why does apartment hunting feel like such an overwhelming task? it's really not. you plug in your price range and look at pictures online. but it seems like there's a lot of work to be done. i don't like it. i don't want to apartment hunt, i want to read blogs.
but i am. apartment hunting that is. the rent is going up too much on my current place so i'd really like to find something cheaper. if nothing else i can stay or move into a smaller slightly cheaper (but still overpriced) unit in the same building. so this is not a 'find some place tomorrow or be homeless' situation. but for my ocd, list-making, decisions-must-be-made-immediately and i must begin packing in an orderly fashion personality, it sure seems like it is. (side note, hooray for organization and minimalism, i can get fully packed in probably 2 hours.)
so i've been searching on websites, which is a task that annoys me to no end. i need one giant we have it all website and realtor. i'm sick of e-mails and phone calls from 10 different companies. i hate having things in my inbox. i especially hate that they leave voicemails, you know how i feel about voicemail. of course i cannot take your call at 9:45 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. i have a job, that's how i can afford an apartment. really, a decision just needs to be made because the disorganization of it all is making me angry.
and then there's deciding between finding a place to rent or just sucking it up and buying a condo - because rental payments are basically mortgages here in chicago, it's a huge rip off. i found a few condo buildings, right downtown, and calculated that my monthly payment with a mortgage (plus taxes and assessments) would actually be a couple hundred less than what i'm paying now. does that seem insane to anyone else?
i'm offering this up as a partial reason for being lame this week about reading blogs and responding to comments and e-mails. at some point, i will do these things. but not until an apartment decision has been made, because i like to only work on one thing at a time. keep your fingers crossed for me that a decision will be made by the end of this weekend!