Friday, March 1, 2013

Where are we in the house-building process?

Well, I don't know if we have progressed much since the last post other than time passing and getting closer to the April start date. It's been a bizarrely difficult February. Work volume is remains absolutely crazy, more difficult than I ever imagined.

 I did get to do something seriously fun this week though. My friends, Lynn and Mike from Montana started their dream Appalachian trail hike this week. I took them to the start at Springer Mountain, GA. They are hiking with their 2 dogs, Lily and Sara who are great hikers as well. So far they have hiked 2 days, about 15-16 miles each day and are doing really well. Here a few photos:

At the Springer Mountain summit. It was about 30 degrees, windy with little balls of sleet coming down at times.
Lynn looks a little goofy in this photo, but Mike is smiling. 

Lynn is smiling big in this photo, but Mike is a little serious. They were very excited to be on their way.
I will drive their car to Maine sometime in June when they finish and then fly back. So I get to see them at the beginning and the end of their adventure.

Now back to house stuff.

John found out that you have to have the title to get rid of a mobile home which will probably turn into our own adventure because apparently the county doesn't know he lives in a mobile home on his property. That apparently means taxes haven't been paid on the mobile home for ELEVEN years. But it also means he has been paying property taxes at a higher rate than he should which is refundable for 2 years back. We don't really know what the situation is, but we will find out. I am unsure how long the process will take.

We have to get a construction loan and a permit to build a house as well with each thing contingent on something else. We'll figure out the process. We've got good people helping us, mostly Carlton, but Randy is available as well.

I have paid for most of the kit, only one more payment. It is to be delivered in April. I was hoping for April 8th, but that may be naive since we don't even have a title so we can move the possum-filled mobile home.

We'll figure it out.

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