HEADING TO HEATH: DO WE HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE?
Monday night things looked grim. Yet another landlord had nixed our six-month lease issue and the list of issues with our friend’s house was growing. After we saw it, we realized the house didn’t have a straight-forward answer to our pet issues. My Precious is house-trained to use a doggie door, but the way the house was set up, we didn’t know where we could put it.
That Left the Wylie House
The Wylie house was our only option, if we didn’t rent my friend’s house. When Bill first saw that house in Wylie, he hated the floor plan, but that bad floor plan was looking a whole lot better, now. We had one month, minus one day, to find a place to live.
The Wylie house was within our budget and that counted for a lot. My friend’s house was 10% over our budget and we’d have to maintain the pool. When you’re building a house, budget is very important.
Wylie was also a lot closer to our build. Not only would it take much less time going back and forth, but the gas consumption and wear-and-tear on the car would be less. Oh yes, and we could get there without going on the tollroad – a savings of over $14oo if the build takes six months.
Then there was my puppy. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. She needed a straight shot out her doggie door to her potty space. She’d had that for fourteen years. Even if we had figured a way to route her through a sunroom, we’d never have gotten her all the way around the pool before she stopped to do her business.
All things considered, we had to reconsider the Wylie house, bad floor plan and all. But first, we had to find out if the owner would allow us a six month lease. Tuesday night, we crossed our fingers and called the Wylie landlord.
Then Out of Nowhere!
The Wylie landlord called back with good news on Wednesday morning. While Bill was filling out the application, I got a call out of the blue. An agent I’d talked to on the weekend was calling to let us know her owner had re-canted on the pet thing. I reminded her that we also had the six month’s lease issue. We discussed it a bit and she said her landlord would be a fool not to take our contract. So we decided to go take a look.
It was perfect! We loved the floor plan. It was in our budget. It was three miles from our build. There were several possible doggie solutions. Life was good. We called the agent back and asked her to find out about the six month thing. We only wanted one landlord checking our credit. We take our credit score very seriously.
Euphoria Sets In
We were feeling a whole lot better. We didn’t have an answer yet, but certainly something would work. Wouldn’t it?
Well, “out of nowhere” didn’t work. The agent had been so sure, but not sure enough. I was standing in the grocery store when she called me back and I wanted to throw something. I called Bill and he sent the application to the Wylie landlord.
I didn’t sleep much Tuesday night. Intellectually I knew our credit was great and that we’d be approved, but there had already been so many landmines. I won’t keep you guessing anymore. We were approved. In fact, we’ve moved in and the bad floor plan is a lot better than we thought it would be.
But while we worried about finding someplace to live, a lot more happened. Come back next week and I’ll catch you up with our build and maybe tell you a few moving adventures.