We sealed the deal on our new house today. It’s been really exciting couple of weeks selling our old house and examining the new one to see that anything hasn’t been built wrong there. Now we’re clear and just waiting for June to move in.
It was a fantastic experience to watch the inspector go through the house today. She was extremely thorough and even drilled a hole in the wall to make sure there wasn’t mold in there. With such a different profession I could never have imagined what needs to be done to check a house and what one needs to know. Half the time it felt like the people were talking a foreign language with their house building jargon. The owner of the house has built some of the house herself with her father who’s a carpenter so she seemed to know every little detail about the foundations of the house and to my relief she was very much into ecological ideology and talking to her today half the day convinced me that we’re about to buy a house that has been built with love.
When you’re house shopping it isn’t just about walls and windows. It’s very much about who you are and what you want from your life. We’ve been looking at houses for more than a decade and there have only been about a dozen that we could’ve imagined to live in. ‘This just isn’t me’ is the most common thought in my mind when I browse through house ads. It’s a bit like you go for a walk in an unfamiliar environment, look at the windows and think ‘I wonder what kind of people live in that house’. To find a home where you can imagine living for the rest of your life is a huge thing, at least for me. Or maybe I’m just exceptionally picky.
It feels like I’ve been holding my breath for the last couple of weeks and naturally it has also had an influence on my art work. I have taken only a few photos in the past few months. I’ve been uploading old pictures in Flickr and I do have an endless archive of them. It just feels like I’ve been tanged up in a knot with the house businesses and I’ve just been waiting to untangle. Today’s relief was the first step on that, and the biggest I’m sure. Can’t wait to see what the light is like in the new neighborhood in various times of the day and the year. Lots of new angles to shoot!