I live in a dump – there’s no two ways about it – this house I live in is a wreck. It served me well enough when I needed to rent a large home to shelter family members in crisis. Now they’ve sorted themselves out and moved on to greener pastures and I’m left rambling around a too big under furnished house like a character from a Victorian novel.
I’ve been looking for another, more suitable place to rent. For one reason or another I just couldn’t find anything and I was beginning to feel trapped in this tumbledown cottage perched on a wild sea front overlooked by the mansions of the more affluent – a formula for low self esteem.
When I thought about where I’d actually like to be living my daydreams always took me back to the little coastal town I lived in before I moved to this busy, noisy regional centre. I’d been told there was a rental shortage down there but, inspired by my fantasies, I explored the option anyway. I went back to the estate agent I used to rent from. He was really welcoming and within days I had the okay on the perfect house for me – smaller, in a quiet back street and with a studio!
From that point things escalated fast and I am due to move in two weeks.
One unexpected development is that my current agent is coming to have a ‘pre-vacating inspection to identify any problems that will need to be rectified before vacating’. WTF. I’ve been renting houses for nearly 20 years, I am a good tenant and have a great track record. My usual method on leaving a house to move out then come back to the old property, clean up, fix anything that’s damaged then hand back the keys. Now I have to jump through this ridiculous hoop so that some girl of 20 can come round and tell me how to clean the house. Grrrr.
So now I am packing, cleaning, patching up the paint work that should have been repainted before I even moved in and trying to figure out how to off load the surplus furniture I accumulated to fill the many old paint chipped rooms in this dump.
The inspiration to improve my life motivates me to keep doing all these tasks – natural inclination would have me hiding under the doona.
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