I’ll never forget my husband telling us the amount the woman was “offering” us and saying we had to be out in two months. The look of heartbreak and betrayal on his face. The fear we both had in that moment. I remember screaming that she was a heartless monster and telling him to just hang up on him after he had brokenly told her that we have two small children. I could hear her heartless response, “Well…”
She ended up calling back and saying six months, and slightly upping the amount. My children understand that we’re being made to move, and they call her “the bad lady.” I haven’t corrected them because nice people don’t kick people out of their own homes. Over time I have told this woman everything wrong with the home, not wanting her to get pissed off and cause problems for us later saying she wasn’t made aware of this or that. She is fully aware that it’s going to be a fixer-upper.
As stressful as being kicked out of your own home during a pandemic while everyone is unemployed has been, we realize we’re very blessed. We have a safety net in family. When my husband was talking to “the bad lady” the first time, I called my mother-in-law in tears telling her what was going on. We have a safety net. With what we get for the “sale” of this home we’re going to put a down payment on a new home, and she’s going to finance it since we wouldn’t be able to with no income. We get a brand new home out of the deal, it’ll be on land my mother-in-law owns… right next door to this place. No mold, no sunken-in floor, bigger kitchen. She keeps telling us it’s a blessing in disguise. We’re trying to look at it that way but we expect hiccups along the way. Still, things are progressing and we’re not going to be on the street. We’re very thankful.
We’re in the phase now where the land has been measured and it’s confirmed that the home will fit on the land, so testing needs to be done to ensure we can have a septic tank. The land has to be dry, so of course it’s been rainy. Still, we have hopes that this will be done this week. When the inspector gives the go-ahead for septic, we can really get the ball rolling! I’ll be able to pick out colors and such for my home (I’m very excited for this part), we’ll start getting the land flattened a bit and utilities brought in.