Until just a couple of weeks ago all my thinking and talking about moving to Finland did not have the sense of reality it suddenly does today. Recently we’ve had a confluence of events that really got things moving. We sold one of my husbands properties that he inherited from his mom. After six years and lots of aggravation we suddenly had a cash buyer which was going to give us cash to put towards a property. On a suggestion, I started looking for homes in Tampere after long searching Etuovi and Vuokraovi for properties in the greater Helsinki area. I came across a 3 room apartment in the Härmälänranta area that just popped off the screen at me. I sent a message to Skanska, the developer and received a message back that it was not only available, but the financial details were very acceptable. We put our house on the market and we had a buyer the first day. Now we are on our way!
I asked may daughter- in-law who is studying in Helsinki to take a trip to Tampere to check out the apartment I had chosen online. She took a day trip to Tampere, met with Skanska and reported back that I probably wouldn’t be satisfied with the apartment because the area was being built very densely, but there was a much nicer apartment close to the lake that might be better suited to us. This second apartment is a bit more expensive and almost completed. If we were to take it we’d have to be ready to take it over on April 27th. Of course it was a great apartment with a good view of Pyhäjärvi so we reserved it. Now our timeline is super-compressed. We needed to put everything suddenly into high gear.
If something looks complicated, sometimes it’s really even more complicated when you actually get involved. That’s how the purchase of the apartment is going. In order to secure the apartment I need to make a deposit of around 20,000 euros paid to their bank in Tampere. That seems easy, I just gather the funds into my bank account and wire them to the other bank account, right? No… the money has to come from a Finnish bank account. I don’t have a Finnish bank account. I looked around in Finland looking for a bank that would open an online account for me. I thought it should be possible. I have online accounts here in the US at banks I have never been to. But not in Finland. I am required to appear in person at the bank with my passport and Finnish social security number. I booked a short trip to Finland and last week I opened a Finnish Bank account.
We are living in a house about twice the size of the new apartment and we have a basement full of stuff. it’s pretty clear that our things were not going to fit into this new place. We have a lot of things. My husband has been a fisherman for most of his life and has collected tackle. I have no idea how much he has. I like sewing and quilting and have an entire room devoted to my crafts in our present house. These things won’t fit into the new place even if we wanted to bring them along. I’m in a big hurry to get rid of them, along with furniture, books, CD’s old clothes, and the things that one collects just by living. We will ship some things by container to Finland sometime soon. The space in the container is reserved for really precious things we don’t want to get rid of. Everything else be sold or tossed in the next 5 weeks.