I’ve been looking for a state other than CA to retire to for years and my family has been pushing me to move to PA. Now my wife wants to go as well because she doesn’t want to be stuck someplace alone if something happens to me.
Well the other day I decided just for fun to take a peek at real estate near my family and wouldn’t you know it, I found my perfect house with over 2 acres of land. I can buy it now and may have to because the price will not last long, but the problem is that I can’t move for at least 6 to 9 months and I can’t even go there to look at it for a little over 3 months when I retire.
So I’m thinking about buying it unseen and take my chances, but I’m worried about how it will hold up without anybody there. Everyone says rent it out, but it’s not located where working people would be available to rent it. I’m a little leery about renting anyway because I’ve heard all the horror stories about getting people out when you need it.
Anyway I know that all the basin drains and toilets need to be sealed shut to prevent the traps from drying out and letting sewer gasses in.
I also know from when my uncles built some spec homes and could not sell them through the winter that doors and wood stairs started to warp without heat. This house that I’m looking at has wood flooring throughout the house and I'm a little worried about that. I guess keeping it heated through the winter would help, but I wonder what the lowest temp is that I could keep it at without going broke.
I have family within 20 to 40 min who could drop in maybe once a week to check on things and see that no squatters have moved in.
I kind of wish now that I would have never looked until I was actually free to go.