Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Crap.

I saw this coming, but I don't know if that helps much.

We have to be out by the 1st of February. Which means 19th January, since we'll be going overseas for three weeks then. Which means before Christmas, since at the beginning of the year the housing market is flooded with students arriving for the new academic year.

11 Comments:

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

icky...

I've moved on short notice (the military housing office is uber-disorganized). My best advise is to have two different colors of trash bags. Use one to pack the stuff you want to take with you and the other to sort out stuff to donate. Also, if your office supply stores are like ours, you can buy nice book boxes in large quantities for not all that much money... You'll have to assemble them, but that also means you can flatten them and stuff a lof of them in a closet to use again :).

StyleyGeek said...

Actually we still have all the boxes from last time we moved, which is kind of good, I guess.

The three things I am worried about are (a) finding something suitable (b) hauling all our furniture down six flights of narrow stairs (esp the fridge and washing machine) and (c) leaving my parrots :( I bet the new tenants won't feed them. Flappy and Flappy will miss me!

Miss M. said...

(a) is what I will wish you good-luck for. If you're quick you might catch the lull between students-who-move-out-of-Halls-at-the-end-of-the-year and students-who-move-down-here-at-the-beginning-of-the-year. I shall pray to the Gods of Cheap Housing for you!

(b) is why medievalling is good - lots of big strong menfolk who are only too happy to help (I advise rehersing fluttering one's eyelashes in front of a mirror beforehand).

(c) is very sad! Maybe Flappy and Flappy will move too? If you leave them your new address on a bit of paper they can come visit, aye?

kb said...

My favorite boxes here in Australia actually come from the pharmacy...reasonably strong, not too big, so you can actually carry them after you stuffed them full of books, stackable and FREE :) at least it works like this in Melbourne. for the furniture I recommend a cheap removalist, it's just not worth it killing your friends and yourself in the process and you can get a pair with a van for a few hours for $250. It's worth the sanity :)

Dr. Brazen Hussy said...

Oh no! Good luck finding a place. I recommend hiring someone to carry the stuff too; we did that in NYC and it was totally worth it.

Maybe a trail of bread crumbs for Flappy and Flappy?

Jana said...

Of course, you could just stay in New Zealand. Wouldn't that be cool? (dances on spot)

StyleyGeek said...

But you're coming over here, right, Jana? Are you saying you'd rather we WEREN'T in the same country? :)

As for the removalist suggestions, if we can find a cheap one we might do it that way. It's just unfortunate that this move is going to coincide with me being unemployed. If only I had a job, or a prospect of a job in the near future, it would be easier to (1) not be so hung up on finding somewhere for the same or similar rent to what we are now paying and (2) say "screw it" and pay removalists. We'd also probably consider buying a place more seriously than we are now.

wolfa said...

That's legal? Really? That totally sucks.

StyleyGeek said...

Yes, it's legal, because they gave us enough notice. And yes, it sucks.

grace said...

Jana: yes it would be very cool if Styley and Geekman were in NZ rather than foreign parts, but I hardly think you're one to talk, hmmmmmmmm?

grace said...

Styley, you have my sincere sympathy. Moving at short notice AND before Christmas is the worst.