I might be moving at the end of the month. We are having a drought in California, and our landlord insists that we keep our lawn green. This means that my water bill is now OVER $300 every other month. Rents are going up in town, and after reminding our landlord that our lease is ending, she hinted that if we renewed, our rent would probably go up. After looking at our water bill, we just don't think that's worth it.
Our living situation (or lack there of) has started to make us think about our futures quite a bit. What is important now, what do we want a year from now, what changes will we make in the meantime in order to reach our goals... Needless to say we've had a few big talks about this, and probably aren't done yet.
Since we don't have any definite word from our current landlord, and we both think cutting down our expenses even more couldn't hurt, we are exploring other options. Right now, we have a 3bed/2bath home, with a 2 car garage and yard. We are going to have to downsize quite a bit unless we want to spend more on our living situation.
We agree that 2 bedrooms are a must. Everything above that would be awesome, but not likely. My other sore spot is that most of our options will have shared laundry at best. I purchased my washer/dryer a year ago and I don't know if I can go back. That's where Man Panda comes in... He'll have to be in charge of most of the laundry if we don't have our own machines.
Tomorrow we are going to go look at this little gem, which I am SOOOO in love with. It is small, but super cute, and comes with a little out door space. It's ground level (neither of us want to deal with stairs during the move) and is part of a small (4 units I think) complex. It is also in a part of town that I like-- just two blocks from Balboa Park.
As you can tell, I am already sold. I mean I do have some questions, and I do need to see it in person, but the living room alone makes me want it.
We've got a few other rentals to check out in person on our list... and who knows, maybe our current landlord will surprise us and not raise the rent in an attempt to have longer term, great, non fussy tenants. But I have a feeling this won't be the case. Also, I'm kind of keen on leaving the suburbs for some place at least slightly more lively.
A cheaper place is now a priority, because like the rest of the world, we'd both really love to move into working for ourselves. For him, I think this is an especially feasible goal. He's been quite successful at doing side work as a videographer and photographer, mostly through just word of mouth. With more time (no full-time day job) and effort, I think he could get to the point where he matches his current income in under a year. It might not be easy, but I think with each others support, we can make it happen.
For the time being, I am willing, even happy to sit back while we both focus on his goal, because I know he'll do the same for me when it's time. I also think his will be a bit easier to accomplish, and also provide a bit more financial stability (regular, dependable income) than mine will. In some ways, my skills can also assist in growing his business, making this a true team effort.
I think we are both kind of tired of moving, and would like to stay somewhere a while. I hope we can learn to live with less "stuff" and feel settled in a neighborhood that we both love. One that we are both inspired by. The current landlocked suburb we live in is not ideal, at least for me. I feel my inspiration being drained a little more each day.