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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Our Big Move – Part 2

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At the end of my last post, I mentioned that we did some house hunting online while awaiting escrow to close on our California home. One of the sites we check out was from a subdivision we noticed while vacationing in Idaho this past July. We had quite a wish list for our next home. This builder had so many options that it covered everything on our wish list:

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1. An RV garage for our travel trailer – we wanted it stored at our home, so it’s always accessible and we wouldn’t need to pay to have it stored somewhere else.

2. A garage big enough for our two trucks, plus storage of season stuff and a woodworking shop for hubby.

3. A great room open concept for the living spaces. In our last home we had a living room, family room, dining room and an eat-in kitchen. About the only time the living room and dining room got any use was for the holidays and on cleaning days.

4. A room for hubby’s home office and a room for my office/sewing/still life photography.

5. We also wanted an in-law suite should my parent ever want (or need) to move in with us.

6. Finally, we want a place with a minimal yard work.

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Just prior to escrow closing, we towed our trailer to Idaho where we planned to live while finding our Idaho home. We arrive and set up our little temp home on 10/1. We had allowed ourselves an extra day should there be anything else that needed doing before we headed back to California to sign all the final papers and have the moving company pick up our household goods to store and later deliver to our new house.

It turns out there was nothing that needed doing, so we headed over to the subdivision to check it out and ask a million questions. As we were arriving I noticed a home with an RV garage and little red pick-up truck parked in the driveway. I pointed it out to hubby, and said there’s an RV garage and it even likes your truck is already there.

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We followed the signs to the model homes and went in to talk with the lady in the office. They could easily build exactly what we want and at a reasonable price too. The kicker was that with winter approaching, it would take about 7 months. Yicks!!

As she drove us around the community, she pointed the clubhouse, gym, swimming pools, fire station, and myriad of other amenities. The she drove us by the house we notice earlier – the one with the little red truck in the driveway of the RV garage. She mentioned that the owner was going to be selling and that he even had a separate apartment in it for guests or in-laws. This news really peeked my interest…BIG TIME!!! However, that’s where we left it.

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We returned to California, signed papers and watched our stuff being loaded into moving trucks. We cleaned an empty house, and then caught a good night’s sleep at a nearby hotel before driving back to Idaho and our tiny house. We were allowing for the month of October for house hunting and month of November for the escrow process. We just couldn’t image we would be able to wait 7 months before we could move into our next home.

Our plan was to visit the local branch of our bank and get preapproved for a mortgage before starting our house hunting. That process we very well and very fast. The bank even got us connected to a realtor. By the following weekend we were visiting home after home and not finding anything close to what we wanted. We then mentioned the home (with the little red truck) to the realtor. Yes, it was indeed for sale and we went to check it out. It had everything on our wish list and we had made up our minds to buy while we were still there.

There was negotiating, but an agreement was reached. Escrow is closing on the 30th. We can hardly wait to get into our new home and out of this tiny house.

More to come in the next post: Our Big Move – Part 3.

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