Yesterday afternoon Joe and I went to tour an apartment complex that we’re considering. It’s very, very nice, and I swallowed hard upon the realisation that the monthly rent is more than twice our monthly mortgage payment. But of course the insurance company is taking care of the rent, out of our policy, and we just have to keep paying our mortgage.
It has two huge, lovely pool areas. It has 2 fitness centers. It is extremely pet friendly, and has multiple doggie stations throughout the complex. It has a 1.5 mile jogging trail around a lake adjacent to the property.
The apartment we will most likely move into is on the ground floor, which is nice. It has an attached garage, also nice. That gives us a place where we can clean off the dogs’ paws on rainy, muddy days so that they won’t track dirt into our flat (one of the things we lack, sad to say, at our own home, which is why we won’t carpet the house). The kitchen is bigger than the kitchen at home. Well, perhaps not bigger, but arranged far better. There is a garden tub, nice for relaxing. There’s a built-in desk in the bedroom.
And we’ll have rental furniture, again thanks to our insurance policy. I was looking at furniture packages from different companies, and we found one we both like quite well. We’ll need a television and DVD player, but if I have my way we’ll just buy one, because we needed a new TV anyway.
So if we get this specific apartment, we’ll be moving on the 19th/20th. It’ll be nice to get out of the hotel. I greatly appreciate having lived at the hotel, and everyone there is so nice and friendly, particularly the lovely cleaning staff who’ve taken care of our room (and for whom we need to leave a large tip). The apartment is roughly twice the size of the hotel suite, still small. But it will be fine until we’re able to move back into our house.
Joe met with the restoration cleaners yesterday. Approximately 30% of our clothes were a total loss (of those they took). There are still bags full of clothes at the house that Mooring Co. considered a total loss. And all my makeup and skincare, not so much from the fire, although that didn’t do it any favours, but also from being in the house with no air conditioning in Texas in August.
Speaking of which, we had a lovely little temporary reprieve yesterday afternoon. Huge clouds spread over the area, with cool winds and the promise of rain. We didn’t get the rain, but the temperature dropped to 87 degrees for a while. Of course, by the time I left work it was back up, but it was very pleasant for that little while, with the promise of autumn to come.
ETA: We’re definitely moving into the apartment on Friday. So that’s a relief.