Unpacking boxes takes an awful lot of work.
My in-laws had come up just to help with the big furniture. After they left we were still left bunches of boxes to unpack.
Additionally, we hadn’t fully moved out of our old apartment. We have a lease that extends until the end of August. There are ways to get out of the lease, but moving somewhere else isn’t really one of them.
We have the option to sublease, but there are tons of people that want to sublease during the summer in Davis. We don’t even have the added benefit of offering a continuation of the lease past August because our apartment complex already found someone for that slot.
So why didn’t we wait until we’d finished the apartment lease before moving into a new home?
It’s mostly because the home is way bigger and a better place to live in. We thought about it prior to moving. Either way we end up paying the same amount of money. The apartment lease is for X amount of months whether we stay in it or not. The house we buy/bought will be Y amount of dollars whether we buy it in March or August.
So we’re not actually paying anymore money than if we’d stayed in the apartment until August. We have to pay MORE now, sure, but the total amount is the same.
I’ve got a decent amount saved up, so paying more now isn’t a huge inconvenience.
In exchange for paying more now we get to live in the house six months earlier. Woohoo!
Living in the new house includes many beneifts, most of which are related to choosing how our new house will be set up.
We get to decide where everything goes in our kitchen and the garage. We get to pick out plants to grow in the backyard. We get to pick out art to go on the walls or to present on shelves. We get to print out more pictures to put on our walls. We get to find places to put all the cat stuff. Stuff that never had a “place” at the old apartment (my wife’s shoes) get a whole new piece of furniture devoted to them.
All the new stuff is super great! And we get to blast music and stomp on the floor and not worry about offending our neighbors anymore. Nobody lives directly under or beside us.
Taking out the trash isn’t a huge trek across the parking lot (100 yards feels huge when you’re carrying 50+ pounds!). The laundry machines are much closer and I don’t have to hoard quarters like a lunatic anymore.
So many cool new things and this is only the beginning!