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Makeover Decade

When I was about to turn fifty, I realized that from here on, if I didn't do what I wanted to do I would never do it. So I set about doing things I had put off for years. I have lived with that vision for over ten years now, and now it seems like I am entering a different phase. This is the Makeover Decade.

I am making over my physical health by following a program designed for those with arthritis (see my arthritis blog). I am making over my home life by replacing my current dog of a home with something that may be really decent. I am making over my financial life by following a program in the book Pay It Down!.  That blog is in its infancy.

Common wisdom says don't try to do too much at once because you are sure to fail. I am doing all of this carefully. More accurately, I am doing it slowly, not necessarily carefully. heh.


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Feb. 2nd, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
When I click on your arthritis blog link, the Metropolitan Museum newsletter comes up :)

I like your idea of a makeover decade. I need to start mine, like, NOW.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
THanks for that note about the link. I see what happened. And I be fixin' it!

A decade seems good, too, a good length of time, long enough to see if I had any success.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
The house looks great! Have you started the building? Are you in it already? *WOW*

I have decided in the last few days to chosse some things I want to do and get going on them. I like your plan. Slow and steady.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
Oh the delays! It has been really frustrating. I started this process back last summer, and was told I'd be approved and the house ordered within a month. It has been one thing after another since then, and I do not know the status of my current loan application (the last one suddenly went out of the manufactured home loan business and I had to start over again).

What makes it so difficult, more than it might otherwise be, is that the home is going on the same lot, the place where I live now. That means that I will have to get out of here with all of my belongings (all that I want to keep, that is) when my new home comes to town, so the lot can be cleared and the new home installed. THe difficulty is that I do not know when that will be. Nobody can tell me. So I have to be able to move on a moment's notice, almost. And when I go out of town, as I will be soon, I need to be sure that I am not needed at home to move stuff out.

But man! I so need this new house! And, frankly, so does this park. I think this one change will up the value of the entire park. heh heh.

I am glad you are doing the same thing. It can be exhilarating when we make some real progress. (I haven't yet!!)
Feb. 2nd, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
*sheesh* What a headache - BUT - you have made progress. All this headache you have already gone through is behind you. THAT is progress. Roughly, what does a custom build house cost? Will they warranty all the plumbing, electrical and heating for a certain time?

Do you know anyone who has a BIG garage that you can start putting stuff in or maybe rent a storage facility?

How long will you be out of town??
Feb. 2nd, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
It isn't really custom. I chose the design (floor plan) and the options - third-bedroom option, appliances, colors, exterior features (window treatment, extra window, front porch). When the manufacturer gets the order they put it together and get it on the road to me. Because it's 20 feet wide, it will travel in two pieces ("doublewide").

The base price for the home was about 72,000 (delivered price), as I recall. The options I chose increased it by several thou, then the clearing of the lot - which includes removing and "recycling" the house I am in now - will cost over $8,000. So altogether it will cost a little over $100,000 complete.

They do it all. They take away the old, put in the new, attach skirting, hook up utilities. So when I come back I can just move in, no waiting.

I have been putting things in storage for several months now. I worried that my energy level would not be high enough to do this all at once, so I started packing things that I needed least, sorting as I went. A lot of things went out the door to freecycle people, never to be seen again. I have brought several loads to Goodwill as well. A surprisingly small amount has gone into the trash. So now I'm down to a leaner house and am working away at the edges, deciding what I can take away this week.

I also made the decision to buy new furniture! I have bought very little new furniture my whole life, and I decided it was time. I managed to sell my upright piano (I'm keeping the grand - yet, a grand, and not a baby either) and I put that money into an account I'm keeping for the new furniture. I also sold my dishwasher and put that money in there. My preliminary estimates tell me I'll be able to get a new bed and a few other basic things but I doubt I'll get it all with that money.

One more thing I need to do is find a landscape contractor to install the new landscaping. There isn't much to be installed because there is so little land, but it needs to be done - park requirement. I have to find the money for that, too, but don't expect it to be a great expense.

So I actually have made quite a bit of progress on this little job. I am counting on the loan happening! All indicators were good when I gave the loan officer my prelim info, but I have not gotten the final word.
Feb. 3rd, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
WOW - you have done a great deal of work. I am sure your apprpoval will come through soon. I'll be praying for ya!
Feb. 2nd, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, and how long I have to be out of town when the team comes in to take away my house - about three weeks. I am figuring four. I expect I will spend part of the time in Las Vegas and part in NYC, with my two daughters. It's been trying, though, not knowing exactly when that will be.
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