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.


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!


Packing, selling, donating and $$’s

So we have a 2 bedroom house, with an attic, a shed and a garage, all of which seem to be overflowing with stuff!

A couple years back our house was broken into, and I thought that the experience had opened our eyes to how good life can be with less stuff, but man, I did no realise how much stuff we still had……

So, operation minimalise has been my main focus since New Years. Every week I rummage around the house, and create 3 piles; Pack, Sell, Donate.

Packing has been slow, since we still have a few more weeks in the house, but the sell pile has grown and shrunk and grown again. I had my first experience selling on facebook, after 18 months of selling exclusively on Trade Me (that’s kinda New Zealands version of eBay…..) and it was great. Ive even been hustling my facebook friends to buy stuff off us – its a little embarrassing but it works!


We made almost $300 in just a couple days, getting rid of all manner of things to a real cross section of people. Since the initial flurry of activity things have slowed down a bit – maybe because everyone is back at work, and school and the reality of the Christmas credit card spend has come home via the bill. Either way, the stuff that hasn’t sold is moving piles.

So now we’re on to the donations.


We have a box of ‘things’ a box of food and a whole rubbish bag of clothes all of which are due to be dropped off at various places by Andrew, and this is just the first lot!  I can only hope once we reduce the piles we will gain our floor space back and I will stop worrying about how the rest of our stuff will fit in to one tiny storage unit.

Suddenly living out of a 70L backpack is seeming awfully hard!