5: Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Waiting… Waiting…

Waiting for closing day.Now that the contracts are signed, the perk test is done, the survey is done, the appraisal is done, and everything else is done… we are waiting on the closing date to arrive.  This by far is the most frustrating part.  We are very anxious for the builder to get started and for us to be able to start working the property.  Most people are not very good at waiting and waiting when you are excited makes it even worse.

The builder will clear the area where the house will go with a  bulldozer and we will hire someone to bush hog the open areas of the property.  We have to build a bridge across the creek to be able to get to the majority of the land.  I reckon we can look at a YouTube video to learn how to build a good, strong bridge wide enough for a tractor.  There’s a lot to do and we’d like to get it all done right away, but that surely won’t happen.  Article continues below…


The cost to build a carport, build a workshop, build the bridge, buy appliances and buy all the lighting for the inside of the house are not included in the construction cost of the house.  All that will be a good chunk of change, especially since Cynthia has champagne taste.  $4,500 for appliances, $2,500 for lighting, $ 1,500 for smart home gadgets, $1,500 for the washer and dryer, $1,500 for the carport, $2,500 for the workshop, $3,000 for concrete work… whew, it adds up quickly.  All that totals $17,000!  Ouch.

Two more weeks til closing and then the money will start flowing out like a dam burst.  I hate writing those huge checks but it is all part of the process.  And… we’re trying not think about the house payments that start right away.  Add that to the rent payment we are already making, so we will be hurrying the builder on as much as possible.  Once we get the certificate of occupancy, we will refinance the loan through the VA for a much lower rate.  All in due time…


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