For Sale: Recently updated, 1000 square foot, 3 bedroom / 1.5 bath ranch home located in established neighborhood on the northside of Holland, Michigan. Two stall garage (with insulated & paneled walls, workbench and storage shelves), large fenced in yard, new front and rear cement patios, recent roof, exposed wood floors in living room and all bedrooms. Main bathroom recently updated with new tile and flooring. Kitchen recently repainted. Unfinished basement with loads of storage. Elementary school right at the other end of the street - your kids can walk to school safely. Public park located next to the school - enjoy basketball, tennis, softball fields and playground within a 5 minute walk. Home is located 1 mile from a public boat launch and 6 miles from Lake Michigan - launch your fishing boat on a Saturday morning or ride your bike out to enjoy a beautiful Michigan sunset (all on paved bikepaths).
Yes, we’re serious. We’ve been thinking about this for some time and finally made the decision yesterday. At some point during this year we will be placing our house back in Holland, MI on the market. We have two main reasons for doing so:
By selling the house we hope to pay off all of our current debt. While our debt level isn’t excessive the thought of being completely debt-free while in our mid 40’s is extremely attractive. We might be broke and we might need to incur more debt to replace our current truck or trailer, but zeroing out and starting over would be an incredible weight off my shoulders. It’s frustrating that we’re halfway through the mortgage on this house and still have roughly 3/4 of the principle left to pay. We no longer see the money and time we’ve put (and are still putting) into this house as a reasonable investment, especially when we consider the burdens of ownership.
By selling our “anchor” we’ll be freed up to continue our travels. We just can’t see being done seeing this country after a year, and I can’t see going back and working in my basement office with the little windows out at grass-level where the highlight of a day was the occasional bird or frog showing up to look at. Not after my office views have included mountains, lakes, distant city-scapes, and wildlife.
We’re still working out the details of this decision, but the rough plan is to find a park to “camp-host” at part of the year and then travel the other part of the year. Camp-hosting involves working a set number of hours at a RV park or campground in exchange for a site with full hookups (water, sewer, electric). Duties and expected hours vary, but we’ve already dropped off an application at a private RV park in Durango, Colorado. The park has a nice store & snack shop, swimming pool, game room, & ice cream shack - all providing opportunities for the kids to both have things to do but also finding odd-jobs. MsBoyink and I would be on the hook for 15 hours a week and I would actually be looking to do more manual work to both get off the computer for awhile and get a workout. Think of it this way - rather than pay for a gym membership I’d get paid to get sweaty..:) This particular park also offers hourly wages for hours exceeding 15/week, so our hope is that during our stay there we can cover all basic necessities plus food and gas by our work at the park, and all income from our current business endeavors can be socked away either to fund future travels or purchase replacement equipment.
The great part about this lifestyle is it’s not like we’re permanently moving somewhere - if we find one season is enough at one park we’ll just look for a new place next time around. Or we’ll find a place to camp-host at in the south during the winter then travel the north during the summer. Or we’ll find a park back in West Michigan and be around “home” for a season. Our options are endless.
We have questions yet. The kids have questions yet. There will be many details to work out. But we’re sure that given a few months we’ll figure it all out, and then be free as birds…;)