Yikes! We have 18 days until the scheduled closing date of May 6th and we’re starting to feel the pressure.
We made some good progress yesterday and plan to stay at it today.
When we first started talking seriously about full-timing, I was determined not to have a storage shed for anything. I had heard stories about people that paid for a storage unit for a year or two, then threw away all the stuff they had paid to store. Al always was leaning towards a storage unit, but I was adamant we wouldn’t have one.
As we are getting close to the end and have learned exactly how much room we have in the motor home, we’re realizing, we will need to have a storage unit.
Since we don’t have any children, or grand kids we don’t have anyone to give family treasures to., and some things just have to be kept. Plus until we get that 40 foot motor home, we just don’t have enough room for all our toys. We intend to have a permanent storage unit near Tampa, which will be our home base. That way, we can put winter clothes there in the summer, dive gear and kayaks there in the winter, and still have room for the items we just can’t part with.
In the meantime, we are putting those types of things into our storage unit here in town. I’m also putting photo albums, china and crystal in storage. I figure down the road, I’ll start moving those albums and photos over to the computer and I can work on selling the china and crystal through Craig’s list when I have more time. There isn’t too much interest in fine china here in rural Georgia. So that’s the plan, for now at least. Of course things can always change.
We feel the storage unit will take some pressure off of us now, by just having a place to put things we can’t sell before closing. Since we can’t sell the mower or golf cart until we have a check in hand, we will have a place to put them until we do. We aren’t going to let go of those two items until we have a check in our hand! The bad thing is that we will have to hang around here until they are gone. We’ve had a lot of interest in the mower and golf cart, so hopefully when we’re ready to let them go, we’ll have a buyer. The other items will need to be moved to a permanent storage unit closet to Tampa, at a later date. Storage sheds are cheap here in Georgia. We’re paying $55 a month for a 15 x 20 unit. In Florida most places would charge over $200. We’ve been looking around for some cheaper places, and may have to get one north of Tampa to keep the price down. We won’t be paying $200 a month, that’s for sure!
We are going under the assumption that the sale will go through as scheduled, and are trying to stay motivated! I’d feel a little better if it would get out of underwriting so that we can get the appraiser out here. Hurry up and wait is our motto!