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 –
Years 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!