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Getting the house rented out!

This weekend has been a long time coming. Tomorrow, Saturday, is our open house. We hope to have lots of great leads for potential renters from the company we hired to manage the property while we roam in our home! 

How did we prepare for this? Omg. So. Much. Work. Due to the extensive and welcome rain, weeds have been popping up like CRAZY. Over the last few weeks we have spent what little free time we have in the evenings pulling weeds. And no, we refuse to pollute our yard with poisonous weed killers. Instead, it’s kind of a stress relief but mostly we like the environment so we pull weeds ourselves. And… We have taken at least 10 trips to Goodwill and women’s shelters to donate unwanted items…And when you’re moving into an RV, almost everything is unwanted. We went room by room to analyze and determine which precious items are really necessary. 

Our home is practically bare. No king beds (minus the RV queen we moved into our room) no kitchen table, no chairs, no couch, no rugs, no decor, no wall art, no excess plates, cups, or bowls… Really truly down to what we can take and what we need. It’s been fun. And hectic. But we have found it is much easier to keep the house clean when you don’t have anything to get it dirty! We even slimmed down our toddlers toys to the bare minimum.

Pic soon!

Our clothes are practically all gone! We have select summer clothes and good quality winter gear and jackets, otherwise, it’s all gone. I feel lighter just looking at my closet and it feels great! We should have done this years ago!

Linens too! This is all the bedding we are bringing…And the few towels we have are already in the RV!

The funny thing is now, i feel like we are taking too much still! Perhaps more will be donated along the road. 

Our goal is to be out of the house by April 1… Which is a week away!!!!! We already have reservations for an RV park in phoenix for 2 weeks while we tie up loose ends and prepare the house for renters. 

What else has happened? Our cat is rehomed and hot dog is with my dad. One dog left and i think she has a new foster mom lined up! I know it will be a tough transition for our kiddo as this dog is her BFF. 

Yesterday was a big day too! We took our first official load of items to the RV, including winter gear, electronics, and outdoor/sports equipment! Everything is clearly labeled. Thanks to another awesome full time RV blogger we decided on the clear totes!

Oh and the neighbors KEEP calling the police on us!! 3 times to be exact. Why? At first because we were parked in the street…Which we had no idea is illegal. So we moved it in our yard which looks a bit ghetto but there’s plenty of space. The good news is the cops said they can’t do anything about it and it’s ok on our lawn. 

Tomorrow is the big day. Entire house is cleaned and ready for renters. Here’s to being a landlord! Gnite for now.

Busy days in preparation for our leave date

Today has been a very busy and prosperous day as we have 3 weeks to leave and be completely out of her house and moved into the RV.

So far we have accomplished at least 100 things off of an ongoing checklist that somehow keeps getting stuff added to it. But everyday I feel like we’re getting closer to leaving and it’s really exciting and terrifying at the same time. We found a good home for our cat and one of our dogs, just one more to go. Also Scott is really sad to see his 1998 Toyota 4Runner go because it’s super awesome, but everything’s gotta go I guess. Oh yeah and on top of everything the 4Runner needs and oil change, the RV needs an emission test, and we need to register the RV in our names finally!!

It’s funny how Fortune falls upon you when you have things posted for sale for several months and then all the sudden everything gets sold in one day which is basically today. 
Scott was up at 5 o’clock this morning so that he could load up the trailer and take the final load of yard debris to the landfill so that we could sell the trailer to our aunt and uncle this afternoon.

So far we’ve had the king bed picked up and moved out although we still need to sell the frame. Want one?

We are heading to sell our 6-foot trailer to our awesome aunt and uncle so we know it’s going to a good home. 

Bye trailer!

And then hopefully by tomorrow morning we should have the drum set out of the house as well. It’s all really exciting and so much. We had to take a lunch break and go to Valle Luna’s which is an awesome Phoenix based Mexican restaurant that has salsa and then hot sauce and these awesome restaurant style too. And then of course we got food and drinks so that was great. The kids asleep in the back gotta run.

Drilling holes in our RV for the Washer/dryer install!

Over the past two weekends now Scott has been researching and calling winnebagos customer service, which is excellent by the way, about the best approach to install our washer dryer combo unit into the RV. I feel with a two-year-old it will be extremely helpful to have access to clean clothes sheets, undies, socks etc. The previous owners of our RV never installed a washer dryer however it is pre wired for one! GOOD THING!! So that basically means this RV has been pre-wired for 15 years waiting for this unit to be installed. After much searching on Craigslist we found a high end washer dryer combo unit with slightly larger capacity than most. We made the arduous trip out to east east east Phoenix to pick it up and bring it back and it only set us back $550 LOL.

Anyhow back to the install process, apparently our RV was originally designed for a ventilated washer dryer that blows out the front (early 2000 style) not one of the more recent ones that requires an air vent… so there is no hole going outside of the RV to vent the washer dryer …which is kind of important. All this to say that Scott got to get a hole saw and cut a hole in the side of the RV. Luckily the size of the tubing for the washer dryer was the same size as the circular saw so everything fit together pretty well with the help of some duct tape.

Then once he cut a giant hole in the wall he installed the air vent and the tubing to connect to the washer dryer.

Miraculously and with the help of a shot of Jameson, Scott and I got the 150 plus pound washer dryer onto a dolly and wheeled it all the way out to the RV. The challenging part was for us to get the washer dryer up the for Steep and narrow steps into the RV. Once we get it in there I’m sure it would have been simple. We took it one step at a time, I almost lost a finger but we got it up. Here’s the ducting and small space from the inside. 

We lifted the Beast up and set her own. Everything connected very easily and smoothly thank God. We checked it for leaks as well and no leaks to be detected. We had to celebrate with a beer what an awesome accomplishment and one step closer to our journey in the RV!!

It seems like such a simple thing but the whole entire process probably took as close to 10 hours all together in between finding the right tools for install, finding the right washer and dryer, and figuring out where to drill holes into the side. I am so happy to have this done and out of the way and looking forward to the next step to get us out the door!

Btw, Scott was soooooo done after all this work…So he crashed on the bed for some much needed R&R.

Week 3: Double Whammy. A Yard Sale and a Visit from Grammy!

Busy. Busy. Busy. Drink….Drink…Busy. Busy. Busy.

This is about how I would sum up this past week. First, we were so excited to have Grammy visiting from Granite Bay, CA! She was kind enough to fly in and arrive at a good time of day, to avoid rush hour, but the same for flying out too! Anyhow, she planned her trip to come visit her favorite 2 and a half year old, while we (mom & dad) prepared and managed a yard sale… because you know… not EVERYTHING is going to fit in our RV. (Scott really wants to name our RV, Arvee, the RV. I’m resisting LOL)

Anyhow, apparently A LOT of work goes into executing a yard sale effectively. Not only were the entire innards of our home stripped down, everything was strategically organized into sections (albeit appeared a disaster) it was actually semi-organized and thought out. This is SOME of what we had staged to sell in the spare front room of our house:

I have to admit, we did a pretty good job of planning, preparing, and working our way through this. Beer helped a little too, as we were up till midnight the night before the sale…which we had advertised to start at 8am with NO EARLYBIRDS… do you think they listened?

We borrowed fold out tables and chairs from family members (thanks Tia/Tia/Ed/Janet) and had everything ready to go….including other items not shown in the photo, like furniture, outdoor stuff like shovels, tarps, fishing gear, etc.

Miraculously, we woke up on Day 1: Saturday morning, on-time at 5:30AM. GOOD THING! I made a rush run to Starbucks while Scott prepped the tables. Then we got the items out of the house and onto the tables for display!

We turned our mess into this… semi-organized mess:

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We must have done a good job advertising because BUSINESS WAS BOOMING! So MANY people showed up at 720AM that we just had to tell them we were open and start selling!

By the time 2pm (closing time) came around, we sold over $700 worth of stuff that we didn’t need anyway. I would call that a successful day!

We were exhausted, to say the least, BUT one more day to go… then it’s all over!

Day 2 was tough to wake-up, so we “slept in” till about 630AM… got more coffee and set everything up AGAIN. This time was different though, we already made more than we expected on Day 1, so anything this day was just a bonus.

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Nobody showed up until after 830AM!! Such a drastic change from just a day prior. It was much slower, granted a Sunday, but we still raked in another $200+ through some strategic wheeling and dealing 🙂

By noon (closing time!) we were DONE. And I mean, didn’t care if people ran off with the remainders… in fact we were encouraging people to take items away…

We packed up the remaining items, dropped them off at Goodwill and called it a day.

Oh yeah… then we had to pickup the 9 Yard Sale signs we had placed around the area… and return the tables/chairs we borrowed… and count the money…

All in all, we couldn’t have done it without Grammy. And we can’t wait to see her again in Northern California!!

 

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