For some time, me and Liam have been looking for a new place to live. We’ve been in our current flat for a few years now, and it’s been an endless experience of problems – from mice the day we moved in (we hadn’t even unpacked any food yet!), to damp starting from the bathroom and then cropping up everywhere.
There’s not enough space for all our stuff, and therefore it becomes impossible to make the place look tidy. Basically, we don’t like it and we want out.
We’ve been flat/house hunting for several months now, although it feels like much longer. We’ve seen a few nice places, but nothing has quite clicked for the both of us. A few arguments have been had over some, whilst others we agreed unanimously that it wasn’t for us.
Mostly looking in the Old Portsmouth area (less students, nicer area and properties), it’s become clear to us that the opportunities are not coming up for us. Perhaps the area is too nice and no one wants to move out of there, or maybe we just can’t afford the properties that are coming up. Either way, we’ve started considering our options to move out of Portsmouth altogether.
Recently we began discussing Basingstoke – you get a lot more for your money and it at first seemed like it would work for us – I could commute to work, he was close enough to his family’s home so that he wouldn’t have to leave me overnight when he needed to go back for work (he mostly works from home, but when he goes into the office he goes with his Mum as they work together). Somehow, I got the impression the journey would be practically the same as it is currently. I was wrong.
So, just as soon as we got excited about the nice places we could afford, it has hit home that realistically we can’t move there anyway. It would cost me over twice as much to get into work, and it would take twice as long too. I honestly have no idea how I didn’t realise sooner.
This weekend we were going to go and look at Basingstoke for nice places to live which we planned before my realisation, but instead we’re now going there for a Gourmet Burger Kitchen lunch and a spot of shopping.
Have you ever had problems finding somewhere to live?