It seems hard to believe, but I've been at my new job for six months. For the most part, it's going okay. I'm finding that I enjoy the management aspect, though it does have it's downside. But, that's part of working and life.
The decision though has to do with my apartment. There are things that I like and things that I don't. For the most part, the space is okay. I'm very used to living in a smaller space and kind of like it. However, I'm not liking the carpet or the split floor plan. The fridge has it own set of issues. Top of the list, though, is the noise. This is probably the most poorly constructed place I have ever lived. It's not horrible, horrible, but still. I hear people talking in the unit next door, the dog running upstairs, water hitting tubs (not just the water in the pipes), and the freight trains rattle the building. Actually, I'm okay with the trains, but they run all the time and the big ones sound and feel like that are about to come through the house. Being on the second floor in a poorly built building means that I can't do the workouts I want to, because it just pounds. Seriously. I know this because of what I hear above me.
So, about six weeks ago, I started looking again. All of the apartments I looked at just made me realize that this is still better suited for me. There was one brand new that I liked, but it was more rent and I just couldn't see that. There are fees that get added on around here that amaze me. My favorite is $8 month for trash or as I look upon it, $8 a month for the privilege of walking my trash to the dumpster.
Then I saw a posting for a new townhouse in one of the smaller towns around where I live. Bigger and less money. I went to look at it last weekend and yesterday. I almost didn't go. I didn't want to like it. Didn't think I wanted a two story and what single person needs three bedrooms. Alas, I liked it. I've not totally committed (though I'll do paperwork this weekend) because it's different than what I've lived in for the past four and half years. The two smaller bedrooms are really small. Which is fine with me. The kitchen is not open to the living area, but I think I could adjust. I would have to supply the refrigerator, but after spending almost five years with a really basic fridge and now one that randomly freezes items (doesn't matter where the item is, everything is fair game), I'm kind okay with that.
Still, I have some doubts about two much space, but less rent and a great workout space are appealing. If I do this, I'll make the big move over Thanksgiving as it's not quite done yet. The picture below is the living room view from the kitchen/dining room(which I like because I put a desk/work area in there and I would like that).