It’s no secret feeling tied down by a checklist of life accomplishments can feel draining. Maybe you’re not interested in the standard; “Get married, buy a house, have a baby” phenomenon. If this is you, young or old, the decision to sell everything you own and move into an RV may be the right choice for you. Look no further for our top things you need to know before selling everything and moving to an RV full-time.
Full-time RV living is definitely a lifestyle change if you’re used to traditional home life. Your first big task will be selling your current humble abode. Here are some top house-buying companies you can consider if you want to sell your house quickly and with less hassle.
Before we dive into the things you should know, let’s discuss what the benefits of RV living are:
- The lifestyle can be cheaper than owning a traditional home
- Your home is on wheels and can take you to endless places
- You’ll inevitably buy less stuff you don’t need
- You can still live in the same town you currently do, or not
- The ability to travel full-time
1) Make a moving timeline
The best first step to take when you’re wanting to sell everything and move to an RV is to make a timeline for yourself. Although a big adventurous leap, this move certainly requires some planning. Know that your timeline won’t go exactly as planned but having a rough guideline of when you want to be hitting the road in your home on wheels will make the feat seem more manageable.
Have a date of when you want to have all your belongings sold and when you ideally would like to close on the sale of your home. When moving is getting closer, remember to include timeline items like how you plan to school children and logistics regarding remote work.
2) Prepare to sell your home
Want to get top dollar for your current property? Check out these top best fixes to make to get your listing price at the closing table. Once your real estate professional gets photos taken of the home, start selling your furniture. Get creative by selling things online, hosting a garage sale, and donating items to local charities in need. Don’t forget to plan to sell your vehicles as well.
3) Purchase your RV
This one may seem obvious but do your research on the best RVs that will work for you and your family. There are loads of options, each with unique features that can benefit you and your new lifestyle. Take your time to decide which RV is the one for you. It’s a large purchase and will impact your life dramatically if you select one that isn’t the right fit. And don’t forget, there is more to just the purchase price in the overall costs of RV ownership.
4) Downsize and consider a storage unit
Downsize, downsize, downsize is the key to successfully living in an RV full-time. Even if you sell 90 percent of your belongings, you may still feel the need to rent a small storage unit in a home-based location. This could be necessary to keep sentimental items like boxes of photographs, excess tools, special holiday ornaments, etcetera. If you’re struggling, consider these tips for downsizing.
5) Purchase necessary items for RV living
Consider purchasing an RV GPS, electrical management system, tire pressure monitoring system, water filtration system, and other handy tools to have on the road with you. See our list of essential RV gear. When doing this purchasing of larger items, it’s also a good time to set a budget for your monthly living when you’re hitting the road in your new home-on-wheels.