Moving Into A New Home, Sight-Unseen: Have You? Would You?

Moving Into A New Home, Sight-Unseen: Have You? Would You?

Tess Wilson
Apr 19, 2013

In less than two months, I'll not only be moving across the country and moving to the country (I've only lived in cities), I'll be moving into a house I've never seen. I have thoughts, and I'm sure you will, too...

You see, my partner is a prairie ecologist, and because the location is so remote, housing is provided. (We'll pay rent, but it will be much lower than other local options and MUCH lower than what I pay in San Francisco.) There are three houses available: one is way too teeny, one is occupied by another employee, and the third one is- I fervently hope- just right. 

Here are the things I do know about it: it's on a lovely little piece of land (surrounded by 2,000 acres of prairie), it has an impressive vegetable garden (thanks to the previous resident, though we'll be putting a lot of work into it ourselves), it has 3 bedrooms (we'll need 2 bedrooms, and will probably use the 3rd as an office/guest room), there are at least two rooms with less-than-ideal carpet...and that's all I know. And in a way, I'm grateful.

I'm grateful because I love planning, and making lists, and sketching, and daydreaming, and doing research. Maybe it's controlling, or maybe it's just how I get down. If I'd seen the house, I feel like my brain would be overflowing with color schemes and projects and budgets. I might be worried about the things I couldn't figure out a solution to and overwhelmed by the amount of work ahead of us. With all the packing and moving planning and worrying I'm already doing, I don't really have time/energy/brainpower for any more. As it is, I don't have to think about the house at all until I'm actually there and can do something about it. In the meantime, I get to be excited — with a bit of daydreaming thrown in, of course.

(Image: Lucia's Little Houses via Apartment Therapy)

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