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Moving, What a Pain in the Arse

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Well folks, wanted to drop a line to let everyone know that I’m in the middle of moving. Moving from one house to another can be such a pain in the arse, but it’s something most of us will experience a few times during our lives.

Luckily I’m not having to move too far, I’ll still be in the same town, but sometimes that makes it worse. If I were moving to another state or something like that, then it may seem more worth it to pack everything we own up and move it. But none the less, it’s got to be done.

Landlords Diablo

Unfortunately we’re currently renting the house we’re in. The owners live half way across the country and are apparently in poor health.

So because of these factors, they are wanting to get out from under the rental business and sell their house. So we’ve got about 30 days to vacate the property and get into a new one. That was very nice of them to give us 30 days!!!! ARggh!

At first we were a bit frightened because we weren’t sure where to move to. You see, the oil field business is picking up drastically and there are tons of oil field workers moving into our city. So just about every home and apartment in town is either already rented, or they’re renting within minutes of coming on the market.

We spent several days searching online and through local papers. By the time we could pick up the phone, most places had already rented. Here’s a scary fact, there are people in town that are actually renting out their master bedroom for like $800 a month.

First of all, I would never do this, simply because, can you imagine how strange it would be to wake up to, or go to bed every night knowing a stranger was living down the hall. I just couldn’t do that personally.

But everyone is taking advantage of the fact that people are pouring into town trying to pay money to stay somewhere. There was even one guy that rented out his garage. It was advertised as a place to sleep with a bathroom and a hot plate, he rented it for somewhere around $450 a month.

Now I know many states and cities have normal rent prices in the $1500 a month or more range. But to give you an idea of how ridiculous it is in this town right now. Normally a pretty decent price range for renting a 3 bedroom house was around $700 – $800 a month. Since the oil boom, those prices have risen to at least $1200 a month and up.

Yipee, We’re Moving In

So after many days of stressful looking, we found our property! Some very nice people had advertised a nice 3 bedroom 2 bath house for rent at $1350 a month. Well, it was just slightly out of our price range, but we inquired anyway.

According to them, they’ve done a lot of remodeling and even took out a wall or two to make it a more open floor plan. It has a 2 car garage, nice backyard and they take pets! So Jack is in the clear. For those of you that aren’t familiar with our household pet Jack you can see a pic of him in my thread 8 Tips for Pet Owners to Follow.

So we went to meet the owners of the house and fill out an application. They were extremely nice and were quite excited to have us as clients. They have agencies set up with many business for repairs should something need to be fixed. And they said they will act immediately if something need repair or replacement.

We finished filling out the application and went ahead and put a deposit down for the property, this way no one else can come in and steel it from us. 🙂 So we’re all set, hopefully we’ll be moving in by the 15th of April. They are going to let us pay a half months rent for April instead of having to pay the full month, since we’ll be moving in at the half month mark.  So that’s another thing that was very nice of them to do.

Anyway, we’re quite excited to be moving into this new place, it a bit larger and quite a bit nicer than the one we’re in now, so we can’t wait. Plus it’s going to be closer to my work and all the shopping establishments in town!!! Grocery store right down the street!

So remember, just cause it seems the world is plotting against you at times, things always happen for a reason. I think it was time for a change anyway. I’ve got a lot of packing and cleaning to take care of, so I’ll post again first chance I get. I’ll be back on my normal posting schedule within a couple of weeks, but I’ll still be updating the blog a few times a week until then.

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50 thoughts on “Moving, What a Pain in the Arse
  1. I actually move for a living. All the stuff your talking about, packing, and going through closets, I have to deal with that everyday. So, I definitely feel your pain. I’m glad you were able to find a new place with such a great location. Congratulations.

    1. Thank You, I appreciate the congrats.

      I honestly don’t see how you do it. I would be going crazy if I had to do all this very often. Luckily we’ve only moved about 4 or 5 times since about 1981, but I’m sure it won’t be the last time…lol

    1. Thank you much, sometimes the best write ups come from our personal experience.

      Glad you stopped by, please visit again.

  2. Moving is difficult also because sometimes you love your old house very much and it is difficult for you to get used to a new place.

    1. Yah, that’s very true, I’m hoping this will be a good move for us this time. The house is a bit larger and quite a lot more storage space. But like you said, it will take a little time to get used to things.

  3. We are about to move into a new office for our NCEA English tutoring and NCEA Maths tutoring business in Auckland and Wellington. I also moved house a few months ago. You are totally right, you’ve gotta look around until you feel right about somewhere, and once you do you’ve gotta jump right on it! One thing I learned last time we moved was that you should pack everything up into boxes. We didn’t do that and ended up doing about 10 trips back and forth loading random stuff into the back of the car and piling it up at the new place. This time when we move tutoring offices I’ll pack everything away.


    1. Yah, seems like every time we’ve moved before it was like that. Thousands of little trips running back and forth across town carrying bits of stuff. I made a vow that this time it won’t be like that. I guess we’ll see, but sure trying to get everything in boxes. Thanks for the comment!

  4. I wish you luck on your move. I used to be a truck driver in home removals and I know how stressful it can be for people. If everything is boxed up and packaged away as much as possible, it makes it so much easier on the big day, much safer to transport too 🙂

    1. Hey thanks John! Yah we’re trying to get it condensed to nothing but furniture and boxes for the big day. But you’re right, it is quite stressful, especially with such time restraints. The 16th is the final day so we don’t have much time. 🙁

    2. I completely agree with you John. The last person I went to help had literally nothing packed. Needless to say it was a long and disturbing day, LOL.

  5. Hi Rob,
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    1. Thanks for bookmarking Sean. Right now I’m in the middle of moving from one house to another as you can see. So I won’t be able to post on my regular schedule. But after the 16th I’ll be back on schedule as our move will be complete. Look forward to more encounters with you in the near future. 🙂

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  7. Sounds like you got a good deal from wear I’m sitting. If I could get that kind of deal here in Chicago, I would very excited. But truth of the matter is I’m actually trying to move out west for a change from the mid west.

    1. Yes some regions of the country are outrageous on rent prices. Although normally the salaries vary quite a bit too. One thing is for certain, where ever you live, they make sure to take most of it in living expenses!

  8. Moving is an incredible pain and sometimes moving locally vs. cross country can be more of a pain. It sounds like you lucked out with a great landlord.

    1. Hey thanks for the comment Redman.

      You’re right, sometimes those short moves can seem more stressful than packing up and cruising all the way cross country. I guess it’s just thinking of all the work you had to put in to just driving across town that sucks!

      Luckily we did get a great landlord out of the deal and they’re very good about fixing things immediately when called upon.

      Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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