The Hazard Of Moving

We haven’t departed the home we sold, and the obstacles are mounting.

Sales Transaction Obstacles:
No matter how many times you may have moved, you will shed yourself of items that you collected to keep forever; now it is deposited into your memory as something on another trip can be replaced. After all, you WILL NEVER move again…???

Asking For Packing Boxes On Social Media

Social Media, a great way to stay in touch with relatives, tell jokes, ask advice; when asking for moving boxes will signal new settlers that you are now opening shop as the neighborhood recycler. You will even have individuals leaving boxes on the side of your home; call you and tell you the boxes on the side of the house. NextDoor reduces an entire town to meaning Next Door.

Post the excess on NextDoor may be rewarding of passing on to your NextDoor neighbor who is selling?

Roofing Inspection

Here is a warning. Buyers agents have no idea whom to utilize for professional inspections of buildings. You as the seller have no say so if the Buyer is paying for the inspection.

Our home is four years old and has a cement tile roof. The inspector was all of sixteen years old, working for The Roof Doctor; a subsidiary of a roofing contractor. The report arrives, and here are the inspector’s findings;

1) Several broken tiles – repair with fifty-year roofing tape.
2) Debre in a location not accessible; will need to remove five feet of tile to clean and replace.
3) Drain valley is not appropriately roofed for proper drainage; remove several feet of tile to reroof.
4) Ridge not properly sealed.
Price to do all this work, $1,700

The Buyers Broker discussed the report with all parties. They looked at me as to say, well are you going to repair?

I explained that my wife and I have been in commercial construction engineering for over forty years. If I secured the service of “Roof Doctor,” I would void the installers warranty, and if repaired with fifty-year tape, most likely the manufactures warranty would be void.

I said my recommendations, let me secure the service of the installing contractor and I would be willing to pay their price, but the had to agree not to pay Roof Doctor.

I contacted the installing contractor; they sent a technician (a new term in the roofing industry) out he inspected the roof and here is his findings;
1) Cleaned all debris from overhang – no charge
2) Replaced one tile with the same material – issued a one year warranty for work.
3) Inspected ridgeline, valley and all areas of the roof – all adequately roofed.
Total cost: $187.00
One side note; the inspector from the other company broke the tile. It was evident in the placement of the tile on the roof, and the broken piece was a small corner which the previous inspector stepped on to break.

We all know, unless documented by a photo, it would be hard to prove. So, the Buyer did not pay Roof Doctors bill.

Revenge can be sweet.

All Other Inspections

The inspector did his inspection and reported that what proper construction, not to worry.

Home Inspector

Three minor repairs recommended. It involved touch up paint. The developer provided all the paint codes and the actual paint store who maintained all records of colors by lot number. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to go to the paint store, give the lot number, answer a few minor questions, like interior or exterior.

Your Responsibility

I received a new CPAP mask. Anyone who uses CPAP’s knows there are times when you experience weird dreams or nightmares. Heavily breathing, panic set in deep. Dreaming about the day of the move the gas fireplace was not working; unusual for mid-summer. The Buyer and their Broker stood there staring at me with stares that said, “well fix it.” I woke up.



Homes sold to a Buyer needing a mortgage require an appraisal. The lender told the Buyer that no visual appraisal was necessary due to the age of the house and reviewing the Selling Brokers photos online.

Packers & Loading

All the wives I know call packing and load horror week. All the husbands I know try to hide or run out to the hardware store; you know the hardware store that serves alcohol.

Two days to pack all that is going into the truck and two days to load the truck, knowing that the loaded trailer will become the storage facilities. Where will they keep the storage facilities? Let us pray that it is not alongside Interstate 40. Gee, we may pass our furniture as we travel east from California to North Carolina?

Storage & Wait

We have approximately 50 days before our new home in North Carolina will be completed, and we can move in. When selling and constructing a new home, timing will never match, but we came close.

We hope to post as we travel across the country, articles of interest and photos.


Time To Move

Our children broke the news that they are planning on relocating to North Carolina. Why North Carolina.

“We’re tired of trying to gain a foothold, here in California. We want better schools for our children without having to pay an arm and a leg to private schools.” California may be the wealthiest State in the Union, but it rates 26th out of 50, where North Carolina is 16th out of 50. Ratings are always changing. School Ratings By State  If a child falls into the category of upper or upper middle class, these families most likely can reside in a better school district. Those who are unable to live in the better school district, fall into the category of not succeeding. Of course, this statement is based on averages.

This conversation took place two years (2016) ago. Mom and Dad scratched their heads contemplating the future ahead without the son and daughter, but the grandchildren are the primary focus.

We have heard all the stories about grandparents following grandchildren. The grandchildren’s parents move around due to career opportunities. Grandchildren grow to become teenagers, grandparents become less critical. Actually, the teenage years will happen no matter if the grandparents are close or off in some distant land. Californians moving to the South? How would that mix with our personalities?

We weighed all the pros and cons, listened to all the advice. We decided to travel to North Carolina, after discovering the areas that our children were contemplating. Once we flew back, spent a few days in the Charlotte area, the Ashville area, we knew it was going to be difficult making a final decision. The difficulty was not the move necessarily, but Ashville is a beautiful area. The winter climate is harsher then the flatter plains, that would be something we would need to adjust too.

The First To Move

Our son and son-in-law traveled back to scope out several areas around the Charlotte area. With Charlotte becoming the financial capital of the United States, this city is growing with the construction of all types of buildings. The millenniums are taking over the city. No place for the retired.

Mooresville, North Carolina is a great area for young families. Schools are rated high for the State and Nation; grandkids will be given a running chance at life with a solid education. Jobs are plentiful, that opens the door for the parents. Cost of living is less than in California. Mooresville, NC   This will be the first time for this family to live in a three bedroom home. A yard, nestled in a young and growing community. Close to schools, shopping, and activities for the family.

The town is on the edge of Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in the U.S., owned by Duke Energy. The State Park offers camping, educational talks, and plenty of hiking trails. Duke Energy Parks

Trilogy to Trilogy – 

Trilogy Lake Norman North Carolina

IMG_1089Years of residing in the Contra Costa area makes it difficult, for the grandparents in deciding to move. Another factor is the process of packing, planning for the storage of personal items, furniture, temporary residence while our new home is completed being constructed. Oh, don’t forget to separate things to maintain your hygiene and clothing while other items sit in storage.

We reside within an active adult community, Trilogy At The Vineyards located in Brentwood, California. We have lived with the activities, the lifestyle, the excitement. Trilogy On Lake Norman offers the same lifestyle as the one we currently reside. But we didn’t stop searching for other active adult communities to move. After our search, it was Trilogy that we wanted. Easy decision, but difficult to decide on purchasing a resale or building. That decision was made for us, there were no resales of the models we wanted.

Off to see the salesperson whom we have dealt with for the past two years. To discuss the cost of building another new home; this time in Denver North Carolina near Lake Norman and across the lake from Mooresville. The family will be near to the grandparents for holiday dinners.

The decision was comfortable, with homes less expensive than in California. The same associated community that will lend itself to commonality in lifestyles.

Ducks in Order

Moving is an overwhelming task, and this task is strained no matter if it is relocating to around the corner or across the nation. In our case, it is across the country and based on our California home selling. Do we have a contingency plan if our home doesn’t sell? Guess if it takes that long, we could become landlords. Though the trend on homes up for sale, do not end up becoming rentals because of not selling. So our house is on the market, any interested parties?

In planning one must consider movers, storage, temporary housing, driving to the new State versus having the car(s) transported. The timing of having the movers to pack the items to be moved. Selling or donating the articles not to be moved. Maintaining the home for sale in showcase fashion and departing the house for someone to view in consideration of purchase. The most expensive portion is the move itself. Vehicle transportation was priced at $1,600 from California to North Carolina.

The number of individuals or couples who are out for an afternoon drive, deciding to stop in for viewing at first are overwhelming, As the newness wains, the earnest buyers trickle in for consideration. There have been many times where an emotional decision of the first crowd decides to purchase.

Once a buyer has decided to purchase, then all of the inspections start. Contractors in and out for various inspections, appraisers, must agree with the price and the new buyer wants you out so they can move into their new home, and you want to get out to end this nerve testing task.

When all is over, and you are in your new home, let out that big sigh of relief. Taking in the new surroundings, all of a sudden the front door opens and run in the screaming grandchildren. Whats to eat!