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Hallelujah, the House Hunting is Over

We cut our cable more than four years ago and truly have not regretted it for even a moment. We still watch plenty of programming, but it’s all over-the-air or on-demand.

The only programs I really missed were the design shows. I actually have a terrible sense of design myself, but just like I watch cooking shows despite burning everything I look at, I really enjoy seeing what other people do.

{It’s also why my Pinterest boards are filled with ideas I’ll never actually pull off myself.}

A few weeks ago, we learned about Sling TV, which is a streaming service from Dish Network (this is not a sponsored post at all…just wanted to share what we think is a really cool product). After a week-long trial, we liked it enough to start paying $20 a month, and so I’ve been watching a lot more cable TV.

Among the channels we can now watch live through our Roku box is HGTV. And I’ve been binge-watching Love It or List It, Fixer Upper and of course, House Hunters.

“What fun,” I thought! “Having so many great choices!”

Little did I know, I was about to go through my own terrible version of House Hunters: Tampa/St. Petersburg. Now that we are picking up our life here and moving it down the highway, we need a place that:

  • Has at least three bedrooms (I’ll be working from home and need an office and a guest room for our families)
  • Allows pets (a sweet, old, BIG dog and a fat, lazy cat)
  • Has storage (after 10 years in a home, we’re purging as much as we can but still want to keep our bikes, some basic tools, etc.)
  • Is in a decent neighborhood

Oh, and is in a fairly small budget. Since we’re renting out our home in Orlando, we’re nervous about keeping enough in the bank to handle any surprises, additional insurance coverage, etc. and we made the decision to keep our monthly rental fee as low as possible.

That means that, unlike House Hunters where people are picking between:

  • House 1, with the great backyard, salt-water pool, next to a beautiful park!
  • House 2, with a renovated open concept kitchen, three bathrooms and heated floors!
  • House 3, with an in-law suite for visitors, a wine cellar and vaulted ceilings!

We were instead trying to decide between:

  • Tiny Apartment 1, with one bathroom and no closet space but close to the office
  • Oddly Designed House 2, with the master bedroom off the kitchen and fleas running rampant but well within the budget
  • Large Apartment Complex 3, near the beaches but with only 2 bedrooms, terrible laminate floors and at the top of the budget

Yeah. Not nearly as much fun as on TV. Truly, I didn’t think we were going to find a place, and was starting to panic. Then, we found the place. The PERFECT place. And we knew it needed to be ours! Thankfully, despite some back-and-forth with the landlord on the details and a few really awful hours of thinking it had slipped out of our grasp, we got approved and will be moving in at the end of March.

We ended up with the beautiful townhome in a gated St. Petersburg neighborhood, with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, wood floors and carpet, with a one-car garage and washer/dryer in unit. In our budget. I don’t know how the housing gods smiled on us, but they did and I’m so, so grateful.

So, onward and upward! Next step: packing up a 1,400-square-foot home, a toddler, two animals and getting it all set up in the new place. Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for us!

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