Finding the least creepy apartment.

I was really excited to search for apartments. It’s a big life step and a huge deal in part because I am finally finishing school, but also because I feel very ready to venture out on my own. I was an enthusiastic apartment hunter… until it began.

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I took my mom with me on all of the apartment adventures. We did three trips to see seven different places and on the first one my neighbour joined up and on the last one my dad and brother joined us. The first apartment we had a scheduled time to view, we couldn’t find the entrance. I wish I were joking. We literally couldn’t figure out how to get into the building. There was a ton of construction going on around it and work being done on the underground parking so we drove around the building a bit before calling it quits. Successful start.

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I liked the option of making viewing appointments online for apartments owned and managed by property management companies. You could simply fill out a form online and see any apartment that company owned, pretty much at any time. It’s a real pain in the ass when ads need you to call them… especially because I was trying to be coy and apartment search at work.

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The only trouble with property management companies is that I’m pretty sure you could file a lawsuit against any one of them for harassment and their employees are majorly creepy. “NO BOB, I DON’T WANT TO RENT FROM YOU. STOP CALLING ME.” The first apartment that we actually made it into was one we knew right away was not for me. It smelled weird and didn’t have great laundry facilities and the property manager was intense. We looked around the minimum appropriate amount of time before fleeing. He literally said, “Oh, running away from me now are we?” Oh god. Recovery from these apartment excursions was correlated with my beer intake.

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Looking around this same apartment, there were precisely two older men, one sitting outside watching everyone, and another who “liked doing his laundry on this floor better” and proceeded to wander the halls. Super creepy. On a disappointment scale of 1-10 as far as how the apartment hunting was going, with 10 being Leonardo DiCaprio at the Oscars in 2014, I was a solid 12.

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It started to get better on our second trip out, as I was seeing apartments that I had found on Kijiji. One guy had adorable kids and showed me a beautiful and big suite… though now I’m wondering if his cute kids were all a ploy to get me to rent the place. It was much better approaching people about renting their own apartments than it was looking at ones managed by companies. It was turning from bad stress to good stress in that I had to decide between really great places. I also have very expensive taste and as I added the amenities I “needed,” my budget took some serious amending.

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I think I have found “the one.” The apartment that I fell in love with. I have yet to sign the lease as that should happen this week but after a bit of stress, a few laughs, and some serious budget consideration, I have found an apartment in Edmonton!

Do you enjoy house hunting/apartment searching?

What is one “feature” that you just can’t live without?

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5 Comments

  1. Apartment hunting is no fun! I had to look for a Toronto apartment in a 3-day break from summer camp a few years ago. I was looking in a not-great neighbourhood and saw some nasty apartments. Everytime I would check one, I would look for evidence of mice/cockroaches. I eventually found a very clean apartment with really great building management.

    We are house hunting now – and although the creep factor isn’t there, it is still bizarre. Last night we saw a house that was so gross.

  2. I LOVE THIS POST! It was hilarious and I feel the same about apartment/house hunting! I have to find a place when my lease is up (which is not until next year) and just thinking about it now gives me a headache 🙁

  3. Aw man it’s been so long since I have been house hunting. The great thing about buying is you can check out photos online and get a good sense of what you’re going to look at. I really wish I could be house hunting again right now. I loved my condo when I was single, but now I really want a house for liam with at least three bedrooms, a nice backyard, and a garage. Oh and a treadmill/home gym setup somewhere.

    Can’t wait to see the new place!!

  4. apartment hunting is the WORST. i visited, no joke, 15 apartments before finding my current one. i’m glad you found one you love! my must have for my next apartment is definitely an in-unit washer/dryer.

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