It’s moving time at my house again! When we rented this house we are in now, we only did a 6 month lease because A. the owner knew she wanted to list the house for sale in 2009 and B. we figured we would be looking for something to buy. Well, we got half of our reasons correct in that she is listing the house for sale – but we are not buying anything just yet. Between house prices still falling, the difficulty of getting a mortgage with freelance income, and our idea of finding a vacation cabin to buy, we are going to rent again. And we just signed the papers on the new house the other day.
The last time I wrote about moving, I mentioned just how much money we were saving because we left Los Angeles and moved here. We started saving $1,225 every month, and we are about to save even more.
The house we rented is a 3 bedroom house that is designed to be a passive solar home, meaning that it is oriented so that in the winter the sun streams in the huge front wall of windows to heat up the home. The concrete floors collect the heat and slowly release it throughout the night, so inside the house, even in the dead of winter, the temperature should never drop below 55 without using the heat. In the summer, the sun is higher in the sky so the rays don’t come into the house but rather hit the overhangs – keeping the house cooler. In case things get absolutely frigid, there is radiant floor heat throughout the whole house, but we might not need it too often. So our energy costs will be less, the water is from a well so it’s free, and our rent is less than we pay here. Did I mention there is a hot tub outside too?
We now have a 2 car garage and an attached workshop where I can finally set up shop. Most of my tools have been in storage since we moved here, so it will be nice to use them again. There is an acre of land surrounding the home, with plenty of room for multiple garden areas and maybe even some chickens. We are pretty thrilled about that! Also, my wife will be even closer to work, so she will be using less gas.
Overall, our rent is less, the house is more efficient so we will use and waste less energy, my wife will drive less, and I can grow more of our own food and get eggs from some chickens. All that and we get a great unobstructed view of the mountains off our front porch. When I have some (December) I will post some pictures; the view is amazing. And as much as I wish we were buying right now, it’s just not the right time for us for various reasons. This house will do just fine for a while. 🙂