That's right, The Tiny Tack House has finally stretched her wheel wells, and moved for the first time since her completion in 2011. I'm not going to tell you that I was strong that day, that I didn't have a nervous bone in my body.... no no no... I was a wreck! I've done things in my life that warrant being nervous, and this blew them all out of the water. I know I may look happy in the photo, and I was, don't get me wrong, I was! But that might also have to do with the fact that we had just arrived at our new location, and we were just sitting in the turn lane, waiting to pull in. So we had already made it, and in one piece!
I want to take a moment and share with you the things that I had to do to get ready for this crazy ride. First thing I should note.... we bought a house.... yes... a house. That house has a small piece of property, enough space to place a few tiny houses in the backyard.... this is why we bought a house. Christopher and myself were in the process of looking for property, earlier this year, when we soon realized that we didn't have $100,000 to put down on property, and then spend the thousands it would take to get electrical, plumbing and water to said land. Our friend Bryan mentioned just getting property with a house already on it, that way we would at least have all our systems in place, and it's easier to finance then come up with over $100,000 in cash. And that's exactly what we decided to to! Over the summer, I had been keeping an eye on some properties that I liked, but it seemed by the next day... all the properties I liked were gone! Overnight the market jumped and everything that was being listed was off the market in days. We knew we were going to have to act fast, but we were still trying to figure out what we really wanted to do. Did we want to buy a house with a mortgage? After all, the whole point of the tiny house was to avoid a mortgage all together. Were we sure we didn't just want to buy a small piece of land, but wait years to be able to afford it? The location that the tiny house was built on, was supposed to be just that...where we built it. We had no idea that we would be there for 4 years, nor did our landlord. There was a lot of stress that had been building and we knew we overstayed our welcome. That's what drove us to look for other options, and this fall, we bought a house, then we went to Peru for two weeks.... haha. Then we came home and moved the house that same week. The last 2 months have been the craziest of my life... so many ups and down, does and don'ts, that it's getting hard to see straight.
So, at this point, we have our tiny house still out on the other property, and had just returned from Peru (I'll be posting on that trip as well). We only had one week to get the house ready to move, and I get that it sounds like a lot of time, but you have to remember, we have treated our tiny house like a home, not a movable rv. We have things that if we hooked up and went down the road, so would everything inside the house, except all over the floor along with broken glass and much more. We had to prep our house for moving day, which included securing our fridge, removing all the books from the bookcase, plants and other trinkets road in the car, we put the ladder in the bathroom (that way we knew for sure it wasn't going to break free and crash to the floor), removed all the lamps, took the glass out of the outside light...along with the bulb itself and everything off the small kitchen storage shelf, because that's a lot of mason jars that I would not want to clean up after a ride down the road. The biggest thing we had to do, was disconnect the solar for the tiny house, and this had to be done at night. If we were to disconnect during daylight hours, there's a really big chance that we could have electrocuted ourselves. Even if we pull the plug out of the wall, and the cord isn't hooked up to anything, the panels themselves are still generating electricity if it's daylight. So we had to do that at night, which ended up being at about 10pm in the rain....not a lot of fun. But we did it, and everything is fine, we are still alive! This was done the day before we had to move the house. Moving day we showed up about an hour before the move itself, and that was to drop her back on her wheels. We propped her up on her wheels about 3 years ago, so we were curious to see how the tires would react to the rocks again. Some squeaking and crackling sounds, but nothing too scary. The house definitely settled over the last 4+ years, but made it past this stage as well. Only thing left to do... move the tiny house. Which for some, like Jenna and Guillaume... is a piece of cake, since they have been traveling the last year with their house. So setup and teardown is like changing a pair of socks... no problem. Check out their awesome youtube channel to follow their adventures!
Our friend Brock, from Bob's Corn showed up with his truck to help us move the tiny house. The truck looks bigger than our tiny house, haha. I couldn't have asked a better person to do the job! Brock is a wonderful friend and an awesome tiny house mover. He also helped our friend Candice move her tiny house a few years ago.