Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Decision

For years now, I have been determined I would move away from the cold winters of Northern Indiana to somewhere warm. That was it, the 2007-2008 was to be my last winter there.

In today's economy, one cannot blame me for deciding to live an inexpensive way of life. So I decided to combine the two.

After months of studying the economy, cost of living, and average temperatures of different cities, I decided on Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since I had spent a week here, two different winters, it wasn't a hard decision to make.

Left with only 4 months before time for the big move, I began to renovate my home. The plan was to rent it out for a profit close to the amount of rent I would have to pay to live by the ocean.

First we tore off the exterior of the home. Many cracks and holes had to be filled, and lots of wood had to be replaced, before we could put new siding on the home. I also wanted a smaller kitchen window, which would allow for bigger cabinets.

Finally, after 4 months, with new vinyl siding, new kitchen cabinets and flooring, the house was ready to be rented.

In the meantime, I managed to find a winter rental in Myrtle Beach. The condo would cost a little more per month than I would be receiving in rent. Since the utilities are included, it will be a break even venture.

Don't forget, I will need to find an income resource in the new town. If all goes well with my blogs, maybe I'll be able to travel all year.

And of course, I still need to get rid of my furniture and minimize my material objects. After a garage sale, and several trips to the Goodwill I still have quite a few items. In the meantime, I will have them in a storage area at my property up north. In the Spring, my goal will be to have another garage sale and try to get rid of anything we won't need.

Here is a LINK to some furniture I have for sale, if anyone in the area is interested please let me know.

Now you know how I got here, I'll keep you updated on my venture or should I say "adventure"!