sounds legit.

Or, this happens:

The only search features I put in were: Peel Region, 2 bedrooms, <$1100

I am about to be 28 years old, I am avoiding living in a basement like the P L A G U E.

Helpful Kijiji Keyword Translator:

“Cozy” = you can touch two walls while standing in one place

“Bright” = fluorescent lighting

“No Pets” = I’m a landlord who doesn’t care about renters rights

“Male/Female/Indian Only” = I’m a landlord who doesn’t care about human rights.

“Legal Apartment” = definitely not a legal apartment

What did we learn?

Your Other Options

Once you’ve come to your senses on where you should be searching, you take one of two better paths for your future:

1) You do a Google search that leads you to mid and high-rise apartment complexes in the exact area you are looking in.

2) You drive around and call numbers on “For Rent” signs.

Because we are looking for  a new place to live from a distance, we need to be heading down Path Numero Uno. At least for our immediate future. I found two great websites to help us along in this search, they are Gotta Rent and View It. I’ll show you below why they work for us. First, I’ll show you the options from Gotta Rent:

These are all of the options that Gotta Rent lets us choose from. It weeds out A LOT of junk. (They also of course have bedroom # and price range)

This is the first page of options that came up.

There were 11 listings that came up after I narrowed it down with each of the options available to us. That may not seem like a lot, but I would be willing to look at every one of them (one has to stick, right?). Here is what happened with View It:

Our search options

Page 1!

As you can see from the top of this picture, it came back with 22 records. That is A LOT of options, that all fall within our desired “wants/needs”. Another cool thing about View It, is that when you click on each of those apartments to view more, it shows you where it is located on the map (which they have just below what you see in the picture.)

Now I just need to make some phone calls and set up a time where we can view our top favorites (top 5…10…?) We’ll see what happens! And I’ll be back to show you how well our internet-searching translated into real life after we visit there in the beginning of next week. Maybe we’ll find the perfect place driving from one to the next after seeing a “For Rent” sign.

Along with that follow-up, future Apartment Hunting posts will feature: Preparing for a Yard Sale and Packing Up the Things You Haven’t Touched in Two Years But You’re Keeping Anyway. And don’t forget, the one thing Kijiji is good for: Selling Things That Are Not Apartments!

Excuse me, I’ve got some phone calls to make!

Fun Underground

Hello world!

If you’re new here (and you must be – because this is my first post), let me start by giving you a little introduction. Dave (my partner) and I are working our way up to a pretty significant move. He is starting a new program this fall, at a new school, in a new city. Since we will be moving away from anyone and anything that we know, I thought that we could start recording it online so our family (near and far) can watch our transition and feel more a part of our everyday life. For more information on who we are and how we got here you can visit the “About” page.

One thing that all of my readers should know is that I am ranked Highly Advanced in the moving department. I have moved no less than 20 times in my 27 years. You know what they say? 21 is a charm!

What’s the first thing you do when you move? You scour Kijiji for approximately 5 minutes, send a link to Dave and BAM!

Three hours later your backseat looks like this.

What’s the second thing you do when you move? You start working your way through your basement, of course! The place where craft projects and broken chairs go to die. It was in the 90sF (30sC) today, so what better place to start? It’s nice and cool down there. The only major problem is spiders, but that’s why I bring Dave with me. We spent 1 hour, almost to the minute, sorting through the boxes.

We made piles that consisted of:

  • Move “As Is”
  • Sort later by Valerie
  • Keep until we find out how big our next apartment will be
  • Donate
  • Belongs to someone else

Our goal was to touch everything 1 time, put it in it’s correct pile and move on. Round 2 will be for purging. Here are some pics to show you (our slight) progress.

Before: Oh my.

Before: under the stairs.

And the afters!

After: our “Move As Is” pile.

The “Sort later by Valerie” pile in the front and the “Keep for now” pile near the back.

We even had two empty bins at one point! And I found a Christmas colored box that had not-Christmas stuff in it and a grey box that HAD Christmas stuff in it. I switched those around and that made my little organizing heart swell three sizes.

Any tips for basement cleaning or how to make the smoothest move? We’re all ears!

Ya’ll come back now, y’hear?!