I am starting to think that we are not supposed to move out of our current place of residence. Yes, it is home for now, but due to multiple maintenance issues I would rather leave and find something else to live in.
We have been here for 3.5 years and every since we moved in there have been a number of maintenance issues. We have documented these issues, and taken photos that we have used to communicate to the slumlord with. Despite my best efforts in getting these things resolved all the slumlord is interested in is their rent checks.
I know that if I wanted to, I could put their feet to the fire and force them to fix the maintenance problems. Instead of doing that I would rather just expend the energy necessary to find a new place to live and get out. Since October of 2013 Katy and I have spent hours pouring over the Craigslist Ads for homes.
Sometimes it is not what you know, but whom you know, and timing. In November of 2013 I learned of a friend of the family that had a home for rent. I figured because we have 3 dogs and 2 cats that the owners would not want to rent to us so I never pursued it. Then the homeowners who were right down the street from us pursued us, and assured us that the pets were no issue.
We worked out all of the details and issues and were set to move in before Thanksgiving. That is when we began to box our stuff and prepared to move. One thing led to another and as the story goes the moving plans began to unravel. Come to find out the woman owner had so much craziness going on she could have been on the Dr Phil show. Long story short, her townhome was in the beginning phases of being under foreclosure by the bank.
So, we backed out of that madness and went back to searching Craigslist for a place to stay. After all, more than half of our stuff was in boxes and we were determined to leave. On one of our trips to Goose Creek to look at a rental we decided to stop by one of our friends house that we have not seen in 4 or 5 years. One thing led to another and we are eating lunch with this couple and getting caught up. They told us of a property they were in the process of buying and asked if we would be interested in renting it from them. We all thought it as a God thing. Of course we were interested. After looking at the property we worked out all of the details and were set to move in on January 4th.
We spent the rest of December boxing up the rest of our stuff and made plans to move out. If you have ever moved before you understand the logistical nightmare that it can be coordinating all of the details. I guess you could say that from our last experience Katy and I are a bit gun shy of the whole ordeal, so we kept trying to get confirmation from our friends who never returned our calls. We wound up talking to the current owner of the property, and got more details from him about how the sale was progressing or not progressing. The new buyers, aka our new landlords, went out of town during the Christmas holidays and were not answering their cell phones or returning messages.
We found out about a week before January 4th that the closing had not happened and the current owner would not be out of the house until around the 7th of January which pushed our move out to the 11th. Ok, that is fine, we are flexible. January 11th rolls around and we are loading up the car with our first load of stuff and were to meet the new owners at the new location. As I am loading the car I get a communication from the new owner stating that the closing is not supposed to happen until the 15th and that we can’t move in yet.
Needless to say, I was mad as a wet hen. Now I am wondering if the magical closing is ever going to happen at all. I am also wondering if the new owners knew that the closing had not happened how were they going to let us move into a home that was not theirs yet?
We are on a monthly lease where we are, so I can continue to pay rent here. We like the property and location of the new place in Goose Creek but after our conversations yesterday it is doubtful that we will be moving in. Once again, there is too much drama and unexpected weirdness going on.
We are back to square one with all of our belongings boxed up and we still want to get out. Now we have to start the process of looking all over again. I am not looking forward to that madness either. One of the problems with Craigslist is that there are more commercial ads from realtors and property managers than there are from owners. We seem to have better luck with talking directly to the owners because they are more apt to work with you on pet deposits or other issues.
I think that the next time we find something we like we are going to confirm that they actually own the property and are able to make arrangements with us that they will keep without any drama. I am so tired of drama.