I think I give up on looking for the perfect property to buy or rent long term.
It’s not out there. It’s in my head.
Which leads to one solution. We decided to visit burnaby condos open house and check some out. Once we find the right one we’ll just begin some DIY renovations. We’ll start our business with this investment and continue on to buying the right land to build our own place.
We need to buy land and build our own house. Well Tyler isn’t into DIY stuff, so we will need to hire someone to build our house.
But this is a GREAT option. I don’t know why I didn’t spend hours researching this sooner! OMG!
We buy a piece of land anywhere we want in the county where Tyler works. There are some nice plots of land for around $40,000. We can afford to buy that RIGHT NOW. The mortgage payment would only be a couple hundred dollars a month.
So we can buy 7-10 acres of beautiful land right now, and once Tyler is hired on next year (Oct. 2012 we hope) then we can start thinking about building a home.
I can see how this could work out well–we can get a small barn first, like the kind in the $3,000 range with one stall. I will set aside tax return money for that. Then we can move the chickens into that barn, and build a big enclosed chicken run off of one side for them to get fresh air and bugs. Tyler has a friend at work who is a carpenter that can help him build a big chicken run for them.
Then we can rent someplace cheap, maybe an apartment, in the town near the land while our home is under construction. It just has to be close enough so that the girls and I can visit the chickens every couple of days. We’ll be able to go out to our land to let the dogs run around and take care of the chickens. I can go ahead and set up a garden out there too!!
Once we are moved out of our current house we can put it on the market, which solves the problem of trying to sell it while living here with pets and small children.
I’m not sure how long it takes to build a home. I still need to do a lot of research about picking a good home site. I know it costs several thousand dollars to get electricity and water run out to your home site, and then cost for a septic tank to go in. We also want a basement dug, not sure how much that is, and the land has to be dry enough for a basement…there is a lot to consider!
We found local builders in our area that have hundreds of floor plans online and they are very affordable! Check it out! (These are the floor plans and pricing for the closest big city to where Tyler works, but it says they also build in the county where we’ll live.)
I think when it’s all said and done, after purchasing land and building a fully functioning house, we’ll be up to about $200,000. That’s right at what we can afford after Tyler is hired on as permanent instead of a temp. (For those not following along he has to be a temp for three years first.)
I feel so good about this plan. No more hoping the perfect house will come on the market…instead we’ll just make the perfect house in the perfect spot. I want a big white house up on top of a hill with a covered front porch so we can sit out and watch storms blow up out over our land, so we can watch sunsets, and fireflies, and listen to tree frogs and crickets at night.
I like that we are dedicated to making our dreams a reality. People are always like, “Oh I wish I could do that, it would be so nice.” I don’t like wishing. We’re going to make it happen somehow, even if it’s not easy.
And…um…here are a few random Instagram photos.
You can see the birthmark inside of Ada’s nostril.