I thought I’d blog today about our transition from our life in Oregon to living off of our land in Idaho. The problem I see with a lot of these living off the grid blogs, yurt-living blogs, homesteading blogs, etc. is that they frequently don’t talk about the transition from their old lifestyle to the new lifestyle. The transition is very real, stressful, yet necessary so I thought I’d share our experiences.
As things stand right now, it seems conceivable that we can have our property wrapped up and be living on our land in one month’s time, so that’s what we are aiming for. There are a lot of details to wrap up in Oregon in order for that to happen so although we don’t have our land secured, we are keeping the ball rolling as if the land goes through. If the land doesn’t, then at least we will be many steps closer to being free from Oregon!
Here are the things we are working on at the moment to be closer to moving to Idaho and starting our homestead.
Selling almost everything we own on Craigslist
We have been trying to live a minimalist lifestyle for a few years now so we already have few belongings. We currently just have Craigslist furniture so we are sticking all of our furniture back up on Craigslist. We are selling extra things we no longer need such as extra computers we have laying around, our TV that never gets watched, and even our refrigerator.The key to getting rid of stuff on Craigslist is giving yourself enough time to sell it. When I moved from Colorado I didn’t give myself enough time and had to sell my brand new $1,000 mattress for $100. OUCH! Still bitter about that one. Basically, if it can’t fit in a travel trailer or one of our cars and we aren’t heavily invested in the object then it needs to go.
We are keeping our entire minimalist office as we put a lot of work into it and it can be set up almost anywhere. It will also travel well and store easily. This was all intentional.
Selling our brick and mortar business
Jesse has had his brick and mortar business for many years and it is doing extremely well but because it is location-dependent in Oregon, it doesn’t really fit our long-term goals of being location-independent. Our online business fits our long-term goals much better so we’d rather invest our time and energy into that. We’ve been trying to sell the brick and mortar business for a year now. We can’t justify staying for the business but it’s too valuable to just let go so we are hoping to get it sold soon or else we will try to manage it from afar.
Trying to close on our land
We see no reason that the land won’t work out but until the land is ours, nothing is guaranteed! We are waiting for the seller to take care of a minor title issue. We are hoping to close on the property within a couple weeks.
Put a deposit down on a camping trailer
We had given up on the idea of living in a trailer on our property because any decent-looking trailer seemed to be $6,000+. We found a few in the $3,000 range but the layouts were terrible and many of them had a large “ick-factor”. We thought we’d just rent a small apartment in Idaho.
We decided to check Craigslist one more time and found a gem for $2,500. The trailer we found was beautiful and modern on the inside (I try get over the idea of needing something nice during this transition but if it’s nice AND affordable then that’s awesome!).
It is a 2006 trailer which means that it’s still relatively new. Everything seems to work and it seems the trailer was treated well and had minimal use. The reason the price point is so low is because there is some dry rot on the front of the trailer but we plan on building a barn to put the trailer in so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. We don’t want to buy the trailer until we close on the land but we’ve put down a $100 deposit to have it held for a bit. We are okay losing the deposit if things fall through- it’s a small risk to take.
The reason we want a trailer is because it’s the equivalent of about 6-months rent, only we own the thing and likely can sell it close to what we bought it for which means we may not be out any money at all. We then don’t have to deal with the headaches that come with being a tenant and can live on our property. We will have all of our basic needs taken care of while we develop our property. After the break-even point compared to renting, 100% of our financial resources can be spent on developing our land so that we can upgrade our living standards as soon as possible to something that will work better while we build out house (like a yurt).
Trying to wrap up our house rehabbing project
We still don’t know how long we will have to work on this house rehabbing project but we are putting in our monthly work early. We know that things are about to get REAL chaotic around here so if we can have the housework wrapped up for the month that will be one less thing to worry about.
Trying to sell my brand new car
I bought this Subaru Legacy back in 2013 and we can’t justify keeping it. It seems foolish to pay $350/month (payment + insurance) for a car that I drive once a week max, when we have a second car, and there is a lot of equity in the car at the moment that we can use for drilling our well, hooking up to the power grid, internet installation, and septic installation. All of those things would be a far better use for that money than to let it depreciate quickly in a new car that I have no use for.I’ve listed this on Craigslist at market rate for this year/make/model of car. No calls on it yet after a week but hopefully someone will take it off my hands. There isn’t really a rush to sell it so it can come to Idaho with us if necessary. I think I still have a year to sell it before banks won’t be interested in handing out a loan on it.
So that’s where things are at right now! We haven’t gotten much work done in our online business the past month because too many parts are moving all at once. Luckily, our online business makes money whether we work or not for the most part which is intentional. Regardless, we want to be focusing our energy on that business but need to reach a point of greater stability to have creative energy.
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