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Inspections and Appraisal: Check

November 16, 2011

The inspection items were completed today.  A couple hundred dollars later, I emailed the invoice to the realtor, and we can now put that to rest.  And the appraiser came today.  Nice young fellow.  When he was done, I raised an eyebrow, and he said “Nah.  Everything looks good.”  So now he does his paperwork and turns the appraisal over to the buyer’s mortgage company.  We accepted less than we wanted, and the appraisal should come in well above the selling price.

We’re very close to not having to donate any furniture.  Well, when you consider what we took for some stuff, I guess we are sort of donating it, but it’s just about all spoken for.  The buyer is buying the fridge, and everything on the back patio: chairs, bistro table, baker’s rack/plant stand, an old wood bench that’s falling apart, and all the pots!  Our next door neighbor is taking the bench on the front porch, and the big pots that are there.  (I’ve almost stayed awake at night wondering what I was going to do with all the big dirt-filled flower pots in the front and back of the house.)

Three weeks ago, we were beginning to feel the early throes of panic.  Now it’s possible that all we’ll have to dispose of – of any size  – is the box spring in the guest room.

I’ve made another pass at things upstairs, and there is nothing left in any drawer of any cabinet (except the bathroom).  One closet is completely empty, and the other, a walk-in, has a couple of things on shelves that will go to the RV, and some of Nell’s winter clothes.

I’ve gathered almost everything upstairs in tubs or boxes along one wall of the guest room.  This is almost everything from the studio as well as the office desk.  It still needs to be sifted, but it’s getting closer.

Tomorrow I think I’ll take advantage of the cooler weather and spend some time in the garage.  There’s some sorting and organizing still to be done there.

I spent some time on the phone with the office manager at the Northlake Village RV Park, where we’ll be spending the winter until Nell retires.  We have a specific site reserved, storage for the cargo trailer inside a gated area ($1.00 per day), and an assurance that the site manager will greet us and help us get parked and hooked up.  This is a pay-as-you-go operation, so we’ll only pay for each month up front, with no lease.  They seem to be very easy to deal with.  The monthly rate is $475 plus electric for an oversize site for the motorhome.  The site has full hookups: water, electric and sewer.  Each site has a trash cart, which is picked up once a week at the curb.  There is free WIFI throughout the park, although the manager did say it’s not super fast.  That’s an adjustment I’ll just have to make when the time comes.

We changed sites from the one we originally picked out.  During our conversation, the manager agreed with me that the first location, on a corner, was pretty exposed for sitting out the Dallas winter winds.  I wasn’t really excited about that.  Looks like we’ll go in the back of the park where it should be very quiet and not much traffic going by.  And there’s a sizable greenbelt right behind us which may be a good dog-walking area.

My concerns are beginning to shift from getting things done in the house before closing to getting the RV relocated and learning how to maintain all the systems and protect things through the winter.  Isn’t it ironic that we spend a great part of our lives acquiring more and more stuff, and wanting bigger and bigger houses, and then get excited about living and travelling in a 300 square foot box…

Even though we won’t be actually hitting the road yet, we’re only a few days away from loading the motorhome, moving it from storage to an RV Park, and setting up housekeeping.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2011 2:18 am

    good luck and bon voyage

  2. julie Myers permalink
    November 18, 2011 1:46 pm

    THIS, is a very exciting adventure! My best to you both!

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