Much like Debt and the Girl, I have a problem when it comes to dealing with things that I don’t like. I over-stress in situations where I feel uncomfortable. Call me bossy or a baby, but I don’t like when things don’t go my way or rather smoothly. I need to learn to chill out. Things could be so much worse. It’s something I’m trying to work on. I started going to counseling for dealing with stress but it’s been about a month since I’ve been in due to moving issues.
My husband will likely be gone until the end of the month starting today. I’m not exactly looking forward to so much time alone in the new apartment. I suppose now is a good a time as ever to get out, volunteer, find a job, explore the gyms on base and maybe meet some new friends. The less time I’m in this apartment, the better!
We really jumped the gun in signing a lease at this apartment while the previous tenant was still living here. We didn’t get a chance to thoroughly inspect every nook and cranny. It really didn’t look so bad with all their stuff hiding the filth and years of never cleaning. The previous tenant moved most of his belongings out but didn’t bother to clean up his mess. I called the landlord to let him know and he said he would have it cleaned before we moved in. This is his vision of clean.
He swept and lightly cleaned the scum out of the toilet. No mopping. The rest of the floor throughout the apartment is newer hardwood and it would look nice if it was mopped. A lot of the previous tenant’s belongings were left behind for us to dispose of. And yes, that is a window in the shower! Upon further inspection of the little nooks and crannies, we found some lovely nasties below.
This is basically where I go apeshit and kick myself for signing a lease before we could see the place in move-in condition and fully inspect it. I definitely learned my lesson this January! NEVER EVER going to sign a lease again until I can see the unit move-in ready and inspect every nook and cranny (must hire movers)!
Basically, the tub needs to be refinished or replaced altogether. It’d be nice if the tile throughout was replaced too as there is quite a bit of mold. There are holes in the wall behind the shower head and faucet. There is also mold on the ceiling and a hole in the ceiling plus one along the baseboards, a perfect hiding spot for our pet roaches…they’re everywhere out here apparently. We had them when we first moved into our old apartment but after spraying, thoroughly cleaning, and leaving out traps, we’d only have occasional visits from giant roaches.
The cabinets in the bathroom and the kitchen need to be replaced entirely. They are not even usable. Very unsanitary.
When we first moved in I was freaking out. Pissed and stressed at the condition of this place. Annoyed that we fell for this. I wanted to move again and not deal with this. Our lease is month-to-month so we could just find another place. But then I just don’t want to have to move AGAIN.
I made a list of things I’d like to see fixed with this place, then it wouldn’t be so bad. I’m going to call the landlord and discuss these issues with him…let him know that if things aren’t remedied, we won’t be staying here for very long.
The Must-Be-Fixed-Or-We’re-Moving-Out List:
- Dryer not working – 200 minutes and a load of clothes still wasn’t dry. Hubby cleaned the lint from the entire dryer last night.
I have yet to try a load again, hopefully it’ll work.Doesn’t work.
- Tub needs refinishing or replacing
- Moldy cabinets need replacing in bathroom and kitchen
- Patch holes in drywall
The We’d-Probably-Stay-Here-A-Lot-Longer-If-These-Are-Done List
- Air Duct Cleaning
- Replace vent covers with close-able ones.
- Allow us to install motion light outside
- Remove and deep clean in/around dishwasher
- Replace/upgrade locks (or doors) for front door and balcony entrances.
We had to replace the toilet seat. It was too small for the bowl and kept shifting whenever I sat on it. I tried cleaning the tub but the flakes on the bottom just kept coming off. I said to hell with the tub and cleaned the rest of the bathroom. Hubby hung a second curtain over the shower window. Less mold for me to look at!
Now on to the kitchen! I’ll likely post before/after pics for that as well…sans the dishwasher/dryer since we already cleaned in/around that.