Well, things have taken a little bit of a turn over here. While Michael and I had spent some time recently talking about things like getting a new bed (to move from a full to a queen, which I think would feel giant at this point) and doing some other updates around the house, it now looks like we may have to find a new place.
We’ve been between leases for a while now because our landlord has been hard to reach as far as scheduling a time to resign. This was already annoying, but a couple days ago, we started having water damage in the kitchen again and while we’ve sent urgent messages in a variety of forms, we haven’t heard anything back. Basically, water seeps into the ceiling/upper wall in the kitchen because of some sort of plumbing issue. This had happened in the past but never got repaired (again, it’s hard to get in touch about scheduling things around here), so now it’s happening again.
We went and looked at a couple places today because we were like, well shit, maybe we should just move, it would be much easier to do while not in a lease. Mostly, the places were insanely small or just plain weird. We did find one we like. My only issue with it is that it would be quite a bit further from the subway than we are currently. Michael wasn’t into the layout because it doesn’t really have a designated living room. It’s marketed as a two bedroom and if it was used as such that would mean that the kitchen was the common area. For us, though, we would use one “bedroom” as the living room and have a large kitchen, something I’d be really excited about since the one we have now is so small. The idea of having a table and chairs in a kitchen in New York would be completely new to me. I also just love hanging out in a kitchen (I picture a lot of wine drinking) and this setup would mean that we get that plus a second hang out area with the living room. Andddd it wouldn’t be an open floor plan. I’m not a big fan of those and I think this particular setup could be really cozy.
This sounds pretty great, right? Well, there’s a problem and that’s that I sometimes make rash decisions and am pretty good at talking myself into things — and with something like an apartment in New York where it’s very hard to find an apartment you like within your budget I very easily start feeling like we HAVE to take action fast lest we miss out.
So, here I am sitting in my water damage-y apartment on a Sunday night obsessively thinking about how it would be cool to have the other apartment’s larger bathroom that would allow for more storage or how the fact that it has more closets would mean I didn’t have to use a rolling rack. Plus, there’s the big kitchen… And my mind goes on and on like that.
We haven’t taken any action yet as far as putting down a deposit or deciding we’re definitely leaving here, but we did message our landlord that we would have to go if the issues here aren’t worked out really soon. I’m hoping we will have some sort of resolution tomorrow with it being the next weekday and we can choose what direction in which to move forward. (And hope that the big kitchen apartment isn’t already taken.) (It probably is.)