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We’re Homeless!

Best BlogHomeless Shopping CartThe building process has been very slow and difficult. First we were given a May finish, then June. Now it’s September and we’re still renting with no sure finish date in sight.

We are calling most of the subs daily — although I don’t think that should be our job. Most of those that we vetted are responsive and making progress. Many of those selected by the general contractor are usually no where to be found. We need lighting fixtures, we need plumbing fixtures, there are a million little details to be completed. But work days for most either start late and end early or don’t start at all.

We moved to this rental home last August because it was a couple of blocks from the construction site. The owners were going to New York for a year and offered it to us. Sure that a year would be plenty of time, we negotiated for a shorter lease. Apparently that wasn’t needed.

On July 9, the owner asked us when our move date would be. We told him that being done by mid- August was questionable. He kindly offered to let us stay until September 1, as long as they could put their belongings in the garage. The owner even graciously offered to extend that stay at $80 per day, if needed. That was a relief and a huge stress reduction. With all the building stress, at least our home life would be somewhat stable.

Tonight, however, the bomb dropped. We got an email from the owners. Apparently they’ve been staying in a small house with too many relatives since they got back in town. The accommodations were uncomfortable and — with no firm move date in sight — the situation had become unmanageable. We were told that we needed to move out by September 7 or pay for expensive corporate housing for them to have better living conditions.

Given that we are now paying a higher rent here, rent on a storage unit, and nearly a full mortgage payment for each month’s construction loan interest, another rent payment just isn’t possible. So, beginning next Tuesday, we’re going to be homeless.

Anyone have a really big tent?

Update – September 1: The prospect of moving eight people and three businesses in a week — to an unspecified location — was overwhelming. I understand the owners’ predicament. We’ve been nomads for over two years, I feel for them. And since this is their house, if anyone’s living uncomfortably it should be us, not them. But it’s still a difficult situation. Fortunately, they have given us until September 12 to be out of the house. That gives us time, at least, to make arrangements and set up some things before we’re sleeping in our car!

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  • SueBee September 6, 2010, 10:01 am

    So sorry for the pain! What are they doing?

  • Ileane September 6, 2010, 10:28 pm

    Hey Alison, hang in there. I’m glad you got the extra time but it bet that time is flying and it will be the 12th before you know it. I hope all is going well. Stay strong.
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  • Alison Moore Smith September 7, 2010, 12:04 am

    Thank you for the sympathy. I need it! 🙂

  • JR September 7, 2010, 12:44 am

    Sorry too for your trouble, stay positive and remember that you could have much worse troubles, that usually works for me, I imagine a deadly disease or one of my kids harmed and it makes other things seem not as bad.

    Do you have an update of any kind? How are things going?
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  • bbrian017 September 7, 2010, 7:44 am

    Man Alison I don’t even know what to say. If I were you I would be suing the construction company for being late on the building of your home and force them to pay for your accommodations while the house isn’t finished.

    Having a family of 8 people and no where to live must be really stressful but I can only imagine. I will be thinking of you and your family over the next few days. I’m hoping you manage to find somewhere nice to stay while you wait for your home to be finished.

    I guess even for me being a renter this is a great lesson learned. Don’t sell your current house until the new one is built. Even if the contractors says it will be ready.

    P.S. your home looks amazing for the record!

  • Charles September 7, 2010, 8:57 am

    It’s amazing how no matter how bad things are for me I always manage to find someone who’s situation is worse than mine. I was recently forced to find a new place and move my family of 4 (one being 9 months pregnant) in 5 days but I have only myself to blame for this as my financial situation has been out of control and now my family paid the price for it. I came pretty close to living in a car as well but to be honest it almost seems like it might still happen even though we were able to find a new place and move in just before the baby was born. The move killed my financial situation even more. But as I said I only have myself to blame for this.

    But in your case it’s not really your fault; the construction company screwed things up for you and now you are left hoping a miracle appears. It’s such a shame bad things happen to good people. I hope all goes well for you and your family; I know what it’s like to have only a few days to find a solution to what seems like a worse case scenario becoming reality.

  • Cindy September 7, 2010, 11:49 pm

    I think it might help speed up the work if there are people actually monitoring the construction workers so there is no time that they become ‘idle’ while they are there if thats the case. Sometimes they need a little kick to have these guys’ engines running.
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  • Alison Moore Smith September 8, 2010, 1:17 pm

    Charles, wow. It’s good to hear from others in this predicament. And yours was, without doubt, exponentially more stressful. I cannot complain — and shouldn’t. But doesn’t fussing and whining feel good sometimes? 😉

    Best to you. Hope you get your situation to turn around.

  • Alison Moore Smith September 10, 2010, 9:42 am

    You’ll notice in the trackbacks that this post was in the top ten most engaged posts on BlogEngage this week. I think it’s funny that our homelessness is so popular!

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