Here’s the SINGLE best thing about owning a house

The best thing about owning a house

I can breathe easier. Not just metaphorically knowing that we have security of tenure here, but literally.  It might seem like small stuff, breathing freely, but it’s priceless.

You might remember I first mentioned that I was having occasional trouble breathing back in 2010. So, I never actually got it checked out. I pretty much knew it was down to living in cold, damp places, and there wasn’t much to be done about that until I could buy a house of my own.

I’m pleased to report that owning a house has made a huge difference on that front. Breathing has not come this naturally to me in years. Even on brisk walks outside in the thick of winter. Even overnight.

Sometimes (not always, I grant you, especially through the colder months – but still much more regularly than never) I wake up in the morning and find myself breathing comfortably through my nose, rather than sucking cold air desperately through my mouth.

It used to be that the only time I didn’t struggle to breathe overnight was in nice hotels, or overseas in warmer climates. But otherwise, I was never able to breathe solely through my nose at night; I just couldn’t get enough air that way.

I haven’t had the flu this year – and I always get the flu each winter, which usually knocks me out for a few days.

It’s hard if not impossible to quantify good health. How much damage has 10 years of renting already done? Renting for life might not have actually killed me, but it would’ve taken its toll.

5 thoughts on “Here’s the SINGLE best thing about owning a house

  • Reply Taylor Lee @ Yuppie Millennial September 2, 2016 at 01:54

    Is it possiblr mold spores in NZ housing or does cold climate in general make it harder for you to breathe?

  • Reply Vicki@Make Smarter Decisions September 2, 2016 at 10:41

    SO glad you feel better! I rented an apartment near a job I took a few years ago and there was a smell that made me sneeze for hours. I only stayed there a couple nights a week – but it was almost unbearable. You are definitely right that breathing well and sleeping well are important! So glad you found that in your house!

  • Reply Life We Learn September 2, 2016 at 11:29

    That is fantastic and glad that you are feeling better these days. Something as important as being able to breath well, most of us take for granted.

  • Reply Amanda @ centsiblyrich September 2, 2016 at 13:52

    It’s great you are feeling better in the new home! What a relief that must be. We’ve had issues in a past house that made me wonder if we had mold growing in the basement. Seems like since we’ve moved out of that house, I feel better overall.

  • Reply Dividends Down Under September 2, 2016 at 18:02

    That is a wonderful reason – I thought you were going to say something financey for the reason. Your health is priceless and I’m so happy for you that it’s a hugely positive change.

    Not having rent increases would also have been a good reason 🙂


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