We did the school research and picked a neighborhood and price range and looked on the internet for 6 months. Made 2 trips and bought our house on the second one. I wish we would have lived here for 6 months before deciding where to live. While our house was adequate, it was not quite right for us and we ended up staying there for 6 years before putting it on the market and 2 more before it sold. So, 8 years in the wrong house. I say go live there a while and move again. A local move is WAY easier than a cross country move. BTW, this time around we sold, moved in a temp house (there are tons available if you know where to look) and lived there from May to Oct. till our deal was finalized and we got in our new one. So I moved twice this year with 6 kids in school. It can be done. Oh, and I didn't use any movers and only rented a truck one time for part of a day Boat owners are resourceful. You can make your plan work.
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Thread: Buying Truck
11-29-2012, 01:31 PM #21My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
11-29-2012, 02:56 PM #22
C&S - if I remember correctly, you're in a townhouse or apt now, right? This may sound unconventional, but here is a thought: sell it all in Jersey and temporarily move into a furnished place in SC. This will let you accomplish the best of the advice above. In a sense, you will move once, you get to scout out the area for the right location/home and you're wife is happy that she gets new stuff for the new home. And, trust me on this, NOTHING you have today is going to "work" in the new house so you're going to buy new anyway and sell the old on CList, just now in SC after you've paid to move it.Drew
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11-29-2012, 03:13 PM #23
11-29-2012, 06:03 PM #24Hey, Its Moomba time
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11-29-2012, 07:10 PM #25
First time was in the early nineties, when I left Illinois in the month of September for an assignment in DC with the Justice Department. My wife stayed in Illinois with the two boys (ages 5 and 3). Before leaving, I sold the house and put our stuff in storage. She and the boys moved in with her mother. I needed very little and lived on the cheap. I was able to work long days without guilt and use weekends to search for permanent housing. I vividly remember the Saturday afternoon I called her, thoroughly discouraged by housing costs and fruitless search results. She encouraged me to keep looking. Not long after, I found a development in its early phase located south of Quantico VA that fit our budget. We moved into the new house in February and had a great experience. Did not use the services of a realtor.
With a change of administration in the White House, I had an abrupt departure from the Justice Department. I put the family (then three boys) on a plane to Illinois and stayed behind to pack up. Thankfully, house sold quickly. Used a realtor. We put our stuff in storage in Illinois and moved in with her mother while figuring out the next chapter. Found my way into banking and eventually bought a house in the same town where her mother lived.
This time around, itís the same priority. Immerse myself in the new job and work long hours. Family will follow. It may take six to nine months. I am living in a hotel for a couple of weeks while looking for interim housing. Again, I need very little and can live on the cheap. The boys are older now (26, 24, and 19), so donít need to factor in schools and such to the same degree. For her, want reasonable access to Costco, Whole Foods, and Trader Joes, and close by to Starbucks. I want lake proximity. Compared to twenty years ago, the main difference with this search is the Internet. I use it to pull data of all sorts and search the sale and rental markets. Like the move to DC, this is an area about which I know nothing. So, I get in the car and drive, drive, drive.
If you are looking at long-term satisfaction, then I think your idea of renting for six months is spot on. Yes, on net it may add to your expense, but it gives you plenty of opportunity to learn the area, decide what you like best, and make an informed decision. - Deerfield2007 Outback
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11-30-2012, 09:55 AM #26
Whether or not you have school aged children, schools remain a good indicator of quality in any area. Be sure to drive by the local ones in the places you are considering and look up their info online. Best of luck to you in your search.
Great point about Craigslist. You don't have to move your old furniture and junk anymore-- just sell it and buy it back when you get there. You can actually upgrade quite a bit if you are patient. Saves a lot of moving and especially storage expenses.My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
11-30-2012, 04:15 PM #27
So I've been paying on a storage for about 9 months now ~$900 or so total, consisting mostly of a couch, loveseat, kitchen table and chairs, couple tv's, lamps, and the rest is mostly piddly stuff. The idea was to save this for the older daughter so she has something to start with when she moves out. This is at least the 3rd time I'm second guessing this idea. Thinking we should sell it off while it's still worth something and dump the storage. Save the proceeds of the sales and give that to her as a "move-in" present. Thoughts?2001 MobiusV
11-30-2012, 04:45 PM #28
dump the storage unit, use the 100 a month on "boat expenditures" and throw the money from the furniture sales into an account for her. dump an extra few bucks here and there for her and its a win-win!
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11-30-2012, 05:23 PM #29Malo <--- Means--Evil or Mean One. This explains a lot.
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12-01-2012, 08:58 PM #30