Sunday, January 6, 2013
Now taking applications for a guy to do...well...everything!
We're apartment shopping once again. I/we like where we live, but since they built a new complex just to our south, we have no view anymore. As expected our rent is going up a little....not a killer....but to me it's worth less without the view we once had.
The biggest factor leading us to look around is that K has said she wants an apartment with a patio / balcony. We have a beautiful little private courtyard surrounded by balcony units, but none are available now. So off we went yesterday to see what our options were elsewhere. We went to four different communities, two of them really nice, but trying to sync what they'll have available when we want it is tough. And the thought of physically packing and moving again....UGH!!
I did some rough calculations last night and it looks like me just building something for us is the way to go. It would cost us less than renting. 'Course, after I figure in the cost of having a guy come in to mow, edge, hedge trim, fertilize and water, rake leaves, wash the windows, clean out the garage, paint, take out the garbage, change light bulbs, change a/c filters, and sweep the porch, it would probably be pretty much even. (Yes, I've totally embraced this "retirement" thing.)
Building a new home is also the carrot we need hanging in front of us in order to save more money. Just by eating one less meal out and thinking twice before buying things like we normally do I figure we've saved at least $100 this weekend. We can probably put aside another $5,000-$10,000 this year if we keep this up.
Hey...that might get us a pretty nice couple days vacation in Aspen. Sweeeeet! ;)