For two whole weeks?
Can you tell I had no idea where my makeup was packed?
So, our welcome to Redwood City, CA was a little bit rough! With Brent’s new company, Comp Health, you are set up at a hotel as your home base while you review the housing options they offer you. We loved the fact that we actually got to choose! You could also elect to receive a stipend instead for housing and find it yourself, but we aren’t *quite* comfortable enough with the process to do that. Yet.
They set us up at the Comfort Inn for about a week, the last day being the day after Thanksgiving. We were expecting to be all moved in before we even needed to think about a turkey so we weren’t too bothered. We explored the area a little bit since we were right in the heart of downtown Redwood City.
However, as I’m sure you have guessed, things didn’t quite turn out that way. For some reason, Comp Health still hadn’t gotten us our housing options even though they had been promised a few days before we arrived. We had been wanting to look through and make some eliminations so that the first weekend in the city we could go take some tours and hopefully choose a new California home.
After several requests for our options, we finally received one. That’s right, one. The pictures were dark and blurry and the phone number provided was incorrect at first but hey it was something! Oh and it happened to come through a day or two before Thanksgiving. We had no idea where we would end up for the holiday.
We met with the realtor who was a very sweet older lady, Joan, that we made friends with easily and who told us all about the place and the area, and asked lots of questions about Brent’s job. Our assumption was that Comp Health worked with a few regular people or property management companies that they matched with their travelers but it turns out that Joan had never done this before. She sure was in for a treat 🙂 Luckily we absolutely adored the place! It was right on the water, had plenty of space, and was in the safest neighborhood I had ever seen (other than podunk little Boise our hometown! Ok, ok, it is growing..)
We were excited to see what else Comp Health would find for us since the first place was so magical but they let us know that actually, that really and truly was our only option as they could not find anything else for some reason. I do believe it is probably harder to find a furnished place; I’m not sure I would want random people using my sofa and mattress!
We were given the go-ahead to move in by the housing coordinator at Comp Health so we asked Joan for the keys. That is when she told us that she hadn’t actually received any money and so she could not let us move in! Mistake after mistake was made by the housing company that Comp Health uses, they even tried amending the lease AFTER it had been signed by the owner. If you know anything about California real estate this next one will make you laugh – they tried to offer a lower price on the rent for the water front property. Ha! Luckily Joan had liked us enough that she worked through it all with them and held the place available for us.
But guess where we spent Thanksgiving while all of this was going on. 🙂
That’s right, the good ol’ Comfort Inn! Luckily my cousin is a wonderful human being and invited us to her Thanksgiving get together so we were able to get out of the hotel room that smelled like all of the spices I had been generously given by my mother and the dirty clothes that we hadn’t been able to wash. We both actually have quite a bit of family in the area that we are looking forward to hanging out with.
With all of the problems we kept having with the housing company, that by the way is not Comp Health but a company they use (which most likely contributed to the fiasco this became, with news traveling through multiple different people and companies), we ended up at the Comfort Inn for two whole weeks. I was grateful we at least had a place to be of course, but I wouldn’t wish two weeks in a tiny hotel room on anyone! We were also thankful for our microwave and mini fridge.
We are now in our beautiful little place on the water and we are loving life so far! What do you think, have I scared you away from ever trying the travel tech life or does this kind of how-will-it-end adventure excite you??