You guys…this has been the craziest week of probably my whole life.
(FYI: this will be a very lengthy post.)
To start with, I have to say that I recommend not doing a lease takeover. There’s always the possibility you’d have a better experience than us, and that would be awesome. Even though there are pros to a lease takeover (such as not having to worry about first & last month’s rent/security deposit, etc), there are definitely cons.
For instance, the previous residents of our new apartment completely screwed us over.
The frustration with them began the week of our move, when the resident absolutely stopped communicating with me. We had already seen the apartment (with rose-colored glasses for sure) and been approved through the office, and then she just stopped even looking at my messages. She still hasn’t looked at them and we’ve been moved in for a week now!
Since it was a lease takeover, I was trying to communicate with her about when/how we would get the keys, when their utilities would be shut off since the office required our utilities to be activated before we moved in, etc. And, she just ignored me and completely checked out of the conversation. She basically abandoned the apartment–even flew off to Florida–before we even signed the lease.
The frustration continued when it was the day before our move and I still hadn’t heard anything from her and this girl’s roommate was supposed to drop the keys off at the office for us to pick up the morning of our move. All day, we kept calling and checking in, and yet there were no keys. We asked the office to contact them since I didn’t have her roommate’s info or anything. Ten minutes before closing, we called the office again and they let us know that apparently the roommate wasn’t moving OUT until the next day–the day of OUR move! So, lots of stress and frustration and we had already reserved the U-Haul and everything because we all agreed (and signed!) that our lease began on that day.
Needless to say, we had to rearrange our plans for the move because we didn’t want to waste anyone’s time since we had no idea when we would even get the keys (or how). We still picked up the U-Haul that morning since it was previously reserved, and Joshua’s family and a coworker helped us pack everything.
We arrived at our new complex at about two in the afternoon, and when we went to the office, they still didn’t have the keys. By that time, just gonna be honest, Joshua and I were royally pissed. We decided to just knock on the apartment door.
Thankfully, they answered and we explained that we were supposed to be moving in today and asked when we could get the keys. Just another hour, we were assured. I gave her my number to make sure we would have direct contact. Relieved that we finally had an answer, we walked back to the car and ran out to get some lunch.
By three or three-thirty, she texted me and handed over the keys. That was supposed to be the end of the issues, but that really was only the beginning. We walked inside and stood there in horror, staring at the apartment.
They left it FILTHY. Like, you guys, they lived there for three years and I’m convinced they never cleaned an inch of it. It was disgusting. The ceiling and baseboards were BLACK with built up grime and dust. The walls were splattered from top to bottom with mud, dirt, and grime and who knows what else. Cobwebs hung in numerous corners. Grease coated the wall behind the stove and the backsplash. The bathroom was nauseatingly disgusting and there were strands of hair stuck everywhere–even in the oven. The yard was piled with three years of dog poop and trash.
Who leaves an apartment like that?! I don’t care if you don’t have to deal with the apartment complex holding you responsible. You just don’t leave that filth for other people!
When we had originally toured it, I at least noticed the place was dusty, but it hadn’t been a concern for me because I thought surely they would clean it–that’s just what you do.
I haven’t even gotten to the damage yet. There was a gaping hole in the bathroom wall from a towel rod being torn out, which I had asked for them to fix before we moved in. They assured us it would be fixed, obviously lying. There was a six-inch hole in the bedroom that they simply plastered over instead of patching it, so it simply sank into the hole.
They damaged/bent the dead bolt so we literally got locked out of/inside our apartment until we could get emergency maintenance to fix it because it simply wouldn’t unlock. Beyond that, the bedroom blinds are trashed with nearly half a side missing (something we wouldn’t have seen because she had the curtains closed when we toured), there are numerous big nail holes and other cracked and spackled places that we never saw when we first toured the apartment. Admittedly, we weren’t looking at the details, but rather, the big-picture. (Though to our credit, I did ask to tour it again so we could look more specifically for damage, but the resident stopped responding to me. With a lease takeover, the complex automatically makes us responsible for all existing damage, so we have a lot to fix. No wonder these residents did a lease takeover instead of finishing out their lease with the complex so they wouldn’t be accountable for their actions.)
We had no choice but to scrub every inch of the apartment. Before we could even move our things in, we had to first spend hours scrubbing the living room so just had a clean place to put them. It was dark before we finished unloading the U-Haul.
I promise I had fully planned on taking pictures of the empty apartment to post on my blog for the exciting moving adventures. However, that was definitely not happening with how disgusting they left it.
This entire week has been spent scrubbing the apartment from top to bottom, inside and out. I have discovered that bleach water is literally the best thing EVER for getting anything off. There are numerous areas of grime that multi-surface cleaner couldn’t even touch but it would come off with a scrubbing sponge and bleach water. Bleach water also puts my mind at ease because now I know everything is sanitized.
We finally tackled the yard this Saturday and it was even more disgusting than I imagined. They had a full trash can of poop and trash outside, yet, the yard also had layers upon layers of dog poop and trash–like they just gave up even trying years ago when the trash can got filled. We started with filling a kitchen size garbage bag just with trash and random dog poop. Then, we went out and bought shovels and work gloves. For the next several hours, we shoveled and dug and filled fourteen garbage bags with dog poop. FOURTEEN. They were ridiculously heavy and I’m not sure my arms have ever felt more sore than after that. There was even dog poop in the fire pit! -_- Joshua’s coworker has recommended we pour hot bleach water on the dirt to kill any bacteria leftover from the poop so our dog doesn’t possibly get sick. Do you think that is a good idea? I’ve never heard of putting bleach on dirt, but the logic makes sense to me.
On the upside, the apartment and yard is now sparkling clean. ❤ We are considering throwing the grill out since it was never cared for, covered, or maintained, so it’s corroded, rusted, and just not safe to cook on. We plan on, instead, purchasing a $70 brand new charcoal-grill and calling it good, lol. (However, Joshua’s coworker is confident he can get it looking brand new again and completely disinfected, so if they want to put in the work, we might just keep it.) I guess we will see what happens.
Even with all this, we love our new apartment. It’s SO much better than our previous one and it actually feels like we can make a home here instead of at our studio–which, let’s be honest, isn’t anything more than a glorified room. I also love that this apartment doesn’t have any carpet, which reduces pet damage. 😉
We still have the living room to finish organizing. We found out that we can’t put any indoor objects in the outdoor storage because there’s all kinds of spiders and creatures in there and I wouldn’t trust bringing anything back into the apartment. It makes for a great place for outdoor items, however, like shovels, firewood, charcoal, a trash can, etc.
I am totally LOVING having a washer and dryer and dishwasher. ❤ ❤ ❤ It may have taken us five days to fill the dishwasher between the two of us, but those five days were the easiest days of dishes ever!
On top of everything with the apartment this week, I found out that my current project with my job is ending, so I’ve had to start training for a new one. We also had to switch internet companies because our previous one didn’t get hardly anything at our new place. That’s actually a good thing, though, because we are now saving money.
Oh, and about three days after we moved in, the management for the complex changed, so we haven’t been able to set up anything for paying rent or seeing our bills, which has added stress to the existing situation due to it just being the 1st of the month.
It’s funny, when I think about it, this has been one of the craziest and most stressful weeks in my life, and my face broke out in response. Yet, I’m just so happy and excited to be here at this apartment! I pretty much despise the previous residents with every fiber of my being, but that doesn’t diminish my joy of having this apartment. Weirdly enough, all the cleaning for this apartment has kind of made it feel more like ours. It’s a fixer-upper rental, lol. I told Joshua that for all the work and money we are putting into this place, I sure hope we can keep renting here for years to make it worthwhile, haha!
I can’t even express adequately how awesome it has been to have a yard for letting Kona out! It’s absolutely amazing to not have to walk her out whenever she has to go–especially in the early morning and at night. On that note, we have such plans for this yard. We are hoping to get solar string lights to hang along the fence, as well as put in a kind of roll-out walkway for the grill & by the gate to reduce bringing in mud and dirt. We have to build up the fire pit a bit more and I have plans for a tiny garden this summer. ❤
Kona and Zelda have adjusted well to the move, though apparently Zelda now thinks there aren’t any rules since this is a new place. We had so few rules before anyway (I mean, what cat truly listens?), but she at least knew she really wasn’t supposed to get on the stove or lick out dishes left on the stove. Now, any existing rules are out the window and she is just all over the place. It cracks me up. That’s a cat for you, I guess! Oh and even though they are adjusting well, it’s easy to tell they miss carpet. They find anything to lay on to avoid the hard floor!
As for our improvements so far, we have re-patched the hole in the bedroom wall (which was already on the list, but Kona made it a priority by eating through the existing spackle, the bad dog) and patching the hole in the bathroom. We still have to texturize them, but at least they aren’t gaping holes any longer.
We also replaced the shower head, which wasn’t damaged, but it just didn’t work well. It basically didn’t have any water pressure so it took like five minutes to just rinse shampoo from my hair. I bought a handheld sprayer with great reviews off Amazon for $16 and Joshua just installed it! I’m super excited about it, especially since it will work great for bathing Kona as well.
If you made it to the end, I’m super impressed! I wanted to share this with all of you, but I also needed to work through it all and chronicle it. I’m a writer at heart, and writing helps me sort through events and emotions–especially when it’s been so much happening at once.
I hope all is well with you guys and I’m working to catch up on blogs whenever I have the chance. 🙂
Until next time,