You can find our Moving Day Vlog + Empty Apartment Tour on YouTube!
After 3500 miles and 6 days, we finally made it to our new Boston apartment! However, our moving day didn’t go quite like we had planned…
Our Moving Day (...Gone Wrong!)
Due to new military orders for Lucas, we moved to Boston, Massachusetts. We confirmed this news pretty last minute, and if you’re a military family, it doesn’t surprise you when things occur very last minute with the military.
Given the limited timeline, our busy schedule in August (our wedding month!), and the on-going global pandemic, we were unable to fly to Boston to scope out neighborhoods in-person. Although we were wanting to invest in property, rather than pay rent for another year, this led to the daunting task of selecting an apartment without seeing the unit or the surrounding area prior. Although I have visited Boston once last spring for a work trip, I wouldn’t count that as a true trip to Boston since I was only able to explore for half a day.
Lucas and I wanted to live towards the south-side of Boston since that would be closer to where Lucas will be working. So after hours spent researching neighborhood statistics, viewing Google maps via satellite, and virtually touring different units, we settled on our apartment complex with the hope that their 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, first floor unit can be our next home.
We signed the lease a couple weeks before we had to move, and set up our utilities during our road trip to Boston. While we would’ve preferred more time to search, we were just grateful to have found a place with high tenant reviews within our limited time frame.
We arrived at the apartment complex to pick our new keys, to be met with the fact that the keys given to us, didn’t quite work correctly. We returned to the leasing office to confirm our keys and once we were able to get inside, we noticed a very distinct smell of cigarettes within the unit. While I don’t actually mind the smell of cigarettes (because I grew up around my dad who smoked frequently), Lucas and I both agreed that it was a much more intense smell of tobacco, and we didn’t want our living space to smell like that (let alone our clothes and furniture!). We were only in the unit for about 15 minutes when we noticed that we were carrying the smell with us in our clothes whenever we stepped outside.
A huge reason why we picked the apartment complex we did is because they offer a “room guarantee”. If you aren’t happy with your unit, you’re able to switch to another with no extra fees. We decided that before we unloaded all of our belongings, it would be easier to just make the switch sooner rather than later.
We went to the leasing office to put in our request, and they were very understanding! The unit apparently had been left vacant for quite some time… Luckily there was another unit available with the same floor plan and a few hundred dollars cheaper because it was on the third floor.
Not only do we escape the smell of tobacco in our new unit, we also saved a little on rent, and gained a balcony!
Moving to Boston this year was my 7th time moving to a new space in 7 consecutive years. So, you could say that moving to new places isn’t too intimidating to me at this point. Renting apartment spaces is a temporary experience, and as long as my space feels safe (and smoke-free ;) lol), I can easily learn how to call it home.
Here are 5 Tips to QUICKLY Create a Home in a New Apartment:
Moving can be stressful if you let it overwhelm you. To anyone who’s in the process of moving right now, I hear you and I’m cheering you on! Find the little things that can make your new apartment feel like a home, and know that it’ll just take time!
Although we had a rockier start than we planned for, we’re so excited to be creating a home in New England for the next couple of years or so. Although we are ready to run back home once the military gives us the green light, we can’t wait to share about our upcoming New England adventures in the meantime! Keep an eye out for those coming soon!
Cheers to a Fresh Start over on the East Coast!
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