Last week, in the midst of dealing with all the wildfire smoke we went out to look for apartments. We were only able to take a tour of two even though we stopped by at least six different buildings.
We had our first appointment to look at an apartment last Wednesday at 1:00pm. We met at the property manager’s office only to find that the apartment complex didn’t allow pets. I don’t know how we missed that. Luckily, she had another building to show us which wasn’t even on our list.
I think it might have been providential because this building ended up feeling really good to me. It was only three years old and didn’t have any history of water damage. I didn’t react at all while I was in the apartment. We left with high hopes. Even if none of the other options work out at least this first one has potential.
On Saturday we visited the second place and it was not so good. I didn’t have a serious reaction but I definitely started to feel some throat irritation. It was easy to scratch that one off of our list.
We called a few other apartment complexes but no doors seemed to be opening. Then everything went crazy with the wildfire smoke and we were forced to leave the Rapid City area. As we were fleeing our minds kept coming back to that first apartment we visited. We both agreed that we should go see it again and put in an application.
So, yesterday morning we filled out our applications and drove back to Rapid City to see the apartment one more time. Thankfully, the smoke cleared out a lot and the air feels much better now.
This time I was more thorough and checked everything in the apartment. I got down on the floor and took a deep breath from the carpet. I sniffed the refrigerator and opened all the cabinets. It all felt fine. The washing machine felt good too. Thankfully it’s a top loader. Front loaders are notorious for mold problems.
Only the dishwasher felt a little iffy when I opened it but dishwashers are such a big risk for mold growth that I don’t think we’d want to use it anyway. It felt fine when it was closed. I gave Brett a big thumbs up and told him we should go ahead and hand in our application. So we did!
We’re asking to start with a month to month lease so we can be sure that it’s going to be safe for me before we sign a longer lease. I’m so excited and nervous and excited and nervous! We really, really want it to work out. Trying not to get our hopes up is pretty futile at this point. We’ve been to a hotel. We know what civilization is like. 😉
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