Renting a House in Cancun

I had another post all done and posted, but I needed to talk a bit about this today. (Sorry to my subscribers who are getting multiple e-mails!)

Since Jorge and I are getting married in July, we’re looking for a new house to rent. We have found two AWESOME options, both of which are near the upper end of our rent budget, at $6,000 pesos a month.

Here are the pros and cons of each house:

House Number 1
-Great kitchen with lots of cabinets, and a stove/oven already included (most kitchens in Cancun come with no cabinets… no lie)
-Very spacious living room
-A/C in living room and 2 bedrooms
-Has 2 bathrooms (not like we need 2, but still, pretty cool)
-Bathrooms are in awesome condition
-Great lighting fixtures throughout the house
-separate dining area
-full closets in both bedrooms (hard to find in Cancun)
-perfect location, walking distance to 3 supermarkets and 2 malls and a large park
-lots of bus routes passing nearby

-tiny bedrooms
-no garden
-tiny back patio, with no grass
-no window in the master bedroom

House Number Two
-amazing kitchen. Seriously. You have no idea. Looks like a rich person’s kitchen.
-same goes for the bathroom…amazing
-large front and back yard, with lots of grass areas (important for dogs and gardening), plus a nice tiled area in the backyard for small parties
-best closet I’ve ever seen in my life in the master bedroom, plus a full closet in the 2nd bedroom
-A/C in both bedrooms and kitchen
-lots of natural light
-private neighborhood with security
-lots of families living on the same street… kids playing and stuff, very charming
-a 15-minute walk from 2 of my best friends’ houses

-good location, but a 10-minute walk from the main road (I need to grab taxis every day) I don’t mind the walk, but closer is always nicer, I guess.
-no bus routes nearby
-house is missing a few details… some handles on kitchen drawers, 2 lighting fixtures are just holes in the ceiling, the ceiling fan in the master bedroom is about to fall out I think, the outside is in desperate need of a paint job… no biggie, but not cool for the price they’re asking. Since the owner lives in Merida, we’re not sure she’d be willing to pay to fix these details. (We talked with her sister, not with the owner)

I think we’d prefer the second house. Jorge loved the awesome, tricked-out kitchen, and I was excited about the backyard garden and tiled patio for gardening and for my dogs. We both liked the fact that the neighborhood was private and had security, plus it seems to be all families.

Problem is, we can’t move into either until beginning of July. With all the wedding expenses, it’s just not in our budget to pay that extra month of rent (June). We might be able to, but it would be really REALLY tight.

Plus, I’d be living by myself until the wedding, so that’s almost 2 months of living alone. 🙁

I already missed an opportunity by waiting out an awesome apartment a few months ago to save money, and I don’t want the same thing to happen here! The house we want has been for rent since January, I think, so it’s unlikely someone will snatch it up… but still, ya never know!

What I might try is offering to go ahead and pay the deposit and sign the contract now, but ask for the contract to start July 1. That way we won’t pay June, but the owner can see that we really are planning on sticking around. Since it’s been on the market since January, she may be desperate. 🙂 I might even see if she’ll go down to $5,000 a month, but I’m such a wuss sometimes that I’m no good at bargaining. Neither is Jorge. We’re such pushovers.

Sorry to go on for so long. I just needed to get all my thoughts out there, I guess. Hey, it’s my blog and I’ll rant if I want to. 🙂

What to do? Being a grownup is hard. Gotta decide by tonight. Advice is welcome.