Image via WikipediaAfter finishing school at the University of Utah in May, we've finally moved into our new house in Carson City! So exciting. Things we've learned:
Image via WikipediaMoving is expensive. I had the choice of a 5,000 sign on bonus or up to 5,000 paid for movers to come move us. The negative about the sign on bonus is that it comes split in two, half after 30 days of employment, and half after 90 days of employment. It also is included as income at the end of the year for tax purposes. We used the movers, mostly because it allowed us to avoid having to borrow the thousands of dollars we would have needed to move ourselves. The positives were that they offered to pack and move everything, and we didn't have to worry about it. We wanted to pack ourselves, because we had a lot of junk to get rid of, and because I didn't want to have to pay the difference if it cost more than 5,000. The negatives were that it ended up costing around 3,700 and I don't get the difference back, and also that they came for our stuff on June 30th, and brought it here on July 10th.
We were more than a week with an empty house. It was brutal with 3 kids. We did get to get to know Carson City, and Lake Tahoe, and Lake Washoe... There's definitely a reason why you've probably heard of Lake Tahoe and not Lake Washoe. Tahoe is big, clear, deep, and clean. Washoe is small, muddy, shallow, and dirty. And mosquito infested. At least it was last week.
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Our experience renting this house has been good so far. Pretty similar to renting an apartment.