We just returned from an eleven day, cross country trip that enabled us to thoroughly check out our new home town and find a house.
I’m happy to say this: That considering we have two young kids (4 and almost 2), that we were away from home for a very long time, that we dealt with not only a time change of three hours but also daily house hunting expeditions that took anywhere from three to five hours, we survived.
The plane trip back home yesterday: Slightly scary, considering we were all exhausted. But, again, we survived.
And we found a house.
As I’ve written a few times about this move, we are doing so because of two major reasons: To be closer to family (two to five hours away) and to move to an area in which we can afford not only a house but a house and a life outside of that house. Here in California we had two choices: Purchase a home and spend all of our free time at that home because all of our money would have been pored into it, or rent a home (which we have been doing for 5 years) and thus have the monies to have a life outside of the walls of that home. We have been able to travel, go to shows, and do a lot of things as a family since we decided not to purchase.
I’m happy to report that the cost of housing is considerably less in our new Georgia town. We were able to find a house with everything that we wanted in our price range, which means after our monthly payment we will still have money to enjoy life.
I have a lot to write about. Traveling with children, moving with children, saving money on the move, starting a business in a new town, our cross country car trip that will bring us to our new home in just seven short weeks . . . but for now I am too tired! I must unpack, clean the house, grocery shop, keep the girls occupied and catch up on work, all before noon!
Let me just say this: So far, our plan to relocate due to the cost of living expenses has been a positive one, and we left our house hunting trip exhausted but excited. You never know what you are going to find out there when you begin exploring beyond your own backyard. We didn’t know if we would like the town, or if we would get there and panic and wonder if we made a mistake.
We didn’t. Instead, we saw this wonderful and exciting new opportunity waiting for us, one that would be a beneficial move for a variety of reasons. So if you are facing this same type of decision, I suggest taking a trip to the new town and getting acquainted with it. Compare prices. Stop in the local grocery store. Look at the gas pumps (the gas there is almost forty cents a gallon less!). We were impressed not only with the prices in the town but also with the friendliness of the people living there.