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Old 01-03-2015, 03:28 PM   #1
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Selling Home and Going Full-Time

I would like to hear from those of you who made the decision to sell home and personal belongings to hit the road full-time. While it might be nice to retain a home-base keeping a home-base might limit the amount we can travel due to the cost of maintaining a residence. Storing personal belongings just leaves something behind to worry about. Any words of wisdom from those of you who took the leap. Clipper30
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Old 01-03-2015, 03:38 PM   #2
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there is no wisdom

just jump….Geronimo…….

we have done it twice…..2009…sold house…sold stuff...put stuff in storage (hers)….hit the road…..

2012…bought house…..took stuff out of storage….bought new stuff

2014….sold house…sold or gave away stuff ..put stuff in storage (hers)

i have nothing that is not in the truck or trailer…or the rent house we are in now…awaiting….

buying a house………getting stuff out of storage…buying new stuff...

circling the drain

george carlin was right
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Old 01-03-2015, 03:48 PM   #3
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How did you sell all of your 'stuff'? We are thinking about a combination of estate sale, garage sale and Goodwill. I'm not sure I want to mess with the time involved with using Craig's List or other on-line methods of selling items.
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Old 01-03-2015, 03:50 PM   #4
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Try it for a year and keep the house. Then decide so you have your own experience to draw on. We are out 7 months a year, but glad to be home for summers at the lake. Grandchildren and family, community, the workshop, garden, our own piece of land all matter.
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Old 01-03-2015, 04:02 PM   #5
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We will all have different feelings and opinions. We just jumped in almost 2 yrs ago. No regrets and do not know what the end date is..still having too much fun. But that said there are no grandkids. See the kids once or twice a yr.

No storage fees..stuff is gone. Later if we get off the road a small cute place to our liking in a small maybe artsy town. Just our thoughts!
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Old 01-03-2015, 04:11 PM   #6
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Try it for a year and keep the house. Then decide so you have your own experience to draw on.
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Old 01-03-2015, 04:11 PM   #7
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Here's our story (short version). We did lots of talking before we started researching, then even more time spent in research before we started looking. All of that was to be absolutely sure that the two of us were on the same page.

I retired two years earlier than originally planned. That gave us the time we needed to really get going on purging. We bought the Foretravel, did a bit of necessary work, took a couple of trips, and then started purging. First we sorted what we knew was absolutely stuff that ought to be burned. Then we moved into the coach. We had the luxury of parking it right outside the front door of the S&B, so anything that was in the house could easily be brought into the coach. Anything the kids wanted was set aside, as were those things that we thought we might want back again. Most of those two categories went into a storage unit that the kids have access to. We had an auction for the rest. The S&B was included in the auction, but we had to get enough to pay off the mortgage. That didn't happen, so we put it on the market. We just accepted an offer on it yesterday.

Suggestions: If there are family heirlooms you might want back later on, either store them with family members or get a storage unit. Don't bother storing clothes. Pare your wardrobe down to just what you need. You won't need much in the way of winter clothes, but do keep a warm coat just in case. Keep in mind that a storage unit can cost you $1000/year, so really think about the value of what you keep there.
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Old 01-03-2015, 05:59 PM   #8
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We are all set to go. We gave away, sold on eBay and Craigslist and put some stuff at our daughters house. We still have to sell the house. It has been on the market for 7 months. Once it sells, I will sell off the reminder of shed stuff and donate the rest of the furniture. We are hoping that this spring will see the house sell. In the meantime we are doing short trips. I have already retired and my wife can put in her paperwork whenever.
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Old 01-03-2015, 06:10 PM   #9
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One other tip: You WILL get rid of something that you should have kept, and you WILL keep many things that you should have gotten rid of. Stories abound of people who rented a large storage unit to keep the things they thought they needed but couldn't take with them, then six months later they have a yard sale and go to a smaller storage unit. Six months after that they get rid of everything that was in the storage unit and are finally free.

The big challenge is figuring out what you really need to keep and what you can safely dispose of.
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If the house burned down, what was truly valuable? Next to nothing if one is honest. Sentimental items can be given to relatives, the rest is just an insurance claim.
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Old 01-03-2015, 06:22 PM   #11
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13 months into the "experiment" and seldom a week goes by that I don't have a head-smack educational experience. If challenges keep you young, maybe I'm a decade younger by now...but seriously, nothing comes up that doesn't sort itself out. We plunged, having not RVed previously, and quickly settled on a 27FB as sturdy enough to keep maintenance to a minimum, large enough to live in, small enough to go pretty much wherever we wanted and I've not be disappointed on any count. My boss wouldn't hear of me retiring (certainly it was a passing phase that public laundromats would cure...) and getting reliable bandwidth and equipment was no small task. Gas or diesel? Half ton, or three quarters? ProPride, Hensley or something less than a king's ransom? Solar, gennie, or both? It's a staggering list...
Selling the house was a race to catch up on a LOT of deferred maintenance, shopping for the right realtor, figuring contingencies if the market was uncooperative. Shedding stuff was the hardest of all. Anticipated 10x 20 storage became 10 x10 then 10 x 5 and finally 5 x 5 and we have space left over. Went the estate sale route which was clean and neat, and a little like attending your own wake when you see the prices of all your worldly goods laid out the day before...but for us, at least, was the best option. Even sold our last car. Everything was priced for dealers on Thursday and repriced for general public on the weekend and I don't think I would have done better piece-mealing on Craigs list. They lined us up with couple that cleaned out the left overs to donate and even did a final cleaning of the house for the new owners as we left town the day before closing.
For us, it was an experiment and whether it lasted a year or 10, we'll eventually land some place, so the downside seemed pretty minimal and the actual experience has been vastly better than I could have expected.
Most, I think, start doing a part-time full-time and I honestly would recommend it as there are issues with community on the road and missing family that may make your experience vastly different than mine. That said, the plunge can be liberating and I honestly can say what stuff I have now is very, very carefully thought out. I think it's fair to say I own it, it doesn't own me (for a change). Either way, take a step, take a leap, just saunter down to the end of the lane and back—it'll make you a decade younger (or maybe a decade grayer).

Cheers, Al & Robin.
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If the house burned down, what was truly valuable? Next to nothing if one is honest. Sentimental items can be given to relatives, the rest is just an insurance claim.
That is the best description i have yet Heard.
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Old 01-03-2015, 06:39 PM   #13
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I truly enjoyed my stuff but the last 2 yrs of enjoying the road and all the Natl Parks that most never get to see and I never imagined to see so many and more in our future is worth for me. This is a truly beautiful country.
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Old 01-03-2015, 10:10 PM   #14
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Thanks for the feedback. Al & Robin, I especially found your experience to be helpful as we process the possibilities. My husband and I are looking forward, with fear and excitement for our next great adventure. We are 74 and 64 years of age, so it is not without a lot of anxiety. We've had a great life together and I'm not willing to call it quits just yet. These next few years could be the greatest yet. But we need to get our butts in gear if we are to live the dream of 'living riveted'!!
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