I think I have watched too many of those TV shows about real estate...Million Dollar Listing, Selling New York, etc. You know when they put the property on the market and there is a bidding war in the first 24 hours, a deal is reached for over asking price, all cash, and closing is in 12 days. Yeah well, that's not exactly real life, just real good TV!
I thought I would put the house on the market as soon as school got out and be on a road trip by July. Nope. But the house did sell quickly…about three months from the day we listed until closing. Not bad.
The whole summer was spent cleaning, sorting, organizing, packing and showing the house. And then, next thing I knew, it was crunch time! About 2 weeks out from closing, everything went into overdrive! I was packing all day long! We (Jesse, Jono and I…oh, and Shane helped out when his social calendar permitted) moved every single box and piece of furniture out of that house by ourselves! Pretty proud of that!
I put almost all of it in a storage unit 10 by 20 (Wish I had a picture of it! I am an excellent packer! Seriously! I may not pack light, but I can certainly pack a lot of shit into a small space! Have you ever gone camping with me? You should. I am exactly the kind of person you want to camp with because I bring everything you might ever need…like a large and small colander, one for pasta and one to wash strawberries; a tent with net sides to hang out in to avoid bugs, and every size and thickness of ziplock that was ever made…just to name a few of the essentials. All you have to do is show up!)
After a crazy week of moving, I jumped right into a crazier week of road trip prep! We closed on Monday, Oct. 3rd (which means we got the $$$ that afternoon). Tuesday afternoon, Summer, Jono and I drove to Longmont to check out trucks. (I started out wanting a Toyota…who doesn’t want a Toyota truck!?! But the Tundra doesn’t have the towing capacity needed for my camper. Then I thought about a Ram, but they seemed a bit pricey. So I went for a Ford.) Unfortunately, we went all that way and weren’t able to strike a deal. Better to walk away than get the wrong truck/price. Wednesday, Jono, Jesse and I drove to GJ to pick up the camper. (I had already put a deposit on it about a month ago. I chose Creekside model 23dbs by Outdoors RV. You can check out the floor plan online.) On the way to get the camper, we checked out trucks in Glenwood, Rifle (crap) and GJ, but no luck. I was looking for a Ford F150 6-cylinder twin turbo ecoboost (yeah, like I even know what all that means…all I know is that it can safely tow my camper) I also wanted a crew cab and not a black interior…black dog/black interior no go. And could it have less than 35,000 miles, good tires, no older than 2013, and a decent price??? I mean, that’s not that much to ask for, is it? I guess so, cause no ones got one.
Thursday, I got up and looked online in Denver again for trucks for a few hours. I had narrowed down a few places that might be possibilities but nothing for sure. Then, at 4pm, I got back online to call a few of the places and I saw this truck that wasn’t there before (cue sound effect…heavenly intervention/destiny). I called and the salesman hadn’t seen it before. He went out to the lot and called me back about 10 minutes later. “This is it! Exactly what you’re looking for!” Um, yeah, we’ve all heard that one before. I told him to go ahead and hide the keys and we would be right down (right is relative…we would be there in 2 hours)
9:30pm Thursday night…Jono, Summer and I were driving my new 2014 white Ford F150 6 cylinder twin turbo with ecoboost, 36,000 miles, tan leather interior, running boards and nice, big towing mirrors home to Vail!
The next day, I loaded up the camper…first real nice like and then just literally shoving cardboard boxes inside…and by 5pm, we were off!