You’re not going to miss not being able to decorate your space how you want or the freedom to park wherever you want or turn the water off only when you need to (not when the entire complex needs to). But there are likely to be some things that you are going to miss when you stop renting and buy your first home. Here are some of the things you’ll probably wish you still had a landlord to take care of:
- Shoveling – This was a chore that my siblings and I dreaded when we were young. Sure, we might have a snow day, but we’d have to spend the entire morning off of school shoveling off our driveway and then shoveling the driveways of the elderly couple across the street. When you rent an apartment or a house, this is something that the landlord or maintenance staff take care of—and if it’s a task that you hate, it’s probably something you’ll miss when you actually buy a house.
- Maintaining the yard – One of the biggest perks of living in an apartment building is that it is someone else’s job to mow the lawns, water the flowers, maintain the trees, etc. You get all the benefits of those things, and you don’t actually have to spend your weekends doing them. When you own your own home, however, if you want those things (and most HOAs demand that you do), you’ll have to put in the time. That’s not so bad, though, especially because you then also get to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
- Fixing things – When your water heater doesn’t work in your apartment, you get to call the maintenance staff and hope that they hurry out to fix it. When you don’t have hot water in the house that you own, you have to fix it yourself or call someone else to do it. It’s a hassle, but, let’s face it, it will probably get done faster than when you lived in an apartment and had to wait on your landlord to take care of it.
Sure, there are some inconveniences about owning a home—but the positives far outweigh the negatives. If you’re ready to buy a home, click the Apply Now! button with HomeSure Lending today!