Move: Sign, Inspect, and Pack
It’s been a few weeks, but the memory of signing the lease is still raw. The leasing specialist was very thorough, to his credit, but it made me see things in the past I didn’t even know about. The Mrs. is very detailed so we went through every line of those almost thirty pages. I know it’s for our own good, but I almost got overwhelmed. We then ran into California Proposition 65. By law, the leasing company has to make tenants aware that there may be chemicals on the property that could be hazardous to our health. We were both a little freaked out. I had to exclaim a few times, “What kind of death trap are you signing us into?!?!” I think you can tell by now, I am a little dramatic, but still, it caused some anxiety. After venting for a few minutes, we signed our lives away, but hopefully not literally. 🙂
Similar to when you rent a car, we walked through the apartment noting any damages so that when we eventually leave, management won’t charge us for repairs. During my initial walk through, everything checked out. A few days later, the Mrs. combed through the place and found many little things like chipped paint, small holes in the screen door, and loose towel racks. I’m lucky to have her. I joked she should look into being a building inspector. The management company has been pretty responsive and made a work order to fix things up, lickety split. Be extra careful in your final inspection, you don’t want to be hit with a repair bill at the end of your stay!
Hardly a Dent
We packed some and we moved some, but we’re hardly making a dent!!! How two people can accumulate so much stuff is beyond me. I need to modify my resolutions with less clutter in 2011. Add moving to the list of relationship stress tests, too. Similar to living together, traveling together, or planning a wedding together, there are twists and turns in moving that will definitely put you two to the test. Packing priorities, moving priorities, discarding priorities, and time priorities need to be on the same page or at least in the same ballpark. When tensions run high, take a deep breath, remember you’re on the same team, and remind each other of the new, better life around the bend. If not, you both will be going Khan and Captain Kirk on each other!
Do you have any moving experiences to share? Do you have any couple advice when tensions run high while moving?