So I had a viewing today with the apartment we were supposed to see last week. We talked about it and from what we already saw from outside and such, we decided we'll probably go for this one unless it's too noisy or there's any other big issues from the viewing today.
So I arrive there dead on time, and I get a call; "Sorry, the guy's going to be late, he's very busy today". Okay, fine, at least they told me this time. I waited around and he gets here 5 minutes later, which isn't bad at all. We talk, shake hands, the usual introductory crap and I notice he's looking around like he's lost. I ask him what's wrong, and he admits he has no idea where the apartment is. No problem, it's a confusing area, I'll show him!
We get inside, he closes the door with the keys still in it from outside. Hm. He pulls out a big factsheet for the apartment and takes a minute or two reading it over, and then just puts it down and walks up to the window.
"Well here you have, uh, a laundrettes. You use them to wash your clothes. Obviously. And there's a flippin' fish. Not sure if you're aware, it's a fish and chip shop. Maybe you're into that sort of thing." And he just lists everything he sees from outside. Useful maybe, but I already knew all this. I knew all this from just glancing outside. Maybe he's just getting it out of the way!
"Unfortunately this place hasn't got a driving space, so- oh, sorry, it has two parking spaces. Imagine that, the parking is bigger than the apartment. Haha." Unfortunately, he wasn't far from wrong.
The apartment was tiny. The front door leads straight into the living room, which is the size of my kitchen (actually, a little smaller) at my current home. It looks nice, though, wooden floor and fancy fireplace and stuff. It directly joins onto a kitchen which is about 1/4th of the size of the living room, it looks new and is also kinda nice. The bedroom was about 2/3rd the size of the living room and I think it could just about fit a double bed. At a squeeze. The two closets in there were tiny though, not enough for one person much less two. The bathroom was also very tiny.
There was no heating in any room aside from a fireplace in the living room. The guy said it's enough to heat the whole place but I don't buy it. The extremely busy roads that this is on the edge of were still busy, but much quieter; I could live with the noise, but I might snap and transform into a lorry in a few months.
Oh, and there's also absolutely no signal there for my phone. I'm on T-Mobile, so I can also use Orange's network if I don't have T-Mobile signal, but alas neither of them reach this house. A first for me. I had to do a little dance to get enough signal to call for a taxi back home.
In summary, the apartment is nice but not for us. The salesman knew nothing of the place other than what you can see with your own eyes, and was just very rushed. Back to hunting for us.