For our second trip down to the Raleigh area, we kind of procrastinated on booking flights, so when we finally got around to it, everything was expensive, and we ended up having flights at odd hours because they were cheapest. We flew in Thursday night late (I think we got in at 11:00pm) and flew out Sunday morning at 6:00am, not leaving ourselves much time to check out places, but determined to get things done. Raleigh welcomed us with a torrential downpour Thursday night, but our spirits were lifted when we found out what vehicle we would be driving around town in:
While I was expecting our Raleigh apartment hunt to be much less daunting than a New York City apartment hunt (and trust me, it was) the search was not without its own unique challenges. Our Raleigh hunt came in two stages – first, we did our due diligence and researched the heck out of places online, which I am going to detail in this post. Then, we took our second trip down to the area and visited the apartment complexes in person to make a final decision, which will be in another post coming soon.
But before we even took to the internet to get our search going, there were a few things that Jason and I needed to decide. Continue reading “Apartment Hunting 101 – The Research and Online Search”
As I’m sure you can imagine, one of the biggest and most daunting to-dos in an out-of-state move is the process to find a new place to live. The first thing you have to decide is are you going to rent or buy? When Jason and I first started talking about the potential for a move, my mind instantly went to, “Yes! I am finally going to have my own house! I’ll have a backyard and a garden and ooo! Maybe even a fire pit!” It was easy to get sucked into the thought of buying a house initially, especially because the house prices are so much more reasonable in the Raleigh area. But the more I thought about the situation, the more I realized, “I don’t even know this area. What if we buy a house, don’t like the area or don’t fit into the community, and now we’re stuck?” Once overly-excited-me turned into rational-me, I realized that renting an apartment for 6 months to a year would probably be the best move for us. This is not to say that this is the best option for everybody – a family might want to buy to have stability for their kids, or a person moving may have significantly more resources than we do to scout the area – but Jason and I talked and decided this was the right decision for us.
After we decided that renting an apartment was the route we wanted to go, I got the pleasure of introducing Jason to a world of apartment hunting that was completely foreign to him as a New Yorker.
Last we left our heroes, talk of a Raleigh move was coming into focus as a more full-formed possibility. Jason and I both knew that when talk of a move got serious, at least one trip down to the area would be necessary to determine if this was a place we could actually see ourselves living. So, we did some research on the area, booked our flights, and dove into the adventure head first. After I got off the flight and began driving around, though, I started thinking to myself, “Oh my God, what are we getting ourselves in to???”
Chatter of a Raleigh move has actually been going on in our house for months. In fact, it’s been a topic that has been floating around for so long that I don’t even remember when it was first mentioned. I do remember, though, that it didn’t begin with, “Here’s an idea, let’s move to Raleigh!” Jason and I have always thought it might be exciting to live somewhere else for at least a few years. These discussions were mostly collective daydreaming – oh, wouldn’t it be cool to live in Europe for a few years and really experience another way of life? But then, talk began to happen that the company Jason consults for is trying to move some of its operations and employees down to Raleigh, NC to save money. An important person at the company who Jason works with took the plunge and moved his family down to Raleigh, and reported back that the area was great and that things were really cheap. “Hmm,” we thought. “Would we ever want to move to Raleigh?” The seed was planted at that point, but nothing more. Continue reading “Moving to Raleigh – Are We Really Talking About This?”