Well, we looked at an apartment this morning. It is so much nicer looking than the one we saw last night. It's also about $70-80 more a month than what we're paying now, and what we'd pay for the place we saw last night. But, it's got one more bedroom than the cheaper place, is air conditioned, and it's much lighter and newer looking. It has a laundry/storage room too. The other place had a dryer in the dining area, and a washer in the bathroom
. The pros for the smaller apartment are the cheaper price, it's still walking distance to my job, and it has covered parking.
We don't really need
the extra space, and I feel sort of frivolous for being so willing to pay more for a little sunlight and a nicer feel when we really want to be able to save up for a house in the future, but man I want this apartment! When I told the woman managing the larger apt. my baby was due this week she said they'd be willing to let us move some things in before we started paying rent, so we could move a little more gradually, but not have to pay rent in two places at once. We filled out the application and are emailing it in today. Those always make me nervous, as dh is self employed (successfully for the past 4 years) and I worry that a family renting their basement would feel more at risk when our income isn't from a "regular" job. Of course, so far, dh's business doesn't seem to be at risk in the current economy. The people he contracts with need his services to be able to operate legally and efficiently, and there's nobody else out there that can even really provide the services he does. It's just that I've learned that being self employed can be sort of stigmatized when applying for loans/rentals etc.
Boy, I'm just rambling now. But oh I'm crossing my fingers that this is the place for us! It will be much easier to plan the move once we have a definite date and place.