We viewed a flat on Wednesday and we’re torn. We’re leaning towards taking it, as it’s 3/4 of the way to being perfect.
The location is great – very central with all amenities – complete with grocery stores, a bakery around the corner, pharmacy, etc. all close by. It’s a five-minute walk to the Main River and being able to walk/cycle along the paths there. It’s also a block from the tramline and buses, or I could just walk to the city center in about 20 minutes. Both the bathroom and the guest loo will be re-tiled before we move in, which is nice. The building the flat is in is older but well-built and in good condition, and we’d have a garage and basement storage space. The flat itself has enough rooms to meet our basic requirements and should work for the next few years. I should also point out that in the two months or so of flat-hunting, we haven’t seen anything else this spacious and with a guest loo at this price in the city center.
But here are the problems:
- Really tiny balcony and no garden access. The balcony is big enough for a small table and two chairs, but nothing else. So that’s not ideal. And Mia is *lo-v-i-n-g* the garden we have here in the holiday let, so we will feel sort of guilty taking that away from her. She spends almost all her waking hours just looking outside, and meows for us to take her out when she isn’t doing that. The balcony is such that she won’t really be able to see anything out of it, either, since there are wooden slats blocking her view.
- The bathroom is pretty tiny and basic. This makes me a little sad, especially since HTSNBN had two bathrooms, one of which was huge with a posh new soaking tub.
- The flooring throughout the flat is all terracotta tiles. They’re okay, just not what I had envisioned. Will our stuff look okay next to reddish-brown “Mediterranean” style-flooring?
- Though it is bigger and in nicer condition, the interesting thing is that the flat “feels” an awful lot like our flat in Edinburgh, so I somehow find it a little boring. It has a similar layout of a long hallway in the center connecting all the rooms. And there are no great views, no stunning garden…somehow it lacks the “ahhh…wow” I had hoped for.
- We will have to pay agency fees and purchase an entire kitchen. Maybe it’s not fair of me to list this as a complaint as it could apply to anywhere we rent, and dodging both of these bullets is probably unlikely.
I guess these are fairly minor complaints, but just enough so that we weren’t an immediate “yes” when we viewed it.
The Mr. placed an ad in the paper that ran on Wednesday and will run again tomorrow. We would like to check the paper early tomorrow morning, and see if anything happens with the ad before we say yes to this, but of course there’s a risk someone else might take it today or early tomorrow. (That being said, it’s been advertised on the web and in the paper for AGES, literally was around during the time when we rented HTSNBN. Still, our luck hasn’t been exactly great here in Würzburg….)
So what do we do? Should we wait until tomorrow? What if nothing better comes along then? Do we take it despite its flaws? Or do we forget about this place altogether and hold out even longer? I wish future me could tell me present me what to do. Where’s a flux capacitor and Michael J. Fox when you need him?