Nothing much happening here just a quiet weekend. We had some rain Friday and Saturday and that made some of the washes run and the serpentine belt on my truck came off. Luckily it was re-seated after a bit of a struggle. I got word that the closing may occur this coming week it would be nice if it did. I also got word that the home insurance will cost more because there are no fire hydrants in the area. I did make some small purchases for the house at the dollar store and Wal-Mart. Household items sure add up quick. Slowly I’ll get what I’ll need to keep house so I won’t go broke so fast.
Monday I get to take care of the children as they have a day off of school and their parents have to work. I think I’ll take them to play miniature golf. I haven’t done that for a long time and I don’t think the kids have ever done that so it should be fun.
I have owned manufactured housing before and had my ups and downs with the concept. I owned a double wide in Texas and when I was married I owned one with my spouse. So I know something about the quality of this housing or lack there of. As with almost any house there are things you will like and other things that will make you wish that were done differently. I don’t have any photos of the first DW I owned but as far as build went I was happy with most of the construction and very satisfied with how low the utility bills were as it was well insulated. The kitchen was satisfactory and all the other features of the house worked well for a small family. The only problem I had was in selling it as it was not on its own land but in a Mobile Home Park.
The next Double Wide I owned was in Texas it was an 1987 model three bedrooms two baths and it was ample room for two adults. Being an older model it wasn’t insulated as well as the first one and the utility bills were high, mainly because it was an all-electric home. This home was on ten acres. This home was hard to sell because I was trying to sell it after the real estate business crashed.
Here are some photos of the house and the out buildings.
Yes it snows there in Texas also there are tornadoes and fierce thunderstorms high winds and wild fires. Still it was home for a while. I enjoyed the fireplace during the snow and storms. Because of health concerns it was time to move on. One big advantage of a double wide in Texas was when the earth moved because of weather it was easy to re-level the house not so with a slab built house that costs big money and it happens frequently in some parts of Texas.
I bought a D-W because it is cheap living. I got this D-W from HUD at a very low price. So far the repairs are simple and not outragously expensive. I’m using some of my savings to make the purchase and repairs. This I hope will be accomplished without going into any debt. The house will be free and clear. This lowers my cost of living and as I am living on a fixed income that is a very good thing.
The other question is why now? I realize as I get older I will need more medical support and my doctors are in Tucson just a few miles away from this house and there is family a couple of miles from the house also incase I’m in need of their support. Having my own house I won’t be a burden or in the way of a growing family we all will have our privacy yet be close enough to support one another. Hopefully that will be a ways off yet.
Here are some photos of the damage inside the house. Almost all the doors have been damaged so they will have to be replaced as well.
I bought a truck a Dodge Ram 1500, extended cab with 100,000 miles on the speedometer. I’ve been driving it for a few days it drives well now that I’ve replaced the tires. I also had the oil changed. So far I’ve gotten good milage considering it is a full size pick-up; average is 15mpg. That is way better than my RV.
I have bid on a double-wide home through HUD and I’m waiting for the Title Co. to do the necessary paper work so I can take possession of the house. I have done a preliminary inspection and other than damage by the previous owners the house looks in good shape. The house is in a small community just outside of Tucson AZ. It is 1500 sq. Ft.,three bedroom two bath house with a modern heating cooling system in need of a lot of TLC. The house is on an acre lot, all the homes around it are on similar lots. This lot is fenced. Here are some photos of the house.
The previous owners or someone damaged the drywall inside the home and that has to be repaired, all the floor coverings have to be replaced and some small repairs such as a water leak and a hot water tank that is leaning has to be fixed. I am also having a roofer replace some shingles and seal the roof where anything protrudes just to be sure we don’t have any water leaks. Of course when I get to spend more time there I’ll find lots of other things that need repair or replacement. This project should keep me busy for a while.