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Moving Part 12: Looking at a Doublewide

In part 11, we backed out of the huge house in the small town due to structural issues. Since then we’ve been beaten to the punch on 2 other properties.  Recently, we viewed a doublewide MH on an acre of woods. 3 bed/2 bath. New roof,, screened porch, patio doors and a wood stove- YAY! {Here we go again!}

{Gratuitous woods and porch pic… at the showing.}Porch pic doublewide

Looking for loans: UGH. They should consider this a house on a foundation, not a mobile home. But she’s older. So we’ve applied with a different mortgage company. Awaiting another pre-appoval letter is torture. As an aside: for anyone purchasing a MH new or used… there are USDA and FHA loans for MH and land/home packages, too.

Getting an inspection and putting in an offer this week – Crossing fingers. {It’s the first place Hubby and I haven’t had some kind of argument over- now that’s a sign 0.o }

Meanwhile snafus abound here at the TinyTrailer… A crack in the van windshield. The lawn mower croaked. Vet and medical bills are due. Rent looming. License plates [x2] are due. Nine prescriptions need re-upped… Can everything just be stasis for a few weeks, please?? It’s already going to be nip and tuck to cover a year’s worth of homeowner’s insurance on top of it all- Yikes!

Work at home and Housework- organizing… I’ve had really good days designing, setting goals and marketing. Later today I’m taking advice from my daughter and Konmari-ing every box/stack of papers hiding in this claustrophobic, mid-moving mess.

Friends and Confidantes, I wish you all a productive Monday- Gma Auburn {Jen}

#moving #midwestlife #organization #indiana #loantypes

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Moving: Part 11 – The Inspection Tells All

The Home Inspection revealed more than we bargained for.  Since y’all have been following our saga thus far- I won’t keep you in suspense… We are backing out of the deal with this particular property.  It was so sad for Hubby and I to come to this decision over the last few days.Lillies inthewindow

Now, if you’ve never went through this process; 9 out of 10 times you cannot back out at this junction in the game. UNLESS the inspection has pointed out grave issues with the structure.

For one, the water wasn’t turned on, so in that respect we couldn’t have the plumbing inspected (and because of that my Realtor will be asking for our money back from the seller.)  The report included: nail holes in the roof and subsequent water damage where some rafters had already been sister-studded, some knob and tube wiring (which may or may not be functional, but will negate a homeowner’s ins policy), and live hot wires not capped. But the worst of it was pylons continuing to sink in the basement with moisture all over. Plus the back half of the house has settled one direction and the front has settled another. Yikes!

Friends and Confidantes, when your inspection guy mentions the movie “The Money Pit” read between the lines.  “We got weak trees!” Tom Hanks  Gma Auburn {Jen}

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A Black Eye- But Not Entirely Frazzled

General updates…

New house salmon living room 1
Salmon-chanted living room #1

Yesterday, Nosey Rosey and I collided heads. She was running to jump on the couch. I was bending to pick up a dog toy. She smashed into my glasses. Thank Goddess they didn’t break. She’s alright. I’m sore and bruised.

The Loan Officer scolded me! One of those ‘manly men’ -he is. Asshole. Tuesday he talked fast and loud- verbally runnin’ me over. So I spent a sleepless night; then got up and called the other loan guy in the same office. I gave him an earful about the rude one. Unsurprisingly, he understood my angst. (I wasn’t the first he’s done that to) And answered my questions in a professional manner.

Today is the home inspection! I shopped around and saved $105. Score! Hopefully I’ll post a few more pre-renovation pics tomorrow. Maybe even a video.

It takes a village: In extended family news, my daughter has acquired a 3rd son for the school year.  But my granddaughter didn’t make the cut off for Kindergarten, so she’s gonna be home-schooled.  3 (step) boys and 1 girl in total. Yeesh!

On the work-at-home front nothing much has gotten done. We’re living on potatoes and chicken a hundred different ways. The cookbook, micro jobs and merch designing are at a standstill.  Carving out some serious hours this weekend to get back on track.

Well Friends and Confidantes I gotta hop in the shower. Hubby is coming home early. Not as frazzled as I was a few days ago. Attitude today: Anything can happen.

#moving #1900shouse midwestlife #prerenovation #hardwoodfloors