When you decide to build a new house, you are committing to move out of your old house, but getting these two activities to align is almost impossible.
Putting a house on the market is a very uncertain process these days. Will it sell tomorrow? Will it sell a year from tomorrow? Will it sell at all?
And on the flip side, when, exactly will the building of the house be completed? This question is complicated when the new house is comprised of emerging technologies like straw bale and slip-form stone walls and solar heat and sod roof that must be integrated with conventional processes of concrete foundation, plumbing and electrical wiring.
We were at a loss to figure out a way to seamlessly link our exit from the old house and arrival at the new. We’ve been quite curiously waiting to see how it would all play out.
Fortunately, a young couple has seen the character and comforts of our Madison home and are not put off by the challenges that a house built in 1922 can present. As of last weekend, we have a closing date for August 31 – about 3 weeks from now.
However, we have no clear idea of where we are going to stay until our new house is completed – probably in early November.
Today I am musing on what we are leaving and what we are heading toward. While frantically scrambling to find someplace we can store our stuff and somewhere we can camp out for the next few months.
As a writer, I’ve always marveled at how galvanizing a deadline can be.
Now, with three weeks to find a temporary place, pack and move, I’m seeing that the same can be said for a house closing.
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