Even though I daydream about what our next home will be like pretty much 24/7, I've been biting my tongue and trying not talk about it since my immigration isn't 100% finalized yet. We're still two people and one dog living on one income so it doesn't feel right to fantasize about our next place when I barely have enough money to pay my credit card bill.
Now that the error has been cleared up, I'm expecting to finalize my Canadian residency within the next few weeks (barring any more unbearably frustrating screw ups from the Ridiculously Expensive Law Firm). At that point I'll basically take the first job I'm offered and we can finally start saving for our future and our next place.
In anticipation of this next big step, I'm giving myself permission to do more than just daydream about our next place - I'm going to (gasp) talk about it! And I'm finally going to crack open IKEA's 2014 catalogue (which arrived in the mail last week and which I've been avoiding like the plague) and obsess for a little while.
|Dream living room.|
Some backstory about where we currently live: Bobby and I viewed a handful of apartments and narrowed it down to two places (cue House Hunters decision-making music). Although I was leaning toward the one-bedroom in Toronto, Bobby had reservations about the crime level in the neighborhood. So we signed a lease on a loft way out in the suburbs, with Bobby's word that we would only live there for one year.
Our lease ends the week of Christmas (because nothing says 'holiday spirit' like squatting among boxes) so our official hunt begins in October. We're a couple of months early but I think it's a good idea to start formulating a game plan now since we're so specific about what we want. This will be our third home together and it's somewhere we want to stay for a few years.
|Dream dining area.|
|Dream bedroom #1.|
So, over time, our wants have mutated into must-haves based on our collective renting experience. I would say we're too picky for own our good but I have faith that we can have our rental cake and eat it too. We've put in some years at some wackadoodle places. We're long overdue to find exactly what we want at a price we can afford.
|Dream bedroom #2.|
our must-havesdogs allowed
outdoor space (preferably a fenced-in yard)
a parking space
no loft - must have a separate bedroom with a door
reasonable walking distance to subway/streetcar/bus
no mirrored backsplash in the kitchen (sounds silly but this is non-negotiable)
no carpeting allowed anywhere but the bedroom (and that carpet needs to be brand new)
things that are negotiable but are still kind of a big deal
a window over the kitchen sink
a window in the bathroom
reasonable walking distance to a quality grocer (Rabba/No Frills/Walmart don't qualify as 'quality')
reasonable amount of counter/prep space in kitchen
Now we just need to find all of the above for less than $2000 in the city of Toronto. I know, I'm laughing too.