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Last week we were told that we would be doing the manufactured home closing but that did not happen. Then on Friday morning, we got a call that the home would be delivered on Saturday. That meant closing on Friday afternoon. We called and late in the afternoon were told that now the home would be delivered on Monday. We were pretty excited again.
Monday morning, we got ready early so we could do the manufactured home closing and watch our new home be delivered down on the farm. We put in a call to see what time closing would be. We were told again that we would not be closing and that the home would not be delivered. The home will not be delivered until we close on it. We have been asking for two weeks to close but there are too many closings in front of ours. We have to be out of our house on Monday, August 26 as that is the day we close with the new buyers. We will be forced to move into the little green shed. Fun times!
We went to the farm to take a bunch of boards and other building supplies. While we were there, we saw the TXDot people were looking at the front of our property. By the time we drove down, they had hopped back in their truck and were gone.
We drove down the road and stumbled upon a small Mexican cafe so we went in for some lunch. David's phone rang during the meal. A man from TXDot was looking to place our mailbox (finally!) so we drove back. If you missed it, the first 15 or so feet of property from the road on FM roads does not belong to the buyer of the property. It belongs to the State of Texas. Therefore, you must obtain a permit for a driveway leading into your property from them and a permit to place a mailbox on their property. They do not allow placement of the mailbox by anyone other than TXDot (Texas Department of Transportation).
When we got there, the TXDot man was going to place it two properties down with a cluster of seven other mailboxes. I explained that we are a business and we get a lot of mail each day. I asked nicely if the mailbox could be placed in front of our property. The man was nice, but he said no. We had the option of two properties away or to the right, in front of the property beside us. I chose to the right but again asked why we can't have our mailbox in front of our property. He said the mailboxes have to be so many feet away from other mailboxes so our property was not far enough away from the cluster.
He placed our mailbox and cemented it in the ground in front of the neighboring property. Right now, no one lives there but they grow hay. There were fresh hay rounds lying on the ground that were not there on Saturday.
Today, David was down on the farm with the crew, starting the fence. We pulled the old one down as it was barbed wire with tree limbs.
The water was delivered to fill our water tank. The truck driver was new and did not listen to David. He drove off of the driveway and got stuck in the sand. Two trucks tried to pull the water truck out of the sand but the driver would not have it. He kept revving up his engine, throwing sand into the air. A tow truck finally pulled him out. David said he messed up our driveway. Hopefully the home delivery trucks will not be affected by it.
Also, David got a call from the manufactured home salesman saying our home will be delivered this Friday, August 16, and that we would close that morning at 9am. I will wait and see and not be hopeful.
I stayed home and packed all day. One of our team members from David's Garden Seeds® helped me. We got a lot done.
uThis morning, David got a call from the manufactured home transport company wanting to know where we got our new address from. There is only one place to get an address out in the country, the 911 Address office. The 911 Address letter given to us, showing our new address. In early July, we had to drive to Jourdanton to get this. I forwarded a copy of the letter to her so she said we are good to go as far as the delivery of the home.
Trash pickup in the country is expensive. It will cost us $105.00 a month to have our trash picked up twice a month. The small trash dumpster is being delivered this morning so David is meeting someone from the company out on the farm right now so they know where we would like the dumpster to be placed. It has to be placed inside of our fence, not on TXDot property.
I am packing again today, but without my helper as it is her regular day off from work.
The dumpster has been placed. David is going out to pick up the generator so we can try to live comfortably in our shed.
Little Shack On The Farm will be delivered the same day as the house, but they will not put the house together or set it up. I wonder how long it will be that we have to live in a tiny shed because they won't put the home together...I will keep you posted.
This morning, we went to Tractor Supply and bought some fencing materials for the farm. After working for a few hours at the farm, we went back to San Antonio with the intention of going to work at our company, David's Garden Seeds®. While we were eating lunch, the company we bought our sheds from called to say they would deliver the sheds at 5pm on the farm. So we went to work briefly and then headed back to the farm.
Five o'clock came and went and no sheds. There is one house across the street from our property and the lady who lives there was on her front porch so we went over to say hello. We visited with her and then we got to meet her sister before the man with our two sheds showed up at 6:30pm.
He used a little vehicle to pull the sheds down off of the truck and to place them where we wanted them. It was a lot of fun to watch. He leveled the sheds and left. Then we went home.
Today was our big manufactured home closing day. We showed up at Palm Harbor Homes at 9am. The manufactured home closing took about 90 minutes and then we headed down to the property because the home halves were being delivered. By the time we arrived, we found both halves abandoned on the side of the road outside of our property on land owned by the State of Texas. There was no one in sight.
We called the transport company and said spotters were right behind. About five to six hours later, they finally showed up. They used a little vehicle and pulled those big halves onto our property and up on the pad that was set up for the home. The home is still in two pieces but at least now it is on our property.
We were told at the manufactured home closing that people would be out next Tuesday to put the house together on the outside and block and set it up. (Didn't happen!) Then anywhere from two weeks to 45 days later, a team will come to put the inside of the home together.
Until it is completely together, we are not allowed in so we cannot move our furniture into the home, or so they said at the manufactured home closing. They will not give us our keys until everything is put together. Also, they will not install the Air Conditioner (and it has been 100 degrees F for 10 days now) until we have electricity which is not supposed to happen until the middle of November per Karnes Electric. This is something they should have told us the first time we visited. If they had, David would not have agreed to sell our home until we were in the new one. I cannot tell you how much this ruined what should have been a happy day for us.
From now until November seems like a really long time to live in a 10 x 16 foot shed when there is a beautiful vacant home right next to the shed that we are not allowed in but we have to make payments on. Our first payment is due on October 1, 2019 which is ridiculous since it won't even be fully together by then. How I wish we had walked out on the manufactured home closing and just planned to build a house.
I love to craft and I have a lot of craft supplies that are always in a mess. I saw a commercial online for a Dreambox which holds all of your supplies and then folds up. I ordered one for my craft supplies weeks ago for our new home. Yesterday, while I was busy with the manufactured home closing, I got a phone call from the freight driver who was delivering this craft supply unit from Utah. He told me the crate was damaged in transport and said he was putting in a claim in case the Dreambox was broken.
Our manager and some of our team members received the crate. The driver took off. They opened the crate and put the broken Dreambox in our business. I did not get to see it until Saturday morning and it is pretty broken up, including small plastic and metal components. Pieces have come off, broken. I am pretty upset. I sent photos to the company but they are closed on weekends.
(Note: Today is now 8/26/19 and The Original Scrapbox still has not told me how they are going to fix this. I have sent them countless emails and at least 241 photos of the damage. They are no longer answering me at all. Just tell me if you will send a new part that was broken or if you will pick it up and refund me. This thing cost more than $3000.00 so I am not happy.)
Today, we made two trips to the farm, cleaning up the things we had already taken down there. It has been too hot to start the fence. I did vacuum the little green shed that we will be living in for a while. I placed some rugs and a table in it. David straightened up the tool barn and I helped. The heat made it seem like horrible work.
This evening, we met some more new neighbors on our street who have a little snack shack for all of the truckers who zoom down our road 24 hours a day. We ordered a burger plate and a mini taco plate and brought them home to split. The food was very good; the hamburger was the biggest burger I have ever seen.
We got word from our real estate agent today that closing would probably happen this coming Friday, August 23, instead of Monday, August 26. At this point, I am a bit confused as to when we have to be out of the house.
On Sunday, we visited the farm after church, and took some stuff there. Then we packed more.
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