We all have an idea of our perfect place to live.
It’s the idea of a dream home where our deepest comfort and materialistic desires manifest themselves into objects like big screen televisions, sprawling landscapes, large open windows and the all-important man cave.
It’s the place where we go when we’re daydreaming. Maybe it’s located on the golden sands of Barbados or just in the backwoods of Deer Lake.
Either way, it’s where we imagine we’ll be the happiest no matter the circumstances.
For me, there’s sports memorabilia, a giant television, a fully stocked bar, a record player and a good couch.
I know what you’re thinking. There are definitely some holes in my dream home scenario.
Where’s the kitchen?
You need a bedroom. Where will you sleep?
Don’t worry. The couch is perfect for sleeping and pizza is on call every day of the week.
See, foolproof. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.
There’s nothing that could possibly go wrong.
Back on topic: Being that I’m in the process of finding accommodations in Corner Brook for my inevitable move to the west coast at the end of February, part of that process has been visiting the likes of Kijiji, NL Classifieds and the various social media classified groups that exist.
There’s no shortage of places up for rent, whether it be a room, one-bedroom or two-bedroom options for those looking to make a move.
Choices are good. Choices make it a bit easier to find the one spot to make your stay in a place that much better.
With that out of the way, the question becomes where’s the best spot to find a place to live if you’re moving to the jewel of the west?
Surfing the digital waves of the Internet leads me to think there really isn’t a solid answer to that question.
You’re going to find cheap, decent spots in all three locations. It really depends on what you’re looking for or what group you fit with.
Sure, you might find a better deal for that affordable family home on Facebook, but the better individual deals could on NL Classifieds.
Generally, rental fees range in the $700 range no matter what you clumsily type into the search bar.
Ultimately, the decision comes down to you.
Do you want to pay utilities?
Are you comfortable with a roommate?
If you’re shunning the other three because you were told the other spaces aren’t as good, you’re only hurting yourself.
Each offer the same service in the end.
It’s as much a game of chance as anything else. It’s more buying three different types of pull tabs at a convenience store and hoping you get at least one winner.
— Nicholas Mercer is the online editor with the Western Star. If you know of a good spot looking for a pretty decent tenant, drop him a line. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org