On Day 41, I culminated a 3-day apartment search.
I met a couple brokers to begin (and hopefully) end the search for my new apt.
As to be expected… the process was frustrating and nail-biting fun.
In order to make it harder for myself (I like a good challenge), I gave myself 72 hours to find myself a new apartment (in a brand new city), turn in an application and sign a lease (not to mention explore different neighborhoods, visit with friends and get some work done….)
Piece of cake!
3 hours into this day I was ready to call the search off. Apartment 1 had walls that didn’t meet the top of the ceiling. Apartment 2 reeked of cigarettes. Apartment 3 was built in 1961 and had a kitchen fit for a pre-world war I exhibit.
By the end of the day, I was rethinking any sort of move and wondering which part of “new apartment with nice kitchen” was misunderstood.
Morning of day 2 I tried to give myself a pep talk (key word “tried”) and did my best not to put broker number 2 in a choke-hold and list out my demands.
7 buildings and 20 apartments later, I was seeing spots resembling kitchen and bedroom layouts and trying to remember which unit I liked more than the others. My state (and the broker’s mood) could be explained by the following behavioral issues:
- Trying to take naps in “model” apartments
- Eating a larger fraction of snacks than normal at every building (Lollipops! Goldfish! Cookies!)
- Staring blankly when asked where I live now
- Haggling with building managers
- Asking “inappropriate” questions about building demographics (what is the male to female ratio and how many males between the ages of 25-32?)
I may have had froot loops in my head by the end of the day, but I knew that I had seen some awesome units that might make my new apartment dreams come true.
By 5pm on day 3, I had an apartment.
Yes, I had spoken to everyone I knew on the phone. Yes, I had a friend look over every single layout and make a pro/con list for me (typical friend duty).
The end result was complete success and excitement for a new apartment and a move to a new city.
(Now just have to make some decorating decisions)