It have been a week since my last post. Did anyone of you miss me? Lol! I sure hope so *wink*
Last week was quite slow, right up to the end….details to follow in my subsequent post. On Saturday night, we finally paid for a small and cozy basement apartment in Ottawa’s Carlington region. The apartment cost CAD 1,500 per month. Our intention is to stay there for a month, till we settle down and settle in.
During this time, we will start our (semi-permanent) home search. Semi-permanent meaning the home we will rent till we can afford to get a mortgage and buy our own home. Mr. O and I both agree that it is better to be present during the house search. Also, before committing to a long term lease, we would like clarity around Mr. O’s work prospects and our own first-hand experience of the various neighbourhoods in Ottawa. Of course, good school districts remains a top priority for us.
CHOOSING OUR HOME
Based on research and conversations that we have had, we discovered that the preference for landlords in Canada is a lease of 12 months. Occasionally, one may find houses with lease terms of under 12 months, but this is rare. Also, we kept seeing requirements such as pay slips/proof of income and credit report, all of which (of course) we did not have. The alternative was to find an Ottawa friend/family member who could co-sign on our lease. This was not an option for us.
So, knowing this, we searched on kijiji and Airbnb for furnished short-lets in Ottawa. The search was quite frustrating, because just when we had found a really nice home, we would search this site for the crime report for that neighbourhood, only to learn that it was not a very safe area. Then we would start all over again. Worse still, our options were quite limited partly because our budget was CAD 1,500 and we had every intention of sticking to it. Reviews also made it hard to choose. You see, I am a review-holic, if there is such a thing as this. This sometimes ticks Mr. O off, but I can’t help myself. I estimate that I read over 10,000 reviews when shopping for baby products 3 years ago. So you can imagine that house hunting was no different!
I was quite skeptical about the whole “basement” thing. “How can we live in someone’s attic?”, I kept asking Mr. O. “Ah! We are now the Cinderella of Ottawa!”, I exclaimed a number of times. He would laugh at me and say, “Only for a season, be patient.” Sigh, this is a learning experience for me oh!
Anyway, on Saturday, we found an apartment that ticked most of our boxes – safe neighbourhood, affordable, good reviews, clean house, fully equipped kitchen etc. There are about three daycare centres around the apartment, but this is not so important at this point, since we may not stay in the same neighbourhood after our 1 month rent is up. Thank God! Tickets….check! House…..check!
WRAPPING IT ALL UP
This our Canadian Fling is fast becoming a love affair oh! I am falling fast and hard for Canada, and our life therein. I can’t wait to update you all once we land. BTW, our flight on Air Maroc leaves Lagos at 6am!! 6am??? OMG! Please pray for us that we make our flight. Lol!
Till my next post…….