As incredible as it seems, only 49 hours after officially being listed on the market, we had a signed contract on our current home! It sold!
This is a HUGE step forward to make our homestead-in-2021 goal come true!
At this point, what we have is a contract, and from here, we still have to clear appraisal for the buyer’s loan, as well as the inspection process to sell our house. These, really, are the biggest steps outstanding because our process to get the mortgage are really already in flight.
We spent quite a bit of time today on working through the mortgage on the new farm and with the loan and strength of our documentation, we actually don’t need an appraisal.
This whole thing cuts the number of steps we have to clear (and the number of things that could go wrong and derail the process) to just a couple of things instead of the previous laundry list.
Now that this feels like the move to a homestead is on a bit firmer ground, we start to think about the key projects that we want to do in the first year. With a move-in date of late February, we probably have time to get a garden in before the late frost date of early May on the plains. One question: can we do the garden beds construction AND also get the chicken infrastructure in place in time for decent egg production this year?
It also raises the question: does it make sense for us to do a larger covered chicken run – or should we plan on our original plan to let the chickens roam in a couple of fields to rotate between? The predator load on the northeast of Colorado includes things like hawks and eagles – it might be that our best decision could be simply to do a larger stand-up run.