Ok, so I spoke with the landlord, and he was going to be at the place in the afternoon. In the afternoon, he leaves me a voicemail- the painters will be done on Tuesday and everything will be done.
I stop off with tetsujinnooni
before dinner. Test the lights in the bathroom and kitchen- still not on. Test the water, still not on, but it gurgles like it's been on. It feels like the bathtub has been used, so I turn that on to see if it was just something stuck in the sink's waterworks. Water starts splashing me on the face- dripping off of the blinds on the window. I turn off the faucet- but it still is streaming off the blinds and slowly starts to subside. From what I can tell, the water is coming from the ceiling.
I call the landlord and there's no answer. This is 8:17 pm (by my cell).
It is now Tuesday morning, and I still haven't gotten a call back.
Next door to 719 is another apartment for rent. I called the #, and the manager said that he's in NJ on a job (he's a contractor himself) but that there's a key above the door and I can go take a look. I call him back after the look- and he answers the phone again (it's almost 9 at this point).
Ok, all of the lights, except one where the fixture is not there, work. All of the outlets are grounded and all the existing GFCIs have been replaced and work. The water works. The stove is a bit old (but on the phone with the manager later he says that it and the hot water heater are the first things on his list for that apartment when he gets back from Jersey). Everything is painted and the bathroom has been redone from scratch (and is very very pretty- the manager said that everyone mentions how great the bathroom looks).
The layout for the 3 bedrooms is a little unusual- with doors not only to the hallway but they're all connected to each other (which makes them feel more narrow then the rooms in 719, but they're not). There also aren't the built in lofts of the other place, which cuts on the storage (but Marnen has a loft bed from IKEA that he was using before, which could be set up in the craft room for storage.
Hardwood floors in everything except the bathroom [tile] and the den [carpet]. Another unusual setup- instead of living room, dining room, bathroom, then kitchen as most of the converted Victorians are in Albany, this one goes living room, kitchen, bathroom, den. The floors don't squeak except for one small spot in the living room, even with tetsujinnooni
actively walking heavy and jumping up and down on it.
Hell, even the stairway outside is sturdier and the railings don't wobble at all.
The major busted tree limb that I mentioned overhanging into the back entry for 719 is in this apartment's back yard (which I forgot to mention- I just realizied it's possible that he doesn't know about it if it happened while he's been on this Jersey job and I forgot to mention it last night)
The basement has some more obvious junk in it, but it doesn't have the cobweb central that 719 has.
It's more expensive, and marnen
still needs to see it, and it's available to move in now (would just have to arrange for the day for the manager to replace the stove and light fixture)- but anyone who's helping this Saturday interested in starting earlier and have a bucket brigade from one apartment to the other?
(More on the move details in another post- I'm still doing the truck for this Saturday, even if it's to move the stuff into a storage unit).