Renting out the house

Andrew and I were lucky enough to find our own little slice of New Zealand 4 years ago. We purchased the house without any dramas and have since had a wonderful time here (less the time that it got broken into by some punk-assed kid who stole a bunch of our worldly possessions, but thats another story and its old news now!). We’ve extended the deck, added a shed, painted the fence and added an attic during our time but now we’ve had to decide what to do with it while we go away.

The property market in Wellington, and the rest of the country, has been nuts, and we are confident we could probably sell up and make a good return on investment. That feels like a good idea now, and seeing a whole pile of cash in our bank would feel good, but it would make it really hard when we decide to return to NZ and have nothing. So, we’re going to make the most of the busy rental market and get some tenants in.

After a bit of research and some phonecalls and visits we settled on a company called ‘manage my property’. The team have been super helpful and answered all our questions. Last week they stopped by at the house to take some photos then they put the listing up on Trade Me. Within the first hour we had 60 views.

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Yesterday we had two couples come through the house to check it out and hopefully at least one of them will apply and get through the process. If so, it could mean we’re out of our house as soon as next weekend!!

Moving out of the house will really signal the next milestone on our journey to overseas. The prospect is so exciting!

The good, the bad and the ugly

Between this whole working full time gig, the packing up of our house, the catching up with friends and family and general need to ‘netflix and chill’ the pre-trip blog has been quiet. Sorry! There are probably only so many times you want to hear about how un-romantic planning a trip like this is. The endless lists, the numerous contracts, the 50-gazillion rolls of packing tape – you get the idea.

So, to condense some thoughts here is a quick list.

The good:

We’re making progress. The bank account is looking healthy and the cupboards, nooks, crannies and general hidey-holes are looking empty.

We haven’t killed each other. Something like this has the potential to really stress any one out. We’ve defiantly had ‘some words’ but there haven’t been any stand up rows, or slammed doors. We even took a couple hours out to enjoy our third wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

We found *the* list. Our parents have been pushing us to document every facet of our lives, in case we get killed by terrorists or something equally morbid. After an extensive google search I found an excel doc template that will be perfect. It has about 50 tabs and lots of boxes to fill out. I’m kinda excited by it….

The bad:

FOMO. We’ve had our first few ‘save the dates’ for upcoming events that we wont be able to attend because we’ll be away. Its dumb to feel like we’re missing out since we’ll be off on the best adventure of our lives. It will be weird to miss out on all the social things though!

Party planning. We want to have a bit of a farewell knees-up party, which is proving hard to fund. Some bars want up to $10,000 to host 100 or so people on a Saturday night. Thats 1/5 of our annual budget!!!! Hell-to-the-no.

The ugly:

Me, after a day in the garden trying to move lots of gravel, paint a fence, do some weeding and generally make the house more presentable. Andrew helped by water blasting the entire place which is no mean feat.

Really….it hasnt been that ugly at all. Just administrative.