A COUPLE has shared how they sold their house and bought an RV instead.
Gem and Doug Beeston-Perry, both 36, decided to leave their three-bed cottage in Mobberley, Cheshire, to travel around Europe.
The couple sold the house for £580,000 just after their honeymoon last year – and bought the motorhome for £90,000.
Gem tellsEvening News: “We were in “We’ve been in a house the longest we’ve been in four years, and to be honest it just made our feet itchy,” Gem said.
“We sat on our honeymoon and thought, ‘Now what?’ We were just about ready to move on and do something different, and then we decided to sell the house.
“We’ve always wanted to travel, but our dog is one of the main reasons we do it in the RV – so he can come with us.”
After buying their Cheshire home for £295,000 four years ago, the couple sold it for £580,000 – making a huge profit.
“Once we knew what price we were getting for our house, we decided we would use the money to buy an RV and then invest the rest in our real estate business,” Gem explained.
“It was really difficult to find a mobile home because there aren’t many of them, they’re like hot cakes.
“It’s really difficult to get a new one. The wait can take years. We had a very specific room layout in mind because we wanted a fixed bedroom and not a bed that we had to make every night.”
“Once we figured out what we wanted, we looked at numerous retailers. Then we got really lucky and came across a new car that a dealer had received from the manufacturer at the last minute because another dealer had closed.
“It was just a lucky streak and we were able to do it within two weeks.”
The couple bought the brand new motorhome for £90,000 but have since upped the anteinvested and spent a total of around £100,000.
“It was brand new, so we didn’t refurbish anything, just added things like an outdoor water filter.”“Barbecue grills, an outdoor shower, and a ceiling fan in our bedroom,” Gem said.
“It’s a so-called A-class, so it’s an American type of flat-front camper van style. As you enter, you will find a kitchen and living room with sofas facing each other, and then the driver’s seat is on the right.
“Then you go through a door and you have a shower on the right and a bathroom on the left. Then there is another sliding door and you go into the bedroom at the back.”
Buying an RV is unusual for the couple as they had never been in one before they had the idea of buying their own.
“We had never set foot in an RV before. It wasn’t until we sold the house that we thought we had better give it a try,” Gem said.
“We hired one in January and drove around Cornwall for ten days. We had a great time but didn’t really know what we were doing or anything.”
“We then decided that if we could make it and enjoy it in Cornwall in January, we’d also love to take it across Europe in the summer.”
“So we just started getting the ball rolling and really trying to come up with a plan and where to travel.”
The couple are currently staying with Gem’s parents before traveling in the van in July.
“When we sold our house, we sold a lot of our furniture because at that point we knew we weren’t going to be buying a house,” Gem said.
“Our personal belongings and anything we wanted to keep are in storage and will be kept there until we decide what we have.”Really.
“We don’t really have a plan for how long we’re going to travel, which is very different to us as we’re series planners and usually everything is planned to the hour, but we learned very quickly in Cornwall that not everything is possible.” to plan.”
Gem and Doug will start their new companywith the hope of being able to travel to different parts of Europe.
“We have obtained a long-term visitor visa for France, which allows us to stay there longer than the usual 90 days,” Gem explained.
“We must be at homeIt’s Eve because our friends are getting married, so this is ours but in between we don’t really have a plan, we just let ourselves drift.
“We want France, northern Spain,, And and then back up through Austria, and then probably back through France.
“That’s the goal, but we’ll see if we cover everything.”
Now, as they prepare to leave on July 17, the couple say their new van life still feels “surreal.”
“We’re both just really excited, it doesn’t feel like it, quiet. This time in three weeks it will be our first day in France but it just feels like we’re talking about it and not actually happening,” said Gem.
“I wouldn’t believe it at all if someone told us a few years ago that we were going to do this. I’m probably the least likely person to do camping or anything like that. I’m definitely a girl who likes to feel comfortable at home.
“We’ve always really enjoyed our holidays, seeing new places and experiencing new things, so I always thought we were going to travel, but as for the motorhome – I thought you’d be crazy if you told me we were would do that.” will do that.
“I think we got most things sorted out, there was a huge to-do list, but it’s definitely more ticked off now than not.”
“We don’t really know what it’s going to be like when we get home at the end of the year, we don’t know if we’re going to buy another house or if we’re going to enjoy the travel and the stay.” Along the way, we just don’t have any plans.