|james gulliver hancock|
we decided against buying at the moment but hope to purchase in the next couple years (wherever we may be).
the problem with renting is always the wasted money, and leases can be very tricky. for example, here's a tip: before signing a lease find out what their policy is about relocating for your job. just simply breaking a lease is one thing, but when you must do so because your livelihood is taking you hundreds of miles away they should have a grace policy in place. in our case in atlanta, we were going to be faced with owing three (count 'em) three months rent, job or no job. granted the rent there is much cheaper, but that is a large chunk of change. we were forced to deal with the horrors of finding a subleaser (we were lucky they at least allowed that).
i also despise complex living. i have reached that point in my life where i don't want to be around tons of people living in a shoebox area. and the parking? forget about it.
but there is a silver lining: we were lucky to stumble across a unique situation. it's a small community of just townhouses for rent. ours, one of the few available units left (and yes we double checked that this was true... to avoid pressuring sales tactics), is a brick front with a two car garage and is on the edge of the community facing out to a dead end, quiet street. there are shrubs, a little gate and tree lined sidewalks - all maintained by the property management company. we are definitely excited after all the apartment living.
so, yes, we are renting, but it's the best decision for us right now.
i can't wait to start the projects and painting! we move in friday, and the husband leaves for training in california on sunday... for two weeks. i am going to miss him but will have plenty to keep me busy. posts on the house to come...