So as you can probably imagine life in a two bedroom with a toddler, twins, two dogs, two adults and a cat is a little bit squished (to put it mildly) LOL.
Originally, the plan was to buy a house when “the baby” was one. When Sawyer was born, my brother lived in his room, so he lived in ours until he was one and my brother moved out. I cosleep anyways so it’s not a big deal. But that was when we were planning on one baby. Since we were one of the truly lucky ones who gets blessed with twins, space has become an issue sooner than we thought. We are not ready to buy a house yet so we have decided to look for a bigger place to rent. It will cost a little more, but it gives us more time to save and the big plus: once the kids are in school we can move wherever we want without having to be super close to my parents.
If you don’t know about Toronto, it was recently ranked among the five most expensive cities to live in in North America! This means that for first time homebuyers like ourselves, houses here are way out of reach. Most people buy outside the city and commute. Since we depend on my mom to help babysit while we work we can’t to this, and have been trying to make it work. So the waiting makes sense to me. I used to think of it as throwing away my money, but after a lot of reading and research I now see it as being responsible, planning for the future, and holding out for something better, something I want.
We have decided to move between now (well two months from now because of notice) and October. We want a house or townhouse, three bedroom with laundry and air conditioning. We are not overly fussy (other than the price, but we are willing to be on the higher end). I think the biggest challenge will be the pets.
In Toronto, we have legislation called the Tenants Act which prohibits any landlord from refusing to rent to someone because they own pets. This is great…in theory. In reality, they will turn you down and either use something else as an excuse or leave it up to you to take them to.court (yeah right). Apartments are usually good on this from because they are businesses and know the law. However, when it comes to houses and more private rentals this becomes a bigger issue. Obviously, my pets are NOT going anywhere but with me, so keep your paws crossed.
Here’s to a new house this summer 🙂