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Old 06-21-2015, 02:53 PM
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I need to pick up and move myself from N. California to Washington for the climate next spring and won't have a lot of money nor a very good car to make the move.

I am 61, retired, on very low income, and need to figure out how to do this. I have an old van that I could temporarily sleep in if needed. I want to move to Vancouver probably. Any tips at all on handling the details of renting a place and all the steps I will need to make it happen?

I have thought of selling my van and driving a small UHaul up there as I really need my furniture as it took me 8 years to acquire it all for a one bedroom. But rentals don't seem to want to rent to me unseen.

Any ideas at all on how to accomplish this? I don't know how much money I'm going to have. I hope and pray my old van would make it but then there's the problem of the Uhaul. Aaargh!
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Old 06-21-2015, 03:56 PM
Location: State of Transition
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IME, the only rentals who say they won't let you rent sight unseen are the ones handled by property mgmt. companies. Keep an eye out for a nice in-law unit. Also be aware that there's been a sudden surge of climate refugees from CA and also from the NE (harsh winters, lately), so it's difficult to find rentals. But if all you need is an apt., you shouldn't have much problem.
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:25 AM
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You would be better off having a garage sale, then buy what you need when you arrive. WA has lots of garage sales & well-stocked Goodwills & many other thrift stores. BTW, Vancouver area is a little pricey. For cheap(er) rents, try Aberdeen.
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:52 PM
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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You're a year (or less) away from qualifying for a HUD-subsidized project-based senior apartment (no voucher necessary), with rent tabbed to 30% of income (minus medical costs). Call around and see about getting on waiting lists (from a few months to a year or more). Consider flying up for a weekend at some point for face-to-face interviews (staying at one of Seattle's downtown hostels). That way, you might be able to get a subsidized apartment lined up here by the time you turn 62. To find all such apartments within the state of Washington, look here:


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