How much is moving worth?
Late last week, Mrs. Stew found a rental that had just come open on Craigslist and called to find out more details. A few days later, we drove over to see the place. It was not terrible, some things we liked, some things we did not like. Let me lay out the pros and cons to see what you think:
Good things about our current place:
More space: The finished square footage between our current duplex and the possible new location is about the same, however, our current place has an unfinished basement that is suitable for the kids to play and even sleep. This is a big advantage.
Garage: We do not park in the garage because it is difficult to open the car doors in it, but it is a great place to store camping equipment, the kids bikes, the grill, etc.
Appliances: The rental comes with a washer and dryer.
Neighbors: We really could not ask for a better set of neighbors on all sides. They look out for our children and we have pleasant conversations. There has been almost no friction in over two years of living here.
Bad things about our current place:
Rent: It is too high.
Fence: The yard is quite large, but there is no fence around it. Our six and seven-year olds are fine, but the three year old really cannot be outside without a parent. It is just too easy to wander off.
Carpeting: The carpets in our current place were not replaced when we moved in. They are badly stained and we still catch whiffs of cat odor from time to time, especially when the house is closed up for a day or two.
Good things about the new place:
Rent: We could save around $200 a month, plus there are opportunities to further reduce the rent if I help with snow shoveling or other odd jobs. This is really a lot of money each month.
Cleanliness: The new place has brand new carpeting and has a fresh coat of paint.
Location: There is a park across the street and an elementary school about a block away.
Bad things about the new place:
Timing: Can we really pull a move together during my busiest time of year and before September 1st?!
Garage: There is no garage, only open, off-street parking. No place for my scooter and no place for the kids bikes, etc.
Neighbors: I think we would get along with the new neighbors would be fine, but the neighborhood is not quite as nice . . .
Space: The new place simply has less space. The number of rooms is about the same, but without our current large, unfinished basement (that we like alot), there simply will not be the same amount of room. We will have to rid ourselves of a lot of stuff or rent a storage space. The yard is also much, much smaller, although there is a fence.
Appliances: We will need to purchase a new washer and dryer. I think we should be able to get a decent pair on Craigslist for under $500.
I guess it really gets down to the value of $200 a month. Is it worth leaving our good neighbors, our big yard and our garage? What do you think?
Article by Stew
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