Goodbye to Wisconsin, but Hello to Texas

After a whirlwind romantic Vegas vacation, the following Monday Zack had scheduled an interview with a company in Fort Worth, Texas. In less than a week, Friday April 1, 2016 he was offered a position as Marketing Director and agreed on April 18, 2016 as his first day.

OMG.

We only had two weeks to look for a place for him to move into. We didn’t have the time to look at different places in person to shop around. I was grateful that we had been discussing moving out earlier this year, but we couldn’t agree on any of the places we saw in the greater Milwaukee area.

Our main criteria while Milwaukee apartment shopping:

  • 1 Bedroom
  • $800 or less
  • Washer/Dryer in unit or within building
  • 2 Parking Spaces

It’s a short list, right? Any places around Milwaukee rarely have one parking space, let alone two. Our budget was really low because we want to be able to save a lot every month. That short list either kept our commutes just as long as they currently are OR really, really dumpy places. We never jumped at anything.

And good thing we didn’t move. We didn’t find our $800 or less in Texas, but we had found an apartment that had newly updated interiors that was less than $1,000 (about ~$1200 with utilities). It was a one bedroom on the first floor with a patio. There were full size laundry hook-ups in the unit as well as a community gym, outdoor grills, laundry room and three pools (one indoors). I doubt I’d ever find anything with amenities like that in Milwaukee for under $2,000.

Below are some of the photos I took when we moved in. Also, we owned almost zero furniture right now. My desk became our dining table so we did need a second chair. Zack bought a desk on Craigslist for me before I moved (I drove down Memorial weekend). We wanted to buy a couch and a media center, bed frame with headboard, end tables and a chair for the new desk. We did end up buying a washer and dryer from an outlet store, but our unit came with full-size hookups.

Though this place looks cute, please beware. There were many bad experiences that we had during the past nine months. Looks are always what they seem and, sometimes, online reviews really need to be taken into the decision making process.

Patio Living Room

Kitchen View

Dining Room

Bathroom

Have you ever dealt with a cross-country move?

66 Comments

  1. May 29, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    That is a really nice apartment. I LOVE the wood floors and the bright light. And that kitchen is amazing too. Nice choice.

  2. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    I have definitely dealt with a cross-country move. There are definitely a lot of bumps in the road especially because you’re moving to an area you didn’t know about before. Our first month we were supposed to stay in a furnished apartment after one night in that apartment we moved very quickly because it was in a very bad area of town. Your place looks beautiful.

  3. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Wow, talk about a whirlwind move! It can be so hard to find the right place at the right price without leaving your commute insanely long. We haven’t done a cross-country move since getting married, but we’ve been eyeing some out of state jobs so we’ll see!

  4. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Wow you did pretty darn good for have such a short window to move, get settled and up and running. Best wishes on your new adventure. Place looks really nice. Like the wood floors.

  5. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    This place looks great. I love the floors! I have not had to move cross country since I was little, but I remember the hassle my parents dealt with!

  6. May 29, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    You should be applauded at how skillfully you handled this big move. The move from FL to GA just about killed me. I could not imagine moving all the way across country.

  7. May 29, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    I’ve moved several times and I work for a company who calls several apartment complexes. Looks like a really nice place you moved into. God Bless with the new move and job.

  8. jenn
    May 29, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    I have never had to deal with moving cross-country. The reality is, that i haven;t gone very far. I ended up buying a house in the neighborhood I grew up in.

  9. Pam Wattenbarger
    May 29, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    We have never done a cross-country move but it sounds stressful. I always check online reviews before doing anything. Some of them are dramatic but some of them are right on.

  10. January 26, 2017 / 8:09 am

    That is a really nice apartment. I LOVE the wood floors and the bright light. And that kitchen is amazing too. Nice choice.

  11. January 26, 2017 / 10:14 am

    I have definitely dealt with a cross-country move. There are definitely a lot of bumps in the road especially because you’re moving to an area you didn’t know about before. Our first month we were supposed to stay in a furnished apartment after one night in that apartment we moved very quickly because it was in a very bad area of town. Your place looks beautiful.

  12. January 26, 2017 / 10:22 am

    Wow, talk about a whirlwind move! It can be so hard to find the right place at the right price without leaving your commute insanely long. We haven’t done a cross-country move since getting married, but we’ve been eyeing some out of state jobs so we’ll see!

  13. candy
    January 26, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Wow you did pretty darn good for have such a short window to move, get settled and up and running. Best wishes on your new adventure. Place looks really nice. Like the wood floors.

  14. Chrishelle
    January 26, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    You should be applauded at how skillfully you handled this big move. The move from FL to GA just about killed me. I could not imagine moving all the way across country.

  15. January 26, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    This place looks great. I love the floors! I have not had to move cross country since I was little, but I remember the hassle my parents dealt with!

  16. January 26, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    I’ve moved several times and I work for a company who calls several apartment complexes. Looks like a really nice place you moved into. God Bless with the new move and job.

  17. jenn
    January 26, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    I have never had to deal with moving cross-country. The reality is, that i haven;t gone very far. I ended up buying a house in the neighborhood I grew up in.

  18. Pam Wattenbarger
    January 26, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    We have never done a cross-country move but it sounds stressful. I always check online reviews before doing anything. Some of them are dramatic but some of them are right on.

  19. May 29, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    What a cute apartment. I’ve never had to move cross country before and not so sure I’d want to but some instances might make that happen sometime. I find some cute (and not so cute) things on Craig’s list.

  20. Claudia Krusch
    May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    I think this is a great find. I hate to move and can not imagine having such little time to do it. I hope you are enjoying your new job.

  21. January 26, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    What a cute apartment. I’ve never had to move cross country before and not so sure I’d want to but some instances might make that happen sometime. I find some cute (and not so cute) things on Craig’s list.

  22. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Wow, you really lucked out! What a cute place! We sold our investment property, the house we were living in, and bought a house all within three weeks last year…so overwhelming but that’s real estate, I guess!

  23. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    All the places I have lived in after university I have had to do online views only and relied on online reviews by other people so I can relate.

  24. Claudia Krusch
    January 26, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I think this is a great find. I hate to move and can not imagine having such little time to do it. I hope you are enjoying your new job.

  25. January 26, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Wow, you really lucked out! What a cute place! We sold our investment property, the house we were living in, and bought a house all within three weeks last year…so overwhelming but that’s real estate, I guess!

  26. January 27, 2017 / 1:49 am

    All the places I have lived in after university I have had to do online views only and relied on online reviews by other people so I can relate.

  27. Rebecca Swenor
    May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    I have never had to deal with a cross coutry move before. This looks like a great place to rent at a great price for sure. The price is indeed amazing for everything that comes with it and the apt. looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your experience and new home.

  28. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Wow, that is such a whirlwind to get a new job and get settled in! That apartment is really pretty, I love the wood floors.

  29. Rebecca Swenor
    January 27, 2017 / 9:04 am

    I have never had to deal with a cross coutry move before. This looks like a great place to rent at a great price for sure. The price is indeed amazing for everything that comes with it and the apt. looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your experience and new home.

  30. January 27, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Wow, that is such a whirlwind to get a new job and get settled in! That apartment is really pretty, I love the wood floors.

  31. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    I think you made a good choice. I love the natural lighting and the patio too. Congratulations on a successful move and hoping for more good things to come your way!

  32. Bonnie G
    May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    I’m glad that you were able to find that nice apartment. It looks really nice.

  33. January 27, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    I think you made a good choice. I love the natural lighting and the patio too. Congratulations on a successful move and hoping for more good things to come your way!

  34. Bonnie G
    January 27, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    I’m glad that you were able to find that nice apartment. It looks really nice.

  35. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    I”ve never moved cross country but I have moved across the state and I think that’s kind of the same thing…not much time to look, looking at everything online and not in person, and finding out what it’s really like once you actually get there. It was frustrating and I said I would never do that again but who knows? I may be up for an adventure soon…

  36. January 29, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    I”ve never moved cross country but I have moved across the state and I think that’s kind of the same thing…not much time to look, looking at everything online and not in person, and finding out what it’s really like once you actually get there. It was frustrating and I said I would never do that again but who knows? I may be up for an adventure soon…

  37. robin masshole mommy
    May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Wow, that all happened so fast. I am still in the first house I bought and will stay here until my kids graduate high school 🙂

  38. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Sounds like you had a stressful move. I know some things didn’t go your way, but you did end up with a beautiful place to live. Wishing you all the best in your future homes!

  39. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    We are preparing for a move to a nearby city and have driven our own selves sick scouting out the right neighborhoods to consider. I can only imagine a cross country move! Moving is such an expensive venture too. Accumulating furniture and furnishings is a process which takes years based on the outrageous prices of everything. That is why we have become such good DIY and Thrift Upcyclers!

  40. Pam Wattenbarger
    May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Congrats on finding a nice apartment within your budget! I really like those wood floors and it looks like you have a great view from your balcony.

  41. robin masshole mommy
    March 23, 2017 / 6:31 am

    Wow, that all happened so fast. I am still in the first house I bought and will stay here until my kids graduate high school 🙂

  42. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    That apartment looks fabulous and I really love the flooring! I have never moved across country. Just a short span of a 10 minute drive and it was only once. I could not fathom driving far. Oh the stress! I can’t imagine it. Can’t!
    Best of luck on your new adventure in your new place.

  43. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    This place looks great! Cross country moves are such a pain. I’m glad everything worked out for you!

  44. May 29, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Two weeks does not give you enough time to make the right decisions. I would also look at the reviews to get a better picture of a place before choosing it.

  45. March 23, 2017 / 8:04 am

    Sounds like you had a stressful move. I know some things didn’t go your way, but you did end up with a beautiful place to live. Wishing you all the best in your future homes!

  46. March 23, 2017 / 8:19 am

    We are preparing for a move to a nearby city and have driven our own selves sick scouting out the right neighborhoods to consider. I can only imagine a cross country move! Moving is such an expensive venture too. Accumulating furniture and furnishings is a process which takes years based on the outrageous prices of everything. That is why we have become such good DIY and Thrift Upcyclers!

  47. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    What a whirlwind time in your life. Sound like you both handled it really well. Must have been exciting and hard both at the sometime to find an apartment. Good thing your list wasn’t that long.

  48. May 29, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Looks like a great place! While I’ve never made a big move like that, I have friends and family who had to do a big move on short notice. I can’t imagine how stressful it is! Glad that you found something you liked.

  49. Pam Wattenbarger
    March 23, 2017 / 10:10 am

    Congrats on finding a nice apartment within your budget! I really like those wood floors and it looks like you have a great view from your balcony.

  50. March 23, 2017 / 10:43 am

    That apartment looks fabulous and I really love the flooring! I have never moved across country. Just a short span of a 10 minute drive and it was only once. I could not fathom driving far. Oh the stress! I can’t imagine it. Can’t!
    Best of luck on your new adventure in your new place.

  51. March 23, 2017 / 10:48 am

    This place looks great! Cross country moves are such a pain. I’m glad everything worked out for you!

  52. March 23, 2017 / 10:56 am

    Two weeks does not give you enough time to make the right decisions. I would also look at the reviews to get a better picture of a place before choosing it.

  53. May 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    It looks pretty good to me. If I were younger and just starting out, I would have been very happy with that. It’s a great little place to start.

  54. May 29, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Congratulations to your husband and best of luck with your move. I would totally stressing out and awake 24/7 making decisions and prepping.

  55. March 23, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    What a whirlwind time in your life. Sound like you both handled it really well. Must have been exciting and hard both at the sometime to find an apartment. Good thing your list wasn’t that long.

  56. March 23, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Looks like a great place! While I’ve never made a big move like that, I have friends and family who had to do a big move on short notice. I can’t imagine how stressful it is! Glad that you found something you liked.

  57. Claudia Krusch
    May 29, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    I hope I never have to do a cross country move again. I love your new place. The wood floors are a nice touch.

  58. March 23, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    It looks pretty good to me. If I were younger and just starting out, I would have been very happy with that. It’s a great little place to start.

  59. March 23, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Congratulations to your husband and best of luck with your move. I would totally stressing out and awake 24/7 making decisions and prepping.

  60. Claudia Krusch
    March 23, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    I hope I never have to do a cross country move again. I love your new place. The wood floors are a nice touch.

  61. Rebecca Swenor
    May 29, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    I have never had to deal with a cross country move before and especially in such a little amount of time. It looks like you really lucked out with this apartment. Good job finding a great place. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  62. Rebecca Swenor
    March 24, 2017 / 4:21 am

    I have never had to deal with a cross country move before and especially in such a little amount of time. It looks like you really lucked out with this apartment. Good job finding a great place. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  63. May 29, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    It sounds like quite the adventure. I’ve never moved across country. Congrats to Zack on the new gig. The new apartment sounds like a dream.

  64. March 27, 2017 / 5:59 am

    It sounds like quite the adventure. I’ve never moved across country. Congrats to Zack on the new gig. The new apartment sounds like a dream.

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