Onward Journeys

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Where the frick did March go? Can you believe it’s already April??? I was busy all March and have made some decisions finally on what I’m doing “long term” now. Kind of anyway, I can be indecisive, but we’ll see how this goes!

Shadow is again, being Shadow

What Has Been Going On?

First big thing, that job I applied for, I got it! Huge pay increase, however I am working again full time. I hate full time jobs, I never have the energy to do anything after my work week. But with this job, buying a house it that much closer to becoming a reality.

Buying a house sucks, and if you’ve talked to me for any length of time, you know just how much it sucks... So with that in mind, I think I’m just going to replace mine. There’s a couple companies in town that build brand new modular homes and do the whole delivery / install for you. I’ve been looking into them and they’re beautiful. All the space, new appliances, the whole lot man, SO NEW AND PRETTY! This route gives me the “buying a new house” feel without too much “fear of change”. At least in my mind anyway...

Streaming has been a hit! I love every day I do it. There’s some regulars popping in, and I’m really remembering reoccurring names. It’s just amazing that I get to do something like this! Come check that out!

And Midna being Midna

Boyfriend is Much Farther Away Now

My boyfriend is moving. He’s gone to the other end of town now. And that super sucks, but at the same time, he can afford to live. I’ve been helping him move and holy frick I’m sore. I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard in my life.
Today is day five of him moving. We’re finally done all the actual moving stuff, and now it’s just getting him settled in. My body doesn’t hurt as much as it did which is amazing. These past few days have been like going to a gym! 
Even though him moving sucks, I’ve had a lot of fun. And I know he’s not gone gone so… Yeah. 

Dad and I at “Plant Land”

Stay Tuned

I’m making up a post on what I’m doing with my house in more detail for later. So keep an eye open for that! Oh, and keep an eye open for my soon to be blonde pictures again! But anyway,

Thanks for coming with on my month end adventure! Have an amazing day and stay safe out there!
— Deryn

 

Housing Differences

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I know and I’m sorry. But homes are fun to look at! I, yet again, fell in love with a house that I currently cannot afford. There’s a place up in the fancy residential area going for $675,000. I say fancy, anything under a million is the “standard” in my part of the world.

This particular place I’m looking at has a separate driveway even. A nice back yard, and the upstairs is about three of my trailers stuck together. That kind of space is nuts! Having a room just for my computer is like, a dream I never thought I could achieve, but running the numbers, I bet I could do it this year. Especially if I try hard enough, I could easy get a place this year.

Even looking from $500k to $600k is a crazy change a lot of the time. A lot of places in the five range don’t have things like a suite, or an unfinished suite. Whereas a 600 home has a full suite already and considered legal. My big thing is, for  me to afford a house and not be completely reliant on a co-signer is I need a suite.

Do I Really Need A Suite?

The average basement suite in my part of the world goes for like, $1200 to $1500 for a single bedroom a month. That’s like, half a mortgage on a home that’s $500k-$600k. See why I said I need a renter.

I Mostly Want Something New

So I have more space to grow. My trailer would be great if it were say, just me, or me and one other person, but two people, two cats and a decent sized dog… I want me family to live comfy, ya know?

The only reason I can do all of this is because of this trailer though. This place has been home for so many years, and I can’t really see myself living anywhere else, but this is something I really want to do. Plus like, unless the world dies, I own a house doing that. It just feels like the next step in my life I want to take.

But yeah, that’s my life today. Next to working out with my roommate. I’m going to go make lunch. Have a good day and be safe out there!
— Deryn

What About Calgary

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Yesterday while hanging out on Discord, a friend suggested moving to Calgary. He lives in like, the South East I think? After sending me a link to a townhouse going for less than what I’d sell my trailer for, I’m honestly considering it. I’ve lived in BC my whole life, and have always just, never liked Alberta. But at the same time, I’ve usually only driven through it or been visiting family I don’t care for. It would be that real “fresh start” I am looking for too. Moving though, that’s a scary thought.

Housing prices is what really gets me. A townhouse for example, in my part of town like on the other side of the highway from where I work. $300K, one bed and one bath, strata is upwards of $500 with a mortgage looking about $950 a month. That works out to $1450 a month for a TOWNHOUSE. As you can tell, I’m upset, and that’s without even taxes involved. Now, looking at Calgary, a two bed and two bath, for $250K. Only like 3% taxes, and putting the same money down, $740 for the mortgage and $122 for strata. Makes the living price $862 a month. The price difference is nuts! And the taxes in the province is a huge difference too!

I know I know, I’m rambling on about money, and I’m sorry about that. But in my defense, I’m a broke bitch. Calgary is not a place I visit often, so I don’t actually know much about the city. I know there’s three major highways which is nice. And getting about 20km doesn’t take two hours in rush hour. There’s no family of mine out there though. See, this is my issue with moving that kind of distance – No family out there, none of my really good friends unless I bring them with, and I’d have to 100% rebuild my life. Stuff like favourite grocery stores, preferred dentists, and dog walking routes would be a whole new thing!

I know Shadow looks dirty, but my dad gave him like, an entire $5 bag of catnip. He was rolling around in it

I’ve never moved like this before, or really ever before. I wouldn’t be able to go alone, that would be too much. However, the more I think about it, the more I kind of really like the idea. As of right now, I’m not doing anything besides rebuilding my place and preparing for Christmas. Oh right, I’ve got a month and a bit until that. Anyway, that’s all I have for today! Be safe out there, and we’ll talk again soon!
— Deryn

I had No Idea Apparently

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You’d think with me calling around and checking out prices and whatnot that I would be somewhat knowledgeable with this renovation shit. But no, alas, I know literally nothing apparently. A wonderful and amazing friend of mine actually just bought a condo, so she’s been enlightening me on the whole thing. Today, I’m heading to Home Depot to look at cabinets. So, there’s that I guess.

Remember when I covered my counters in contact paper? I’ve discovered paint for counter tops is actually reasonable in the pricing world. Painting is also fun, so I’m down to do that and rip the contact paper up. When I put it all down the first time, I really should have been more diligent. Ehh, you live and you learn.

November second is when a door person is coming by. Right at eight in the morning I should start to find out what that will run me. The door frame itself is going to be replaced, and then we can start actually looking at doors. Wood to fill in the frame is going to be the only cost friendly part of that I recon. I however signed up for this.

Photo Credits

*Fun magical emoji’s* The Next Day *Fun magical emoji’s*

Home Depot has no cabinet displays right now as they’re renovating. That’s fine because I got a catalog. Cabinets man, they’re actually super stylish! My kitchen is a small space, so I’m thinking deep cabinets that are bright to make the room feel bigger and not compromise on storage space. Or I could just redo the whole kitchen... Counters, cabinets and the floor in one go? I can do that!

I brought up buying a solid door for my lovely roommate, and my boss decided to educate me on how that’s weird. Most inside doors are hollow. I made the argument “zombies” and was again told I was wrong because the doors to the outside should be solid then. Well, fine. That makes sense. I don’t like it, but it does. Although that means I can save a few bucks. Hollow doors are quite a bit cheaper, and they make hollow ones with soundproof, filling? insides? stuff inside.

Photo Credits

Yesterday I was extremely stressed over this, but now that I’ve had some sleep I am ready to conquer this. But that’s all I have for today. Be safe and have a great day! Oh, and stay tuned for more renovation updates!
— Deryn

Calling Around for Renos

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I need to fix my place before I even consider selling it, and with that, I have made a list of things I need to fix. Is that too repetitive, probably honestly. In this list, I’ll also be adding whether or not I’m doing it myself and how much roughly I’m looking at for pricing. Renovations are not fun anymore and I really just want to be done with it.

Roommate went and saw some whales!

First big thing is the roommates room. I’ve been putting off actually looking for things like, an actual bedroom door, or even filling in a piece of her ceiling. Granted that is cosmetic, but it’s still something I want to do for making my place look like it’s worth more. I can fill a ceiling myself and I have everything to do that, I just have to do it. The door needs to happen, and I’ve been calling around looking into it, so far no one installs. Which is ass...

Bought Midna a Halloween Costume

Went and looked at some door prices just as a “what if” and found that HOLY FRICK doors are expensive. I want to have a solid door installed just for noise (Midna likes to bark) and zombie proofing. I know zombies are not a realistic thing to worry about, but I watched Night of the Living Dead and you need a solid door. Maybe a barn door or French door could be installed even. No matter what, I have to wait and see.
Got a response, should hear back soon with actual pricing and whatnot!

More England Pictures

My deck needs some TLC. Floor problems and open insolation are a huge problem if I want to sell. Aesthetics are a big thing with buying and selling homes, and in my current state I’m not getting any extra points. Work like this requires people who do trades for a living. I refuse to continue doing any more work myself. You know, it’s not that I refuse, I just hate it. Wow, I feel aggressive today, sorry about that. I got a little heated over this.

My kitchen is probably going to be the biggest job. Under the stove has a sunken spot in the floor and that kind of really sucks. Besides that, I have, or at least want, to redo that cabinets. 1970’s cabinets just did not age well and I need to update them. Rebuilding walls and cabinets are also going to take time. Revamping the place up will really bring up the value of this trailer though.

Otherwise, that’s really it for renovations. I’m confident that within the year I’ll have my place prettied up and ready to go on the market. No matter what, I’m going to fix my place up, not only for me and the possibility of selling, but also because I have found myself a long term roommate. This year is going to be my year, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop me. But yeah, that’s it for me! Be safe and have a great day!
— Deryn