In the first part of our small house construction series, we didn’t yet have permits in hand. Well, I’m happy to report that not only did we receive our permits…
SITE PREP STARTED! MANUFACTURING STARTED!
And we have pictures! Remember what the vacant lot looked like before…
Well, here’s where we are at after day one of site prep:
And here’s where we are at after day 3 of site prep:
When we spoke with our builder/retailer/project coordinator, John Howe, he wasn’t sure if site prep was going to start last week or this week because of weather, permitting, scheduling, etc…so when we showed up last week to mow the grass, we were pleasantly surprised to find all of the trash had been removed and a backhoe in its place.
Additionally, John said that manufacturing of the small house started! Because we chose a manufactured house over a site-built house, the process is significantly more efficient; site prep and manufacturing can be completed at the same time.
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When site prep is completed in a couple of weeks, the small house can be brought in and set on footers. We requested that the electric company stop by August 21 to set up electric service. Everything is moving so fast now! I can’t believe how far the project has come since last week.
Our new neighbors are equally excited about the progress; they stop to talk with us every time we’re at the property. We’ve started to excavate a parking pad, so we’ve been at the property daily shoveling a crazy amount of dirt. Everyone has been super nice, despite the headaches that I can imagine the project causes.
Since we’re maybe five weeks out from move in, we stepped up our efforts to sell the house. We dropped the price again–this was not an easy decision. When we decided to give up more equity, we had considered and ruled out turning the house into a rental property, letting the house sit on the market at its current price as well as taking the house off the market and staying here until the market improves.
When we filed our taxes last year, we were barely able to itemize deductions, so it’s likely this year that we’re going to have to take the standard deduction whether we keep the house or not. And we’re going to be released from PMI, so we’d have to start saving tax $ money for two places. After weeks of debate and running the finances for a number of scenarios, the house costs too much to keep since we’re spending more than $400 per month to stay here, NOT including utilities or taxes. Ouch.
Check out the Small House Construction Series!
Small House Construction, Part 1
Small House Construction, Part 2
Small House Construction, Part 3
Small House Construction, Part 4