Calgary couple giving away house on Kijiji

A Calgary couple is giving away their house. The only catch: you'll need to come get it.

Country singer Jason Hastie and his wife, Gina, are planning to build a new, larger home on their current lot, but can't bring themselves to tear down the 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom bungalow they've called home for the last 10 years.

So they're offering the home, free of charge, to anyone in need of a place of their own. They're even throwing in $1,000 toward the costs of moving it to a new property.

"My wife and I are giving away our house to someone in need. We are building a house on the same site and need to have our current house moved off the site by mid-to-end of February," Hastie writes on Kijiji.

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"This house has been my home for the past 10 years and I have done many renovations to it. The LAST thing I want to see is for this to be torn down. It is an awesome house and would make a great home for anyone in need."

He then lists the renovations done to the charming 1952 house, included an updated kitchen, bathroom with a jetted tub, and new windows.

Country singer Jason Hastie and his wife, Gina, are giving away their home to anyone willing to move it off of their property.
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"In all honesty, we just didn’t want to see it knocked down and we thought someone could use it," Hastie tells the Calgary Sun.

"We put a lot of renos into it, and I’ve lived in it for the past ten years — I'm pretty attached to it."

"Our initial thought was to help out someone who had been affected by the flood if their home had been destroyed," Hastie told CBC News.

By this morning, the Kijiji ad had been viewed more than 230,000 times.

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The "free" house will still make a dent in your savings.

Pat McCann, owner of McCann’s Building Movers in Calgary, tells the Calgary Sun that moving a house of that size could cost up to $30,000, "depending on how far they want to take the bugger."

"You'd have to cut it half, and remove the addition," he adds, noting that the new owners would also need to pay to secure it to a new foundation.

Hastie insists that's why his family wanted to contribute somewhat to the moving costs.

"The end goal is just to see a family or a person who can use it moving in," Hastie says.