Yes, we are going to be out of our apartment by the end of next month and into a duplex with a small yard. I'll explain a little bit about how we found this place because it took months to find it.
We started looking for a new place to live way back in July because our lease was up at the end of August. We already knew that we weren't going to renew the lease and we ended up going month to month until now. We wanted to get something with a little bit of a yard because Oscar really needs a place to potty of leash. He absolutely hates going to the bathroom on leash and that's what he has to do here. It's also really hard for me to take him out potty all the time when Louis isn't home because if Zachary's sleep schedule. I hate it and Oscar hates it. Sadie doesn't really care because she just uses the litter box. Also, we currently don't have a washer and dryer in our apartment and it is a pain to try to get it all done during the day. I have had back problems in the past and still have issues every once in a while. It hurts a lot when I have to carry Zachary and the heavy laundry baskets + laundry soap. Sometimes I have to wait until Louis gets homes so that I can leave Zach at the apartment with him. Louis can't really help with it right now because he is either working or doing schoolwork. Those were the two big things for us.
Finding a place that had yard and washer/dryer in our price range was easy. It was harder to find a place that allowed pets. We found a couple of place but we were close to getting them but didn't because someone else did. It was very frustrating and seemed endless at times. I had even started putting ads on craigslist under the "Housing Wanted" section since August but nothing came of it. Then, a few weeks ago, I re-posted the ad and got an email the next day. This time it was from a woman who had a duplex that would be ready on the 15th of November. It's 1020 sf with 2 beds and 1 bath and it has a shed in the back that can be used for storage. We looked at the place and it looks really nice. Some things have been updated like the kitchen and some flooring. Some parts would need to be fixed but the landlord was okay with us fixing things ourselves if we brought it up to her before we do it. Examples: the carpet will need to be replaced because it is starting to fray in some places and Zach would have fun pulling at it. She is going to clean the carpet before we move in though. Also, the bathtub will eventually need to be replaced as the surface has been worn off in places. These are fixes that we can make is she pays for the materials.
We have signed the lease and will get the keys on the 14th. I am looking forward to this new chapter in our lives.
Oh, I almost forgot the most important reason for moving! We wanted to get into a better neighborhood to raise our kids in. In the last 3 months there has been a robbery at the bank a block from our apartment, a friend in the neighboring apartment got her apartment broken into, and just last week there was a stabbing at the apartment complex next to ours, We don't like going out for walks during the day because there are creepy people out there and we NEVER walk alone at night in our parking lot because there are even creepier people out at night. Police are at our apartment complex several times a week and it's very unsettling. We want to feel safer in our own home and this duplex will do just that. It's in a great little neighborhood that won't have drug addicts walking around all over the place.