5 weeks and about 40 rental houses looked at.
Amongst the crud, there have been a few cracked gems (apart from the one we didn't get), most of which reared their heads yesterday.
The Belgrave treehouse on Friday was old, and the traffic noise was insane! It was worse than where we are currently! Instead of waking up really early on Saturday to trudge back up to Belgrave, we went and sat outside the third 'hills' house. Again, the traffic noise was very bad, like being on a main road. Why is it that traffic noise travels more and is louder up in the hills than in the more urban areas?
One yesterday I loved. Sensibly, because there was no storage or cooling, it was not good enough. I could have kept chooks!
The second last one would have been do-able except for the lack of cooling and being right on Springvale road (mmm the worst traffic noise I have ever heard, inside a house).
We decided to throw budget to the wind and look at a brand "new and stunning" house. Definitely new, stunning but a single garage, and the finishing (paint/fixtures) left a lot to be desired. Both of us had paint/dust from brushing past a corner or doorway, and the place was already cracking badly. Previous experience has shown those cracks to become a lot worse.
However, it did show that there were 'nearly there' houses out there, if we were prepared to pay a little more. So, on it goes....
Here's hoping for some excellent fresh stock for next weekend.