After months of looking and weeks of trying, I found an apartment today. One that I have the option to sign for 6 months, even though I’d be willing to go for a full year.
I sign the lease tomorrow.
How long did it take me to make that decision? About 10 minutes.
All the other places that I looked at are listed on a whiteboard in my Airbnb, pro-and-con’d within an inch of their lives.
This one has a great interior but the rent is really expensive. That one has the space that I’m looking for but the front window looks into the recycling center. This other one has a gas stove and beautiful light fixtures, but let’s be honest, it’s way more space than I need or could use.
If I narrowed the decision, and made it “that apartment versus keep looking for apartments,” the latter won every time.
None were the apartment that I wanted.
The decision to pick any of the was difficult.
Then I found “the one” (even though I don’t believe in “the one”).
Sure, this new one has an event center next door with unknown levels of partying, and a view that’s pretty terrible, and a busy street outside, but it had every other major thing I was looking for, plus a certain charm of its own. The kind of alchemy that reflects the “soul” of a space.
This decision? Easy.
Maybe it was the byproduct of having looked at so many options that I knew what was out there, what was worth jumping on, and what is realistically in my price range.
Maybe it was choice fatigue (but I doubt it).
Maybe this landlord was especially persuasive (he wasn’t).
This place was clearly the best.
The moral of this story is that pro/con lists are only useful when you have to make decisions between a bunch of sub-optimal choices.
When there’s one clear winner, you know it.
Don’t lie to yourself.
Go for it.