Master has been in California for three full days now. The countdown to moving day is on and the only thing that might keep us from moving out to Cali on time (March 11th) is finding a place to live that suits all our needs (and our budget!).
I’ve been browsing the rental homes on several different sites. It turns out that Master likes the feel of cities south of San Francisco more than he liked the feel of the Berkeley area. “Pick something between San Jose and San Francisco” he tells me on Friday evening. “It shouldn’t be too hard, there are a lot of great areas out here that seem to be what we’re looking for.”
Yeah. Right. Except when you add two dogs (one small and one large) and a cat, and the fact that we need GREAT schools for our kids, oh and don’t forget the budget… GAH! I feel like pulling my hair out already and I’ve only been looking for two days!
Yes, there are some REALLY nice homes, and some fairly good schools, but at the same time, I’m here, in Texas, miles and miles from the area we’re looking to move. Master doesn’t really have a lot of time to devote to house hunting (we’re going to rent for at least the first year or two, until we’re more comfortable with the area. This gives us plenty of time to find “the perfect house for us”).
Then there are some homes that have EVERYTHING we could possibly ask for…. and they come with about $5,000 OVER our housing budget. I’ve put out a few emails to Realtors in the area asking for help locating something, but with a 30 day window it’s starting to really stress me out.
I know next to NOTHING about the San Francisco area. I only know what the internet tells me and I’ve never been one to trust the internet too much. You can make any place SOUND perfect, but it’s different when you’re actually there and able to get a feel for it yourself, or when you have friends out there that can help out and give you pointers.
“Lost” does not even begin to describe the cold fear that has encircled my entire being lately. “Freaking the fuck out” is probably more accurate. I absolutely hate moving. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t WAIT to move, but I just want everything to be done already so that all I have to stress about is “do we want to keep this or toss it or give it away?” and “Damn, low on paper plates. Do I buy more or just hope that this bundle lasts another 35 days?”
Deep breath. In. Out. I feel totally frustrated. I keep wanting to snap at Master. “Do you know how hard it is to find a house that will take ALL our pets, is in a good neighborhood, has great schools, is close to Caltrain, and is in our budget?!” I want to shout at him. But of course he knows, he’s looking too (when he can). And it doesn’t help that I’m a very “hands on” kind of person.
Oh and side note (sort of): If you list a house on Craigslist, and you check the little boxes that say “Cats okay: meow” and “Dogs okay: woof” that means you’re accepting pets, so don’t put “NO PETS” in huge letters under the pictures. That or don’t check the damn boxes! GAH!!
I took some time off this past weekend to watch the Superbowl, take the kids to the park and the dogs to the dog park and try to just relax, but the countdown in my head is nearly impossible to ignore. We had a blast at the dog park on Sunday though (more on that tomorrow). We came home in time for me to get dinner started and to watch the Superbowl (well the second half of it anyway) and I got back on the computer to keep searching for a new place to live. I spent so much time looking at places online that I wound up burning the hell out of dinner (and it was a cheesy chicken and rice dish, so the whole house now smells like burned rubber. Melting, burned cheese puts of the most terrible smell, and it takes FOREVER to make that smell go away).
((Sigh)). I feel like I’m stressing over nothing, and yet I can’t seem to stop, slow down or allow myself to relax enough to do other important things like SLEEP. So here I am. 11PM and I’m still browsing rental homes, trying to convince myself to just give up and go to bed already. I need to be well rested or I’ll spend the next week in tears and snapping at everyone and ending it with a migraine headache.
That’s where you all come in. Out of 4,000+ readers (though only about 10% of you actually read my blog daily) I figure there has to be SOMEONE who knows someone who knows someone…. basically I’m looking for help.
Here’s what we’re looking for in a house:
- Pets allowed. (We have a small chihuahua mix, a medium sized Lab mix – he’s not even 40 pounds yet, and a cat who spends her days outside but sleeps inside at night).
- Great schools. Bella is in middle school and Star is in elementary school. Since we’re going to be renting, I know that we will be moving again in a year or two. Ideally, I’d like to find an area that is so “perfect” that we wind up buying a house in that same area (this way the kids don’t have to change schools AGAIN so soon)
- Close to the Caltrain. Master will probably be biking from the house to the Caltrain, so we need something within 5 miles of whatever you call the place that you get on the train at. (Station?)
- 4 bedrooms or more, and under $7,000 a month ($7,000 is our MAX amount that we can afford to pay easily. We can go up from there, but then it won’t be as easy to save up a down payment for a home in a year or two — unless Master gets a REALLY great raise but we can’t count on money that is only a possibility.)
- And it would be NICE if the house has a BIG kitchen. I can deal with a smaller kitchen for a year but if I don’t have to, I prefer not to.
If you know someone who is in the real estate business in that area, and is willing to help us find a rental home, feel free to email me their info. Or if you’re renting a house (or know someone who’s renting a house) that accommodates all our needs, contact me! My email address is:
(Yes it’s a real email address, no it’s not connected to any banks or anything so don’t go getting any crazy ideas. I have enough crazy in my life right now, so hah. Lol)
Thanks in advance! And I REALLY hope we can find a new home FAST! I don’t want to have to stay behind longer simply because we haven’t found anything yet :(
Until Next Time,