My house owns me…

9 Jun

Rent or Ownsource

I love our house.  It’s beautiful, more than big enough for our needs, and the layout gives us a lot of options.  I feel really lucky to have a home that keeps us safe and happy.

And yet…  home ownership is SO MUCH WORK.  There is always something that needs doing, and since our house was a foreclosure it started out in worse shape than some.  We’ve already painted a few rooms, added window treatments in a few places (all were stripped by the previous owners), and obviously filled the place with out furniture.  Aaron has done tons of work outside to get the lawn (front and back) in working order.

But there is still so much to do, and there is always more.  The gutters need replacing, most of the house still needs painting (which is impossible with a toddler), there are still lots of window treatments to be put up, the floors in the kitchen and two ugly-carpeted rooms are in dire need of replacing, the cabinets need updating, the kitchen appliances need replacing, several windows need new screens, and the backyard needs landscaping… and that’s just the bare minimum so that we could get a decent price for it if we ever wanted to sell.  To make it our dream house… well it would need a much longer list.

Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it.  I know renting means it’s not yours and you have to put up with rent hikes and management changes that can be irritating.  We rented for a long time and we had some issues there too… but I sort of miss having someone else mow the lawn and fix the broken showerhead.  Is that insane?

Honestly, if it were up to me I think I’d rent forever.  Alas, it’s important to Aaron to own, and it certainly has tax benefits and a certain sense of security… so I guess I’ll just go back to making the to-do list and remembering how very lucky I am to have a house to complain about in the first place.

Do you rent or own?  What do you like or hate about your situation?


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6 Responses to “My house owns me…”

  1. Emily June 9, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    Homeownership is definitely a serious commitment, and a lot of work. But I personally prefer it to renting.

    I learned so much from helping my parents around the house. It made me handy and resourceful in a way that many of my contemporaries are not. There are pictures of me at 4 years old wielding paint brushes and real hammers and nails. Just give Miss Evi some time… 😉

    • Skinny Sushi June 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

      You are my homeowner hero, as you are amazing and a lot more than “handy and resourceful.” You should have your own HDTV show.

      I SO cannot wait for her to help us paint and whatnot!!! I’d let her do it now, except I’m pretty sure she’d eat the paint. 🙂

  2. lovestitches June 10, 2010 at 4:25 am #

    We jus bought and I understand what you mean totally. I love being able to put up shelves and paint walls any colour I choose and other stuff. But I really really miss having a guy appear once a month to mow the lawn at no cost to us and the repairs being magically done by someone else. It definitely took owning a house to see the pluses of renting. But I’d still rather own (but only by a margin of 60/40 if truthful) because even if I can’t afford to do all that needs to be done at least when we can afford it we know it’ll be done the way we want it. We paid $20k rent while in our last place. What a waste of money for someone elses mortgage!

  3. itisis June 10, 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    i love your writings, it’s so honest 🙂

    anyway, to respond – i’m hell of a lucky woman because my husband already bought the house (or, a little loft) where we live with our naughty little dog.

    housing in beijing is insane, as in pricing. it’s almost as bad as new york, at least that what reports say. renting is not a good option, especially if you’ve decided to stick around the same city for the rest of your life.

    i’d say we own our house, because soon we plan to sell it off and buy a bigger one, once there’s kids and thus more need for privacy (kids, i mean!).

    i used to rent before i was married, and with the money i paid (expats usually get ripped-off here), i could have bought a really good car with it… or perhaps, a few squaremeters of land 😉


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