Tonight, Deputy Dave and I had a serious conversation about when we should sell this house and head out to the country. We have been thinking about it for a long time now and we've decided that we need to be moved around this coming April...before the unrelenting heat begins here in Texas.
This time-frame will allow us to get moved before the heat becomes so unbearable that we can't hardly move and this time-frame also is going to hopefully make the land dry enough for construction traffic while we're building our small country starter home.
But, one item we will need to purchase the week we sell this house is another vehicle that is a gas saver for the extra miles Deputy Dave will be driving to and from work each week. It's less than one hour drive from Downtown Houston to our property in the county, so it's not that bad.
This starter country home will be built on one heck of a small budget. Deputy Dave told me tonight to start contacting reputable people in the Livingston area so that we can decide who will be building our shell home. We also have a lot of ground prepping to do before construction takes place, so the next few months will be valuable planning time and information gathering time so that we can get everthing lined up in an organized fashion.
I can't believe that we won't be in this house next summer. I am almost giddy. Just think...no more high utility bills to cool and heat a near 3,000 square foot home sitting straight beneath the Texas sun without any shade from trees. The home insurance for this house is over $3,000. per year and I sure won't miss that bill! Then, the taxes in this area are steep, so those will be a thing of the past as well. Especially because our land qualifies for an agricultural exemption.
The one thing I am also going to work on over the next few months is to buy the land next to us. We only have one spot of land adjoining us and if we bought it, we'd basically not have neighbors to our front, none to our back and none to the right nor to the left. It'd give us just a few more acres, not much, but enough to make fencing and penning animals all the easier. I sure hope that owner is ready to sell!
I'm kind of in a daze. Six months is not long at all. I suppose it's a good thing that the past few weeks have found me cleaning out every drawer, every closet, every storage box...all of it has been scrutinized and culled and reorganized because I know we will be moving. It's better for me to do it all now than to wait until it's moving time and be forced to re-pack it all up and pay for it to be moved, stored and to be hauled into the new country house. In fact, I'm having a garage sale this weekend. The more I can get rid of now, the less work I will have to do later.
If our daughter is not out of school yet, she will only have about a year left and we might help her with an apartment here in the area near the university. We'll have to see about that one. Then, we will always have a place for her to stay in our country home...the land she knows well since she grew up there since she was about ten years old. The town of Livingston she's known since she was a baby...Deputy Dave and I have either owned land or have traveled there since they were toddlers because it's been our most favorite, peaceful place to go.
Anyway, I am now going to be on a major countdown until April. I'll give it until the end of April...just to make sure the house sells. I do think this house will sell quickly because we installed some "bonus" luxury items such as a jacuzzi tub in the upstairs bathroom, hardwood flooring, Italian Porcelain flooring, new Frieze carpet, all new lighting, new sound system in the upstairs gameroom and a decked in attic space. Hopefully, someone will be attracted to all the money that will safe them when buying this house. It's a beauty.
I guess we'll see how potential buyers feel about us having chickens in the backyard! That will be interesting.
Country living ---- HERE I COME! The countdown starts this month and I am going to work my butt off to make this happen! We're going to be living in the WOODS. Eeek!
And yes, I am terrified!!!!!!!!!!!
In the blink of an eye, Deputy Dave and I going to be living in the country ya'll!!!!