I’ve been pretty frustrated trying to find a house here. It’s a very hard place to find a house to start with but there are so few listings right now. If you’ve followed this, you know that I started out looking for something like a one bedroom, one bath apartment – something to keep us from having to stay in hotels when we’re here. Eating out every day would make me crazy. I found an apartment, talked the lady into letting us bring Rita but then Vince decided he didn’t want to do that. He’d rather buy a house. I’ve been apprehensive about that because of (1) keeping the yard up (2) safety of it being empty while we’re gone for probably five or six weeks at a time and (3) as many of you have mentioned, if Chad gets transferred or changes jobs and leaves town. It doesn’t bother me to sell a place and find another one. It isn’t our “home” so it isn’t like it would be a big move.
Also, the small house has gone from Vince insisting we have a basement because I’m afraid of storms, him wanting a fireplace, a garage and a shop. What? Our little house here is going to be nicer than our home!
Last night I talked to a friend who lived here when we did. They moved away just a couple of months before we did so it’s been well over 8 years since they left and they still haven’t sold their house here. It isn’t a bad house . . they’ve reduced the price, they’ve had contracts that fell through, they’ve had renters that were supposed to buy it and didn’t. They were probably only here three years . . maybe less.
I had wanted our own place, apartment or small house, so we could leave our clothes and things here and not have to pack for a trip, then go home with dirty clothes. I wanted to leave bedding, pillows, clothes, projects, favorite pots, Instant Pot, air fryer, etc. here. But . . are we really willing to make that kind of investment.
Today I began looking at cabin rentals. I found two . . both said NO PETS! We will not leave Rita. I wrote both of them and asked if they would consider a small, well behaved dog with a deposit. One said no and . . one said yes! I’m pretty sure that cabin doesn’t have internet. Vince said he could live with it. I can live without internet for a week. There is a TV.
As soon as I get home and get some dates when my friend can care for the chickens, I’ll book us a trip back to MO.
This is a good development. I’d rather Vince look at houses, look at areas . . then make decisions what to buy, where to buy or .. not to buy! I’m going to bed tonight feeling confident!
Wendy Polsson says
What about renting your friend’s place until they sell it?
Judy Laquidara says
They have a renter now. It’s a pretty big house and they want way more rent than we want to pay anyway.
Great job thinking outside of the typical ‘house box’! I’m excited for your new adventures!
Best of luck!
I don’t know what the area is like where you are looking but have you thought about Airbnb? We looked at a beautiful apartment in the KC area for about 30.00 a day! It had a gym, underground parking and a secure entrance; much more than we needed! Again I don’t know if there’s many places in your area but it is worth a look.
Judy Laquidara says
Not much here – the one cabin that will not allow dogs. There was a second place but it was just a bedroom in someone’s home and I don’t even see that listed any more.
Nelle Coursey says
Sounds like a plan!!
Here I thought you were going to say you were buying your friend’s place! =) A rental cabin could be the perfect answer.
Pauline Kennelly says
Why don’t you buy a RV or travel trailer? Park it in Chad’s driveway, move it when they move?