We’ve been renters our whole married life, for about six years.
We’ve lived in closets and old ramshackle houses that had probably not been approved by the fire marshall. And definitely not approved of by my mother.
But now we’re buying a house! We have enough credit (whatever that is) in the world that a bank actually trusts us for up to 120,00 buckeroos! I feel so adult now that I’m in debt. Or maybe just like a dolt.
Either way, there are some things I’ll never miss about renting and things that I’ll miss a lot.
Pros of Renting:
- When something breaks, you can call maintenance and they’ll come over within 12-14 business days and fix it but not really. BUT at least you don’t have to pay for the parts. Unless it’s the blinds.
- You can bribe the maintenance men with cookies and brownies and jalapeño poppers so that they come to your house first. It works, and is well worth it.
With a house, there are no maintenance men to bribe, only Michael. And he takes cookies and jalapeño poppers whether he’s fixed the toilet seat or not. I’m going to have to figure out a new method of bribery.
- Just because there’s a stain on the carpet, it doesn’t mean it’s yours. With a house, all the stains on the carpet are your fault.
- You’re surrounded by people 24/7. The nosy ones know all about you. The sweet ones ask all about you. And the good ones never ask anything about you. You know things about each other that could be blackmail in a high-school horror movie. And most people treat you with a kind of tentative friendliness. Or pretend you aren’t there.
- The stairs. Stairs are good exercise.
- It’s so small you can vacuum the whole house without change electrical outlets.
- It’s so small it only takes 1 hr to deep clean it and 3 hrs to Spring clean in.
Cons of Renting:
- When something breaks, you call maintenance and they won’t come over for another 12-14 business days. And then they’ll fix it, but not really. However, they can be bribed with baked goods.
- The squeaking mattress you hear in the dead of night isn’t yours.
- Hauling groceries from car to apartment. Too much exercise is bad for you.
- You have to walk all the way to the Office to hand over rent money. Walking is good for you, but sheesh, it hurts like the dickens to not only give over more than half your paycheck, but to walk it there yourself.
- The panties and used rubber outside your doorstep isn’t yours.
- You have to sweep off your porch every morning before the kids wake up.
- Anytime your child throws a screaming fit you have to call out the window, “I’m not even touching them.”
- When someone cooks something that smells exceptionally awesome, your dinner tastes lame.
Do you own or rent?
What’s your apartment pet peeve?