After a rather emotionally charged weekend, where I attempted to keep my mind off of the rental application that we submitted on Thursday, I got to wait all day and basically became a ninja at work snatching at my phone if it so much as flashed, with lightning quick precision. When the work day had finished and I was waiting for my train home I got the message that our rental application had been unsuccessful.
Made it to the shortlist but not the ones ultimately selected by the owners. The property that was applied for ticked all the boxes. Room for all of us, space for the vehicles and a relatively modern house. Having rented for years, we have become wary of renting anything too old as the places seem to fall down around our ears. We just want a place we can have long term (thinking 5 years) since we are all sick and tired of moving house.
When I first found out the decision, I was incredibly pissed off and a bit upset. I have learnt from years of experience not to count the chickens before they hatch, however I will admit that I was mentally placing arranging furniture from the second I walked through the door during the inspection.
I start picturing other potential applicants and wondering what makes them better than us. We earn decent wages and have full time work. Don’t have kids. Only have one small dog and don’t throw wild parties – pretty safe and dull on paper… Do kids give you an edge in the Real Estate market? Should I rent some of my nieces and nephews?
The thing that bothers me most of all, apart from having someone else basically deciding your future (same reason I hate job interviews etc) is that we are still in the search phase and I am in the land of unknowns – not my favourite of territories.
As a planner, I like to know what is going on and be organised. I am going away for a couple of days on a work / training trip to Sydney and I only found out today about my accommodation. So for now, it’s back to the drawing board. Just gotta stay positive and believe that something better is out there for me to make into a home.