Prep for Extended Vacation & Real Estate search
We are planning a month vacation and property search in sunny Florida since we are both retired and we hate the cold weather. This takes a lot of planning since we like to rent houses so we can feel comfortable for the that length of time we are staying. We started planning for this trip 10 months ago but we do like to plan ahead and there is peace of mind when you know you have the placed booked and don't have to rush around to find a place. Cold months are sometimes hard to find places since the snowbirds!
We are planning on finding property to buy so that we can go back and forth for a while until permanently moving to the warm climate. My daughter just got married in October and I have said if I don't get a grandbaby in 2 years I am flying south for good!
First step was we selected the general area we would like to focus on our real estate journey and book a house within less than an hour from any place we would be searching for a home. We typically rent through vrbo.com or homeaway.com and we haven't experienced any negative in doing so. We have used those services for years.
Second step was within the 2 months prior to leaving we got our pre-approvals for financing so we knew that we could indeed purchase while we were there and what budget we were looking to stay within. Maintaining two properties is not easy long distance so we have decided if at all possible we would purchase in a gated community that offered lawn services etc. so that in the months it would be empty we didn't have to worry about the property.
Third step I had to work on was a packing list and this consisted of not only clothing but everything that we needed to take such as medication and making sure we didn't need refills and had enough for the time gone. I continue to add to list daily as I think of things. On my list I also listed the things we needed to do to prep our house for the time gone. It is very cold where we live so since nobody would be staying in the house we had to think of things like ways to prep kitchen pipes from freezing and avoiding any water hazards while gone. My daughter will check on the house periodically. We always notify our close neighbors of our travels and we have always done this with them so that they can watch over our house and see who is coming and going and we do this for them as well when they leave. The list also had to cover electronics and chargers, items for our furbabies and anything that would be critical to have and we couldn't do without. That takes alot of thought when leaving for that long.
Fourth step was stopping our mail service and suspending our cable/internet. This saves quite a bit when you spend what we do on tv and internet services and we are retired so every dollar counts.
Fifth step was to contact a real estate agent and gave her the criteria for our home search. I also started looking on realtor.com to see what was for sale so I could send her a list of what I liked and this will also help her to see what our expectations might be so that she knows if she comes across something whether it would interest us or not. My planner will be utilized a lot while there as I will map out areas we will travel and what days so that it maximizes our drives and we hit areas in an order that makes sense.
Sixth step and last but not least we booked a hotel for the road trip down as we are only traveling half way. We take our furbabies so we stopped a lot more and 8-10 hours in the car is enough. So I did the research for hotels around the half way point and checked reviews which is VERY important and made our reservations. The way home I will do the same process.
I used stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop, Cocoa Daisy, Limelife, Altelier Dreams
I have used my limelife notebook to create an organized list of to do and things to pack etc. Staying organized is crucial to making this work the best. I love to look at houses so this is going to be fun for me! On my actual planner I used Limelife stickers and stamp set and various other stamps to decorate. It is far from done but we are a few weeks away from January so it is a work in progress. I hope you take the time to check out Limelife planners and browse all the items you can order and how customizable they are. Check out the blog also there is always a good blog post about something that may be of interest to you!