House hunting some more
The $7500 property has two foundations. The “house” doesn’t sit on either of them. I can see daylight through the roof where an addition was improperly added. There is no insulation at all.
By the time I invest in a decent building, even doing much of the work myself and/or repurposing as much of the current structure as I can, I will still not be able to justify the cost. And I need a house now, not in 12 months or more. I debated buying the lots anyway (at a very reduced price) and living there for the summer while I worked on something more suitable, but then I’m 30 miles from the house and that isn’t responsible or efficient.
Other properties I’ve looked at are also in very poor condition. They are also way too large.
There is a developer who will consider a tiny house development. But all houses would be hooked to the grid and would have to be built by a licensed construction company. And the lots are too expensive, too.
There is a house built in 1900 that is for sale by owner. It has it’s issues, but it’s only 734 sq ft including the attic, which had been turned into a room. I don’t know what the downstairs footage is, but I’m guessing 660 or so. It’s still too big, but it’s already built, the foundation is decent, I could move in quickly, and I’ll probably end up spending on it about what I’d spend on a tiny or small new construction house. So I placed an offer. I’ll close the attic space off, which means I’ll still be reducing by two-thirds for now, and will still have the opportunity to reduce more later when I have the time to build.
I’m sad. I wanted to get a tiny house now. But it doesn’t seem like the timing is right yet, after all.