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Tsawwassen cottage offered on Craigslist for free

A Vancouver woman listed her Tsawwassen home on Craigslist for free. The catch–the buyer has to pick it up and take it somewhere else. - Adrian MacNair photo
A Vancouver woman listed her Tsawwassen home on Craigslist for free. The catch–the buyer has to pick it up and take it somewhere else.
— image credit: Adrian MacNair photo

The popular website Craigslist has many advertisements reading 'free to a good home' but one woman is looking to offer a good home for free.

Suzanne Smith of Vancouver purchased a cute little blue and white cottage in Beach Grove with the intention of moving with her husband and two young children. The problem is that it's a little small for the family's needs.

But rather than tear down the home, Smith took to Craigslist's free classified section to give it away. The only catch is that the person who takes it will need to pay for the moving costs.

"It's not like just buying an ordinary house with land, obviously there's a lot more to it," said Smith via phone from Vancouver.

Since her ad was posted on Friday she has received 20 phone calls and dozens of emails, many of them serious. For each inquiry she has referred them to Nickel Brothers, a house relocation company which will be responsible for the move.

Smith said it will cost an estimated $50,000 to move the cottage, and would greatly depend on the final destination. She said many people don't realize that relocating a house is an option and can be mutually beneficial.

While the Craigslist buyer gets an asset for free, the seller won't have to pay for $15,000 or more in demolition costs.

"Which is money that we can put back into our building budget," said Smith. "And to me, even more importantly, it's not going to the dump. Because it shouldn't be, it's not a teardown."

Smith said her family takes possession of the home in mid-April and will look to rent nearby while the new home is being built. They decided to buy in Tsawwassen after looking for land everywhere within a 30 kilometre radius of Vancouver.

"We'd never been to Beach Grove and when we drove in were just like, wow, this is it. It just felt right."

The cottage is an estimated 1,100-square-feet (102-square-metres) and was built in the 1960s. Photographs of the interior can be seen at the Craigslist ad.

"If it does turn into a purchase and somebody takes it away I can't wait for that day," said Smith. "To see it go, it'll be so cool to watch it get lifted and be moved."

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