We're going to be tucking all non-essential moneys into a savings account to cover the downpayment, any lawyers fees and such, the cost of moving, and any repairs/upgrades that the property needs right away.
In 3 years (January 2022) we will take a look at the savings, take a look at the real estate markets in BC(because it's gorgeous on the island) and NB(because that's where Wolfie lives), and decide if we're going to move that year. If not, repeat in 2023. If it's still not a good idea we wait until 2024. At that point we get a real estate agent because we ARE buying a house in 2024. It may not be the perfect place, but we'll get all the things we need, and some of the things we want.
For an example of the type of place we're looking for... THIS would be ideal.... if it was in Hardiness Zone 7+ instead of 5. (and even where it is, it would still make the top 10 list) The only thing it's missing is two little cottages for our moms.
Now having a secure deadline is good and all but. it's made me realize how much there is to do in the next 3 years. Not only is there all our boxes and closets and random stuff that we've been meaning to go through "one of these days", I need to be in better shape in order to handle the rigours of starting up a homestead and I've been letting that slip.
This month I've started (ridiculously slowly) with the DARBEE Foundations Program every other day instead of every day. Next month I'll go to every day, and in December I might bump it up to level two... but maybe not. Depends on the progress I'm feeling(or not).
In the new year I want to look into Aikido and ASL classes. Hopefully I can find something inexpensive at a community centre.