September 21st, 2004

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I have decided...

I am going to move house.

Now to anyone who knows how much I like this place, this will come as a bit of a surprise. I originally had no intentions of moving for the next five to ten years, but...

I have changed my mind.

First reason is my health. This house is too cold in winter, and too hot in summer, aggravating my back in both seasons. This means that the only time my back has a rest is spring and autumn, and we don't really get much of that here.

Secondly is money. $300 a week is too much to be paying for me on my own. While I can afford it (and have for a while) I'd rather not. There is a lot of other things I would rather spend my money on.

Thirdly is that this house needs help. It's old, and parts of it are falling apart. While it's nothing major, to get everything fixed would probably result in a rent increase. There are also issues in that there is no under cover parking, no bathtub, the electrical system is basic (and only just able to cope with me), etc.

So, I'm on the lookout.

I was going to say that I don't like units, but I've had a bit of a reconsider about it. One of the things I thought I didn't like about units was that I have found that you tend to not know your neighbours in units where as you do in a house with a real neighbourhood, but I'm not so sure about that. I have no idea who any of my neighbours are, but that might be the fact that all my neighbours are blocks of units, and mostly Asian uni students who don't speak English. Plus I did get along well with one of the neighbours on the last block of units I was in.

I think my issue with units is two-fold. Hearing the neighbours through the walls I can't stand, and I would want an outside area of some sort (balcony, back yard, etc) that's accessible from the place.

I would like polished wooden floor, near the city (Milton to Indooroopilly area, or Kelvin Grove area perhaps) and I want to be able to have pets.

Please excuse me. I am rambling. I get like this at time. I have decided I have fallen into a rut, and I need to get out of it. Moving is the first step.
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The situation

A number of people have suggested that I look at buying rather than renting.

Unfortunatly, that is not to be.

I am a master at the great art of self-deception, and once again, I have screwed myself over without ever realising it. I can't afford $300 a week.

I originally moved into this house nearly four years ago (November 18, 2000) with Wayne. We had both decided to move into a better house together than either of us could afford on our own. When we moved in the rent was $290 a week, $145 a week each, which was at about the top of the range that I was willing to spend.

We lasted for about 18 months before Wayne pissed me off enough to kick him out of there. I should have moved at that point, but I was on a lease until November, so I couldn't really (unless I broke the lease, something that I didn't want to do).

November came around, the lease ended, the real estate sent me another lease agreement and I signed it (and accepted the rent increase to $300 a week) simply because since I had been doing it for the last six months I must be able to afford it, right? Plus it was easier that thinking about moving, and going through all the hassle of that.

Also, this was before I started going to the Chiropractor, and actually getting better, so I was in an almost constant state of pain and just wasn't thinking.

Of the two years since, about half of it was with Nicole or Nicole and Perrin, and while they were there the place was lot more affordable. They paid half of the rent (two of them in one room, I didn't think was reasonable to charge them two thirds, but I felt that one third was two little, so half worked out well). The problem is that once Wayne left, and once Nicole and Perrin left, I was used to paying the rent (in both cases they gave me their share and I paid the rent) so it didn't occur to me that I couldn't afford it.

At the moment I am "breaking even". Unfortunatly, I don't want to break even. I am in more debt than I really want to be, and the only way I am going to get out if it is by getting rid of one of the biggest money sinks in my life, and that is the house. Rent, plus electricity (you try keep a house like that warm in Winter, and cool in summer without having a huge electricity bill) eats up a lot more of my money than it should.

Plus, with another set of units going in across the road from me, I really don't think I want to live in that area any more.

Currently I'm thinking of $150 a week in rent, possibly up to $200 if it's something really good, but it would have to be really, really, good.

I've thought of the option of sharing a house again, but the simple truth is that I am a horrible person to live with (control freak and trust issues), so that's unlikely.
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So much for that idea...

I just had a bit of a browse on realestate.com.au, and if it's anything to go by, my chances of getting a house close to the city for less than $200 a week are somewhere in the vicinity of buckley's to none!

My choices look like they're going to be move further out, or a unit (and ever they tend to be expensive).

Bugger.
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