Hi all, long story short, we are about to realize a dream we have had for a long time. With this year's tax refund, we are able to find a rental home, pay a deposit, and move there over the course of the next few months. So we are going to do it. The hard part will be finding something big enough, within our price range, that accepts cats and dogs (one dog, six cats) and is in a decent area.
So far, I've found ONE rental I like. It's in a new subdivision; it says cats and dogs are okay (have emailed for more info); it has four bedrooms (there are six of us); it's less than $800 a month (our initial budgeted amount); and it has a fair amount of square footage (about what we have here). I don't know how much deposit they'd require but I can't see it being over $1000; and we can easily provide proof of my husband's employment status. The nice thing is, I could take this rental now, and we could slowly go through our stuff and move things over the next several months; having an address down there would enable my husband to find a job down there (one of the stumbling blocks he's had prior to this), and being able to remain up here for the time being would allow my children as well as myself to finish the school year, and I could have the entire summer to get us all transferred to schools down there. My kids are 15 (freshman), 13 (7th grade), 10 (4th grade) and almost 3.
The only two problems I foresee at this time are: 1) its proximity to Orlando International Airport; and 2) the maximum number of pets allowed by the owner. Airport noise is not a deal-breaker, as we both grew up right by Chicago-O'Hare; but it would be VERY hard for me to give up my furbabies (though if I must, I must). Like I said above, getting my DH a job down there is not going to be difficult once we have a physical address; he's a truck driver and that is a high-demand job in just about every area of the country. I would have to find out about local nursing schools though, as that is my intended major in school.
So...without really getting into a long, drawn-out explanation, who can tell me something about the area bordering the south side of Orlando Int'l. Airport? Thanks!