Debating selling everything or moving everything
This is something new I'm pondering - should we move all of our things or sell everything?
The move everything side of me says: You have a lot of interesting belongings, take them. You've paid for a storage unit for all of these months, do you want it to be for nothing? If you get a rental home, you're going to want furniture and things to make the house feel cozy.
Then the sell everything side of me says: It's going to cost $2,500 to haul everything (Uhaul + car hauler + fuel), Tiffany! That's money that isn't going toward your long-term goals at all. It isn't going toward an asset, therefore, it's money lost. Be smart! Sell everything, keep the money, and invest in new things once you get there and better understand what your living situation is going to be like. You might not be able to accommodate a king size memory foam mattress anyway!!
I don't know the answer, but it's a topic we're chewing on.
Seek out a rental or buy land right away and dive in?
This is another new development since the plan thus far has been: get to Washington, put all belongings into storage, stay in our friend's RV until we find a cabin to rent. Then find land and slowly start building our off-grid homestead as time and resources allow.
Now suddenly I'm getting hit with: Why don't we prioritize land? Why not buy land ASAP, stay in our friend's RV while we build a small cabin on our land and start to implement off-grid water systems, off-grid power, sort out WiFi and so on.
This would be doing it the real, off-grid, rugged way. We'd essentially be stepping onto a piece of remote land with zero power, zero water, zero WiFi, zero living quarters.
We talked about this tonight and both feel drawn to roughing it, to going to the property as time allows and working on projects, camping while we're there, hauling in water, and so on. I've never lived without electricity. At a homestead in North Carolina, I did have to haul water from the creek, and I didn't really have sound internet or a modern toilet... but there was power.
We'll have to talk to our friends and give it some more thought before we put money down and decide on this route.