Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Exploring options, some musings
-1 1/2-2 bath
-laundry on site (I have my own w/d if needed)
-covered storage for car (can be a carport)
-fireplace for supplemental heating in outages
-ideally on one of the few, lower acreage lots
-ideally a shorter driveway vs a long to reduce plowing fees
-a local landlord, as dealing with someone 1100 miles away has been far from ideal
There are currently 4 rental homes that I am eyeballing(note that my lease is up mid Aug), I've ranked them in order of my initial impression, not yet physically seen them.
1-1684 sq foot Ranch from 1953, 3 bed, 2 bath, one car garage, recently remodeled, new kitchen appliances but no microwave (not a biggie), new bathrooms, storm windows, ceiling and attic fans, wood floors except for tiled kitchen, bath, unfinished cellar, 1.38 acres No mention of pet policy. $100 less than my max. budget
2-1266 sq foot Raised Ranch from 1965, 3 bed, 2 bath, 2 car garage underneath, all appliances included, neutral decor, wood floors except for bath/kit and looks like carpet in family room, deck, central air, 2.3 acres Pets OK. $100 over my max budget
3-1616 sq foot Ranch from 1948 on 2.43 acres Listed as 3/4 bedroom in paragraph description yet ML listing states 3 bedroom. Perhaps an office space? 2 bath. Recent upgrades include all new appliances but no M/wave-again not a biggie, flooring, counters in kitchen (original knotty pine cabinets), wood floors, wood burner insert in LR fireplace, deck, 2 car garage, updated baths (no photos however), unfinished attic and cellar for storage. Pets OK. $100 below my max budget
4-1864 sq foot colonial from 1930 on 2.56 acres. 3 bed, 1 1/2 bath, stone foundation, fireplace in LR, Appliances listed as fridge, range and m/wave yet photo shows a D/washer-I'd have to ask for clarification. No mention of w/d hook ups. I own a set, so not a big deal, again-need clarification. I must have on premises laundry, 2 car garage and there appears to be either a rental above it or a separate office. Nothing mentioned in the listing-another question to ask. Central air. Pets OK. $100 over my max budget
In light of my oil bills, the configuration of this rental, the desire to give DD a proper room, for me to have a room that is not a walk through to the main bathroom, and the latest fiasco with the ice dam (should hear back from my attorney on that today), I am looking. No idea/inkling if the LL will allow me to break my lease early w/o penalty, and I don't want to miss out on what few rental opportunities exist. Due to my divorce decree, it's best that I stay in town. Fine. Another factor is that I should have another surgery on my hand this Summer, giving me those months to recouperate. Moving at that time wouldn't be an option, although putting the procedure off yet another year is.