When planning on relocating we were faced with a huge question of whether or not to keep everything, putting it in storage, or sell everything. We decided to sell everything, our house, business, car and other belongings – everything that would not fit in our suitcases.
This proved to be a little tricky for us because we were still making mortgage payments. So if our house sold first, we would have to move everything into an apartment while we waited for our business to sell, way too much hassle! But if our business sold first, we would start eating into the savings from its sale to pay the mortgage each month, cutting into our precious time in Ecuador. This was a very anxious time for us, but as it turns out the house and business sold on the same day!!
Now we were faced with getting rid of all our stuff, and oh yes, we were also homeless. The large appliances went with the house, and the other sizable furniture was sold either online, or to family and friends. How did we feel as our belongings went walking out the door? Lighter! We found this experience to be very freeing, almost like a purging, a fresh start, and a brand new slate.
My husband’s parents took pity on us, and we stayed with them for about a month. During our last month in Canada we had yard sales to get rid of the mountain of smaller belongings we had collected over the ten years of our married life. Our daughter jumped into this undertaking with both feet. She sold almost all of her toys and saved the money to buy a special doll to take with her. She found it fun and exciting because we had to order this new friend through the mail, and it came in just in time.
We met with a lawyer to get all of our papers in order, wills, power of attorney and stuff like that. We met with the bank to set up a US bank account, because in Ecuador they use the US dollar, and we needed to be able to transfer money electronically from our Canadian account into the US one. Now we do all that online, and the ATM spits out our money just like back home.
Being here and not having to worry about belongings back in Canada is a wonderful feeling. The ups and downs involved made it seem like an eternity, but it all came together in around eight months. We had some emotional moments as well, but the stress during it all was well worth it.