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20 July 2005 @ 07:21 am
I told myself that i was going to move sometime this summer, and it's already more than halfway through July =P

I need to start packing up my stuff. I hate cleaning when i'm by myself. It's so frickin boring when there's no one else around.

I need to figure out exactly where i want to move to. Generally somewhere between about Torance and Costa Mesa, but that doesn't narrow things down much. I'd like to be within 30 minutes of work, preferably even with moderate traffic accounted for. 10 or 20 would be great. Of course i'd also like to find a place that is reasonably safe and nice but isn't _too_ expensive. I can probably choose any two of the three =P Unfortunately i have no idea how to look for apartmentes other than using the apartment search websites, which probably only coveres a fraction of the existing apartments, and driving about on the streets and looking to see what there is, which is both time consuming and limited in the territoy it covers.

I need to figure out whether i want to get a one-bedroom or studio or whether i want to get a two-bedroom and try to find an roommate. Overall i've been much happier living with roommates, but finding good roommates is difficult and i _think_ i'd rather live alone than deal with sharing an apartment with someone i didn't get along with. Unfortunatly if i get a two-bedroom apartment and then don't find a roommate it will be rather expensive. Though no more expensive than my current identical situation =P

And speaking of which, i need to figure out how to handle the fact that i'm currently paying for this apartment. I don't really want to pay for two apartments for an overlapping month so i can move, but given that i have to give one-month notice at this apartment i may have to do that =/
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Steven DeFordwillworker on July 20th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
"I don't really want to pay for two apartments for an overlapping month so i can move, but given that i have to give one-month notice at this apartment i may have to do that =/"

You can, and in fact many places encourage, speak for an apartment, but not move in for a while. They tend to want your security deposit as, well, a deposit, but you could probably find a place and say "I want to move in in one month" and give your other place one month's notice. Also, some places, at least, are willing to do pro-rated rent, so you could, say, terminate your existing lease at the end of the month, and "move in" to your new place a week before that, so you're only paying double for a week.

(Anonymous) on July 20th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
The one month notice is so that the land lord can find someone to move in, when you move out. So yes, you can find a place where you move into the same day you move out of your current place. The pain with having to move into a new place is having the extra cash for the security deposit and first/last months rent. Which you should get your security deposit back from your current place, but you have to wait for it, and alot of people just don't have the money. (Oh go check okcupid...I'm being oddly impatient today.)
Brie2gouda4u on July 20th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
Others have already said the only thing useful I could mention. As far as apartment hunting, I also have issues - I think I like to start with online hunting, make some appointments, then take a look around the neighborhood while I'm at said appointments. If I like the area but am not content with the particular complex I'm looking at, I'll look around while I'm there for other places to contact. While this will not allow you to do an exhaustive search of apartments, it's better than nothing.

Sorry I can't help with the cleaning thing... However, as I've mentioned, oh, several dozen times before, I'm happy to help with the moving process.