I am happy to report that we will not be homeless in Rapid City.
Not that I actually thought that would happen, but I will admit that I flew into a quasi-panic the other day when I realized two things:
- How close our moving date is
- The fact that we had no idea where we would be living
Tara and I are compatible as hell, but we do have different approaches to life. I’m more of a planner, while she prefers to fly by the seat of her pants. Sometimes this is a good thing; turning down random dirt roads like we did last weekend can lead to adventure. But when you are pulling up stakes and moving 1,250 miles away, I personally think it’s important to know you will have a roof over your head. Some things you just don’t leave to chance, ya know?
We booked a Super 8 Motel in Rapid City for six nights, with the vague plan of having a list of places we wanted to look at when we got there. But I was never comfortable with this, because too much could go wrong. What if there was no availability? What if we did not qualify for a lease due to underemployment? People kept asking me for a forwarding address, and when I couldn’t give them one, I became a nervous wreck.
Luckily, Tara got scared, too. She suggested a few days ago that maybe it would be a good idea to have a place all lined up before we hit the road after all.
So I jumped on Craigslist, like, right that second. Spent a few hours combing through rentals. I was looking at everything: apartments, townhomes, houses, teepees. Nothing was off the table. The only real requirements? They had to be cat-friendly and have at least two bedrooms. As much as we want to buy a house NOW, we’re going to need some time to settle in, and I assume we’ll have visitors. A/C was high on the list of amenities as well; ours went on the fritz here and we were without for a couple of days this week. That was unpleasant enough, and we live in the temperate PNW. If you want me to admit that I’m a hot weather wimp and spoiled, FINE.
I found a place that looked promising enough. It’s a condominium complex on the far western side of town, practically right up against the Black Hills – where we want to be. The units are two stories, so you don’t have to worry about noisy neighbors upstairs. They’ve got A/C, allow pets, and there’s a 28-acre park and wilderness area right across the street, complete with hiking trails. So we filled out the application this morning, paid a processing fee, and consented to credit and background checks.
Within 30 minutes, I got a phone call from the leasing agent letting me know we were approved. And wouldn’t you know it, they have a 2-BR unit available on our desired move-in date, June 25. The day after we arrive. She quoted me a price that was a little higher than we wanted to pay for a 12-month lease, but they had a special going on: sign on for one extra month, and the rent dropped $73 a month, perfectly in our price range. So we took the plunge and put down a deposit to reserve the unit. For the first time in my life, I have an actual address in Rapid City, South Dakota!
Suddenly, there’s a HUGE burden lifted off my shoulders. Granted, renting a place sight unseen requires a leap of faith, but with Google maps – especially satellite and street view – it practically feels like I’m strolling through the neighborhood. And it looks pretty nice. Even if it isn’t, well, we’re only on the hook for 13 months. After that, we’ll be good and ready to buy a house. Oh, and best of all, our rent is $600/month less than we are paying here.
I knew there was a reason we decided to move to the Midwest!
Countdown: 28 Days
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Great to see that all the stars are aligning in your favor!
They do seem to be falling into place nicely, don’t they, Pamela? I guess it helps that we’ve been planning this for almost a year now!
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So happy to see that things are working out! We know that area very well! Bruce’s parents had a house not far from that complex and park. We walked the trails 🙂
Oh, I’m so glad to hear that, Carol! I was a little apprehensive, but it looks pretty nice. With all the walking I do, I’m thrilled that there are hiking trails right across the street. I’m going to get to know that area inside and out, I’m sure!
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See, what did I tell you…it ALL WORKED OUT, MARK!
The place looks AWESOME! And how awesome that it’s cheap than what you’re paying now.
*cheers and congrats*
Thanks, Ron! You’re right….you called it. Whew! Hope your move is as easy as ours and everything falls into place equally well. 🙂
This is such great news! Being a planner, even I was feeling a bit nervous for you! LOL!
I have to say, that place looks really nice!!! Isn’t it great to be able to check out everything on Google maps? I’m glad you’ll have some good places to walk nearby. Perfect!
It sure makes things a lot easier than the last time I did a big interstate move, from CA to OR, in 1994!
Bet you feel huge stress relief. Sounds like cool place, maybe rent rather than buy ?
Yessir. We’re renting for 13 months before taking the plunge. Unless we win the lottery sooner.