When Rental Rates Go Through the Roof, Consider Storing Your Stuff

I don’t even know where to begin. I feel like I’ve been house hunting for months. Within the last two years, rental rates in my area have spiked due to a massive housing shortage (thanks to increased job opportunities). When my year lease came up for renewal in June, why the heck did we think it was a good idea to give a thirty-day notice before securing another rental? Why?

For starters, it was because we felt the house we were in was absolutely not worth the rent we were paying, even though at the time, it was the best option. Isn’t it funny how a simple walkthrough doesn’t expose tiny annoyances with a house? Take the fourth bedroom that used to be a garage as an example: It was only after living there that we noticed this converted room was 10 degrees different than the rest of the house. Or, as another example, how when we’d open the dishwasher it hit the refrigerator, making me scratch my head at first as I tried to figure out the best way to load a sink full of dishes without turning it into a thigh-burning workout performing squats.

And yes, I sent an aggravated text to my landlord that day. Definitely, one of many that first week.

So, that’s pretty much why we wanted to move out 10 minutes after we signed our lease. That, and our teeny-tiny master bathroom. I hope I never have to risk my life shaving ever again.

Wait, what was I saying? Oh yeah, back to searching for another house in a market where landlords have increased rent rates by a million percent. (Most likely not mathematically accurate, but close enough for blogging purposes.) Um, thankfully we can afford what we paid, but we refuse to pay more. Unfortunately, the market got worse during the year we were stuck in a lease, so houses in the same shape as the one I rented are going for even more. Thus, we’ve decided to move our search to a different part of town, just outside the city where the rates there haven’t been gouged yet.

But, at some point during the search, I realized it was very possible that, due to the slim pickings in those areas, we might not secure something before our lease ended. Therefore, we came to the conclusion that it would be a great idea to throw our stuff in storage, pay a ridiculously low fee for the unit, and go live with friends and family until we do find something affordable.

I’m sure I’m not the only desperate woman to come up with such a genius plan, especially since this happened during summer and I didn’t have to worry about shuffling kids to school. Sure, it sucks that I’m out of state with my family while I left my husband to stay with a friend (one of us has to work outside the home to keep these kids were somehow responsible for fed). But I’ve been away from him before since this whole moving thing has been a bad habit of ours due to the type of work he does. I think this has been the fifth time I’ve moved back in with my parents. And I swear each time, I bring more and more stuff with me.

Anyway, if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, where you are looking for an affordable place to stay, but don’t want to just settle for what is available and need more time to look – I really think it’s worth it to consider staying with friends or family for a little while. In the meantime, your furniture can sit pretty in a comfy storage unit in a safe neighborhood, preferably under video surveillance. You can save a little on rent (or a lot in our case) and give yourself extra time to find a house that you’ll actually be happy with.

Have you ever gotten sick and tired of high rent rates and decided to move in with relatives temporarily while you continued your house search? 

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