After hearing horror stories about people taking up to 6 months to find a place to rent in Hamburg, I was expecting Operation Find-An-Apartment to take a very long time. However, I completely lucked out and was offered on Sunday evening the apartment I viewed in Eimsbüttel last Thursday. I went over last night and signed the contract. My moving in date is the 1st February but the owners agreed to let me start moving in my stuff on the 29th January.
I’m so relieved about finding a place, especially one as lovely as my new apartment. It has a balcony – complete with a flower box, a dishwasher and a hall cupboard (storage space!). The kitchen opens up on to the living room creating a lovely big space, so I’m in no danger of feeling cramped. When I was researching all about Hamburg, Eimsbüttel was the place I thought would be a really nice area to live so I am feeling incredibly fortunate to find an apartment there.
Now comes the hard part, moving. I officially own nothing. Well, that’s not exactly true, the household items I do own are a frying pan, a drying rack and a mop, not really items that are useful in setting up a house. I will need to buy furniture, appliances like a fridge, TV and washing machine and things like a dinner set, saucepans, utensils etc. I also need to buy lights and get them installed – German apartments come without lights.
It is going to be tight. I have to move out of my current place by the 1st Feb so I have no time to get everything done in my new apartment before moving in. Basically I have to move, get furniture etc delivered and electrical work done all over the course of 2 days. It is going to be a logistical nightmare. Factor in that I don’t speak German and cue me starting to stress out, big time.
I am going to have to get over my issue with asking for help. I hate asking people to help me. I feel like it’s an irritation to them, even though they may have offered. I like to be independent and do everything myself. But here is a situation where I can’t. I’m going to need help. Time for some personal growth and get over this stupid hang up.
I pick up the keys for my new apartment next week. I promise to take photos of my new place for everyone who has already asked me for them. Tips about decorating will be greatly received as I don’t have the foggiest idea about decorating and which colours go well with what.