Wednesday, December 20, 2017
A saga ends
The sharers I have living at my place mostly stay for quite a while and we get to know them well. So when they move out we tend to regret seeing them go. The good-humoured Sikh guy in the back room moved out in early October so we were sorry to see him go. He had been there for 4 years. The guy in the front room has been with me for nearly 30 years.
The back room was a bit run-down, however, so Joe and I decided to renovate it before re-letting it. In particular, it had an old plastic sink in it that had become very grotty. The sink cabinet was however a very solid one made of real wood so I wanted to preserve that and just get a new sink to go on top of it. The existing sink was an odd size, however, so that gave us problems. Eventually we decided to get a new benchtop from Bunnings and drop a caravan sink into it. We managed to make that work only because of the great talents of Dudley, who even did the tiling around it once the sink was in. It probably took us a month to get the job done with all the issues involved.
And then we had to get a tenant. I advertised in both the Brisbane newspaper and on an internet site for finding flatmates. But it was slow going. Most of the applicants were on the dole and I didn't want that. They too frequently get behind on their rent.
But after around two months, today I finally let the room -- to a quiet young Brazilian guy. I think he will work out. Below are a couple of photos of the room