Trials and Tribulations of Moving:
When Dale first approached me about possibly blogging for PRP, she thought having a recent graduate write about the “trails and tribulations” of moving would be a good topic. It feels like a unique time to tell you about my moving experience when most of you have just moved back to Cedar Falls and a new apartment or dorm room.
I will start from the beginning. Here I am a 21 year old college graduate back at home. What do I do now? I would have four months at home before I moved up to Minneapolis. I began attempting to move my belongings back into my room with the old forgotten things from high-school and my early days of college.
I took my CPA exams and then took more time than expected off. I shut off my brain and just relaxed. It was amazing how easy it was. I refused to do mental math unless absolutely necessary. I did apply for a job at the new OP in Clive. A month later, I got a call to come in on Monday to pick up a training packet. By this time, it was the end of June and I was not feeling like working (not to mention at this point I thought they didn’t want me!). My mom originally thought I would be lonely and restless. I was neither of these and did not feel like having any responsibility…I took the rest of the summer off.
The apartment search: Not as easy as in Cedar Falls. The notification policy in Minneapolis is usually 30-60 days. You definitely will not be signing a lease in October, November, or possibly already! I am rooming with another UNI graduate. We went up to look at apartments in February to get a feel for areas and certain places. Then this summer our hunt began. As a forewarning, in cities there are application fees, background checks, and credit approvals. Application fee’s can be anywhere from $25 to $100 per person.
We wanted to live downtown. Rent downtown was expensive and ranged from around $1,600 to $2,400 for a two bedroom apartment. It seemed the more expensive places included more of the basic utilities/extras. Everywhere would be expensive. Parking downtown could be anywhere between $65 to $100 per spot. The apartments were pretty amazing. Most of the amnemties included pools, saunas, work out facilities, and some even a continental breakfast. Yes, I said it continental breakfast with coffee, bagels, and fresh fruit!!... Although the online reviews said the food went pretty quickly. The balconies had great views of the city, lakes, or surrounding rivers. I felt like I was really going to living my dream.
The Result: We ended up finding a great steal on Craigslist. Be Warned!! A deal that was sincerely “too good to be true” almost scammed us on Craiglist. The “landlord” claimed to be out of country and would deliver keys after you temporarily put a deposit on hold. Total scam! You would never get your money or here from this person again. Do you research!
Anyway, back to our legitimate of a craigslist posting. The add was for a two bedroom unit in this condominium. It was only a block or two away from the apartment we had settled on (where rent itself was going to be over $1,000 each!). Our rent is considerably cheaper than most apartments in the area and includes most utilities, cable, heat/AC, and even one parking spot! The whole place has been updated with new carpet, countertops and others updates.
The Move will be expensive. Since we are renting a unit of a condo, we must follow the association rules. This beats me, but we are only able to use the freight elevators Monday – Friday 9 – 5 AM. This excludes holidays (i.e. Labor Day). Then, on top of this we have to pay a rate of $100 every time you move. The office lady was out of the office when we moved in all our big items yesterday. We are hoping we may not have to pay up. By the way, the “freight eleveator” we rented wasn’t even a freight elevator. They simply put carpet down and some loose padding on the walls of the elevator.
The transportation. We obviously wanted the best deal. It wasn’t so simple when you have a queen size bed. A U-Haul would cost us over $250 dollars or only $60 if we could use a trailer. A cargo van wouldn’t be ideal because my bed would have to be at an angle and not leave much room for my dresser and tv. Best option for me: renting an Enterprise Nissan Envy Cargo Van for one day. A queen size bed can fit upright! It was a flat rate of $99 with unlimited mileage and gas ended up being about $90. Being the accounting nerd I am, I am actually super excited to be able to deduct my moving expenses from this years tax return!
Packing. I am sure the majority of us feel this way summer flew by! It seems so sudden that I am actually packing (and unpacking now). What I have learned from this move is that you actually do not want all your junk from college. I don’t want my bulletin board or battered posters anymore. I thought I did a good job before moving home. I thought wrong. I can’t even begin to tell you how silly some of the things you bring home will seem once you are ready to start your career. No, I will not use a neon block with the letter “B’ on it. No, I do not need 3 dry erase boards anymore.
Apartment Necessities: It is not just shuffling through old items to see if they are worthy of the move [I felt like Andy in Toy Story when Andy goes through his toys]. It I making sure you are prepared to basically start fresh. I have been rummaging through my parents house and basement looking for things to take. Starting your own place inclusde dishes, glasses, pots & pans, appliances, silverware, and so much more. My roommate bought a new couch/chair for the living room. I agreed to purchase a TV. Of course my dad only wanted me to get a 55’’ or 60’’ TV and it had to be best quality. No way could I get just an LCD TV or a 46’’. I ended up purchasing a 50’’ (settled in the middle) LED LCD HDTV off Ebay that was $150 off, which put it into my price range of about $500-800.
If you have even read to this part of my blog, I am honestly quite impressed. I wanted to get across what some of the costs of moving can be to you. Up next, can be my delightful experience with setting up Comcast or maybe exploring the new city!