Downsizing to a Condo – The Move
Things have been quiet this week at Go To Retirement. We took another step on our downsizing path. We drove a U-Haul truck up to the Long Branch Lakes condo with some furniture, closed on the sale, and then have been working hard to settle in. Moving is not a fun process but the excitement of trying life in a brand-new 1500 sq.ft. condo took over.
We are condo pioneers here. We are the first occupant in the first of what will be 8 buildings, each having 8 condo units. The builder has been fantastic to work with. There are a few projects left inside and outside our unit but work is progressing rapidly.
We are without TV or high-speed internet service. The local provider is a rural cooperative that is having technology problems running and terminating optical fiber to our building. That may get resolved next week.
Meanwhile, because I work so much from home, I found an interim solution. I bought a cellular USB modem on Craigslist for $10 ( a real deal) and then purchased a 30 day, 5 GB mobile broadband data plan from Verizon for $80. It’s fast and reliable enough that I can get my work done. I may use this strategy for when we travel as well because Verizon also has daily and weekly pre-paid data plans.
Although this will be our smallest residence since I was in law school, it doesn’t feel cramped. I think part of that sensation is because we are part of a 5,000 acre, low density development with thousands of acres of woods, trails, pastures, and lakes. If we want space, we just walk out the front door. Our two black labs are surely enjoying that space.
I can’t say we are true downsizers yet because we still own (and will use) our larger home back in Nashville. If our experiences here are what we expect then I anticipate that the “big” house will be on the market sometime in the next three years.
Do any of you have some tips for us as we begin this condo/downsizing experiment?
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