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Apr 18, 2012 -

Photos of My Property

It’s a vacant lot, so there isn’t much to see, but here, as promised, are photos of my little piece of Saskatchewan heaven. 🙂 I am providing plenty of clues as to the location, but would ask that no one guess the exact name of the locale on the blog. I’ll be glad to confirm guesses by email. The structure you can see in the pictures will be taken down by the sellers, but I did invite them to leave it there for the year in exchange for cutting the grass this summer…

It’s a skinny lot sandwiched between houses, but I think that once the trees have leaves there will be sufficient privacy. I can see myself backing Miranda into the far right corner (if facing the lot from the street).

Considerations (in no particular order):

-garbage collection?
-having gravel laid down for a proper RV pad
-having electricity, water, and internet brought up into a proper RV pedestal
-figuring out sewage

I went to the community’s administrative centre to find out more about using the services on the lot, but the ladies there were clueless. All I know for sure is that I have electrical wiring and pipes underground that can be brought up by a permitted electrician and plumber. I’ll figure all that out next year. I could land for six weeks before even having to worry about services, so I’ll have plenty of time to work out what I want to do and how much I want to spend. Internet would be a first priority.

From a tax basis, I can have a 100′ square foot structure on the site without affecting my property taxes. I have a vision of a little cottage that would hold a guest bunk, a washer and dryer, and garden tools, but that wouldn’t be until several years from now. I don’t want to spend too much on this property; it’s meant to free me, not anchor me!

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Apr 17, 2012 -

One Thing I Forgot to Mention About the Real Estate Purchase

When I told the real estate agent that my RV is parked in Weyburn, her reaction was, “Oh, this serviced plot will make an awesome RV pad for you to come back to in the summer!” *pause* “That’s your intent; right? To leave it vacant and come back once a year to park your RV on it?”

Yup.

And she is confident that the municipality won’t have an issue with that since she knows others in the municipality who do that. I’ve been researching this RV pad idea for ages, so I’m pretty sure I’ve found the only province with towns that will let you do this.

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Apr 17, 2012 -

What Does a Plot of Land Mean?

I don’t consider my real estate purchase official until the money has been handed over and the papers signed, but the real estate agent says that the owners have done their bit and the money is out of my bank account. So I feel like what I imagine being pregnant must feel like. There’s no baby yet and there’s a chance of something horrible going wrong, but the odds are favourable that the plan will come to fruition.

So what will it mean for me to be a landowner? I have to pause here and quote a line from one of my favourite movies: This land is mine! Mine by destiny!

Ahem. Forgive me. 🙂

To be truthful, I don’t know yet what this plot of land is going to mean for me. I have a vision of spending at least the first part of next summer on it provided that I can actually get the RV onto the plot. I remember that the unserviced lots would have required a culvert being installed, but I can barely remember anything about the serviced lot, so certain was I that my ludicrous offer would be refused. I’ll be able to confirm that tomorrow, when I will be taking pictures!

This lot is everything I would have dreamed my RV pad would be several years down the road, if ever, in that it already has sewer, water, and power on it and it is landscaped with trees. The unserviced lots were just prairie. Now, we all know how much I love the prairie landscape, but I like the idea of a few trees as a windbreak and for privacy.

This is the listing picture:

I made a mistake in my previous post in that the lot is 40′ wide, not 75′, which was the dimension of the unserviced lot. Taxes on my lot, as long as there is no building on it, is $25 per year. And I know you are all dying to know how much I paid and I am actually going to tell you! But you have to guess first! Go on, have at it in the comments and I will let you know there.

My only real concern at this point is internet access as there is no cell service out there. I’ll figure that out next year; there does appear to be hardwired internet available, so that could be an option. And even though it is serviced, I have no idea if there is actually an electrical outlet and a tap on site that I could use until I build a proper RV pedestal. All those questions should be answered tomorrow. Let’s say those things do exist, then the first priority next summer would be to bring in gravel to make the RV pad itself. But it’s way too soon to make any plans.

Note to self: as the real estate agent if it’s going to be a problem to let the grass grow all summer. Oh, the things I have to worry about now. 🙂

I’m just about out of battery juice, but I will say that the plan at this point is to get this all buttoned up first thing in the morning then get myself down to the Estevan Walmart so that I can cross to the US first thing Thursday. We’re supposed to get sun tomorrow, which should buy me some time on my batteries, but I need to get plugged in. I had originally planned to spend a night in Minot and then move to the only RV park I found open in the wintertime, but if I get across quickly, I will be tempted to haul ass all the way to that RV park Thursday night. All that to say, don’t expect pictures till tomorrow evening!

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