Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tiny Homes

For several years now Randy has wanted to build a “Tiny Home.” It’s like a travel trailer but it looks like a real house…it even has a porch. He has spent HOURS thinking, researching, planning, dreaming and talking about building these Tiny Homes to sell. He’s even drawn up his own blueprints (that I love.) 
Here's what the Tiny Homes look like on the outside and inside. 

The problem is that it cost a lot to build. He has had someone interested in investing in the idea, but the catch was that Randy had to find a bank that would loan a buyer the money to buy the finished product. Randy went to several banks and came up empty. The banks don’t want to make such a large unsecured loan on something without a Blue Book value. This past year it seemed a few times that Randy was going to be able to figure out a way to get it valued but so far nothing has come up solid.
Well, a few months ago Randy came up with a different idea. He used to “flip houses” for a living. For several years that’s what he did. He bought houses, fixed them up himself (or with helpers) and then sold them for a profit. That’s now what he wants to do with Travel Trailers (or RV’s.) His idea was to buy an old Travel Trailer that needs a lot of work for a cheap price, fix it up super nice then sell it for a profit. Then, with the profit roll it into buying the next trailer…doing the same thing, and eventually having enough money to build his 1st TINY HOME. He knows if he can get that 1st one built and sold then he would be on his way to making them for a living.
Well, I’m happy to say that this week we bought our first Travel Trailer to fix up and sell!!! We bought it from a man about an hour away. We piled up the kids after school, bribed them to be nice to one another the whole way there and back and drove down curvy back roads. We finally made it to a kind man that had tons of land, some cattle and llamas and for some reason sold us an awesome travel trailer for a much lower price than he advertised it for. We offered him one price and he countered with an even lower price.
We were in the minivan so we had to pay and leave it there, but yesterday Randy, Melody, his brother and sister in law went back and picked it up. This morning I woke up to an empty bed. Randy is outside taking measurements and making plans. He’s so excited. He’s been carrying around a RV parts catalog like it’s a Bible.
I’m excited for him. He’s been dreaming and planning for so many years. Now he is getting to physically work on something. He’s on his way. It will probably take awhile to complete because he will have to work on it after work, weekends and as we have the money to restore, but he’s still on his way. Exciting!!!
Here are some BEFORE pictures of the trailer.

Don't Worry...Randy has seen a lot worse! : )

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