|This was my home screen for the last week.|
I scoured a ton of apartment finding websites this last week. None compared to PadMapper, which takes listings from Craigslist and its own apartment postings and puts those places on a clickable map. So great.
2. "Cozy" is a common descriptor in apartment listings.
And it means "this garden apartment has no windows and your 6 foot husband will hit his head on every door frame."
3. You can learn a lot about a place through the features most prominent in its ad.
When the Craigslist title says "HOT WATER INCLUDED FOR FREE!!!!" you know said apartment has very little going for it.
4. Your housekeeping skills really aren't that bad. Really.
I cringe at some of the places we saw, because if this is what it looks like when you know someone is coming to see it, then how bad is it the rest of the time?
5. "Vintage" is likely to be more shabby than chic.
Take it from someone who has lived in a (well-loved but quirky) vintage apartment for several years.
6. If it looks too good to be true, it usually is.
Not always (our current place really is an amazing deal). But usually, yes. In one week I've seen crazy slanted floors, possible big mold issues, and a building in foreclosure.
7. Scammers be a'scammin (and they're not particularly good at it).
Yes, I figured the two bedroom for $500 in Wrigleyville was a scam, but it didn't hurt to email, right? "Joe Balls" wrote me back a very long, sweet-yet-frequently-mispelled story about how he was leaving the country and just wants someone to care for his perfect place that includes every luxury perk imaginable for the time being. And unfortunately, you can't see the unit but would you like to rent it any way?
What do you think? Should I write Mr. Balls a check?
8. God can show Himself to you through a totally unwanted move.
I can't resist moralizing a bit here because God has been so, so unbelievably good to us through the craziness of this last week. I've seen Him in the tears shed as I mourned our tiny home by the tracks, in the wisdom of my family members as they counciled us, in the timing of this move that is turning out to be far more perfect then I could have imagined. And I know I will see more of His work in our lives in the little place just a mile from here, which we signed a lease on last night. I want to share His goodness with anyone who will listen right now.
We're getting a yard. Just in time for spring.