Even though our home here in North Carolina still has not sold, we are going forward with our plans to move to Texas in August. Therefore, I have been spending a lot of time browsing homes for rent online. In fact, it is sort of my new obsession! I can’t help it. There is so little I can do right now, and so looking on line for potential abodes sort of dispels, if only in a virtual sense, my feelings of powerlessness. The houses are all sort of starting to look the same though. . .
I do wish that leasing agents would do a few things differently. First of all, I think they should post as many pictures as possible. And next, following through on that theme, the pictures should be clear. Not taken with a cell phone. Those end up being either very pixelated or blurry, or, worst of all, tiny. Also, the pictures need to be of actual living spaces. The most important of those being the kitchen. I am amazed at how many folks don’t bother to include a picture of the kitchen! I have also seen pictures of windows. Well, I do like my houses to have windows, but just snapping a shot of a window doesn’t tell me much about the room it’s in. But even more surprising to me is the number of pictures I have seen of doorknobs and ceiling fans, and even flower bushes!! Really? Again, those are all good things to have in a house (especially doorknobs!) but overall, they don’t tell me much about the house itself.
So, this is a frustrating process for me at the moment. In just a few short weeks (three, to be exact) I will be driving down to Austin to find a home, and I know that will make me feel much better. Well, except for the fact that I corresponded with a realtor down there today, and she told me that rentals usually only last one day before they get rented, so looking online now probably won’t help me at all in three weeks. *sigh* Now I am going to have to find a better way to spend my time. Packing, perhaps?