I’ve been a little AWOL. Remember back 8 months ago? Let me help you with that. We were getting our house ready for sale. Things went a little slowly at first. Hubby listed our home on MHVillage.com (Mobile Home Village). That was all, for a while. We were going to sell our home without a realtor.
We got two leads on our house from the website. One early on, the next one a week ago. Finally we put an ad in the local newspaper, and a sign on the road. The sign on the road brought in the calls.
Many of the calls were from people with one or two thousand dollars, looking for owner financing. No thank-you. Were we asking too much? Hubby and I disagreed. Finally, two weeks ago, we had two people making offers. We got a price very close to our asking price.
Closing on a mobile home is a very easy thing. For the seller there is a three-step process: Pay the years taxes, collect our money, and sign the title. That’s it! We were done. The buyer had to pay sales tax ($14.08), sign on the appropriate line, and submit it for a new title.
We don’t have a new home to move into. We do have a camper. We have decided we can move into our camper, and take our time looking for a house.
We examined our moving options. The most expensive option is a pack and move from a moving company costing around $6000. This option is the easiest on us. We decided we would rather save the money from moving to our new home, for purchasing our new home. We are not as young as the last time we moved ourselves, plus we have more stuff. We are pacing ourselves, and moving our stuff into our storage locker.
I am exhausted after little more than a week of cleaning out our storage locker (requiring several trips to Goodwill), packing up the house, and several trips with boxes to the locker. We are about half way done with the packing.
We have another week-and-a-half before the deadline to be out of the house. I have aches and pains in places I’ve forgotten about. When the rain came we were relieved. We had a good excuse to sit at home. We needed the rest. We needed help.
“Ask and ye shall receive,” the good book says. A neighbor offered his help. Just when we needed help. During breakfast at McDonald’s a couple sitting behind me was talking about how tired they were, and how badly they had slept the night before. As we were leaving, we passed them walking along the road. Hubby said they were trying to get across town. We decided to give them a ride.
Turns out a family argument had them sleeping under the stars on a fairly wet night. They were on their way to another family member’s home. The family argument also created an interruption to the man’s employment. We asked him to help us move boxes and furniture. More help! He was ready to come right with us and get to work. We told him Monday would do.
We rested most of the weekend, and will be ready for the week ahead, with helpers! We are now getting to those things we need every day to live comfortably. Our kitchen is slowly being packed into boxes, and soon we will have nothing left to cook with, and nothing to eat off of. Our entertainment system is half in a box, and half still in use.
We are slowly filling our camper with all the things we are going to need for our first extended stay. Plus, we are bringing our house plants, those things that cannot be stored (anything that might explode), our dog, and two cats. Oh boy! I’ve read much about living in a camper, but the implementation phase is about to begin.
What fun we will have!