Renting was to me…
Paying more for less every year while paying down someone else’s mortgage
Fighting landlords trying to blame us for things going wrong around the house, from the roof leaking to the shower floor breaking; having no hot water at all for a month due to them being useless
Dealing with frequent and annoying inspections
Never knowing how long you’ll be there
Cold, damp, mould, sick
Owning is to me…
Some idea of what I’ll be paying for 30 years with some of that going into an asset of my own
Less cold, less damp, less mould, less sick
Knowing when we’ve broken stuff vs bad luck/shoddy work and the flexibility to address that however and whenever we want
No inspections and no one to answer to
Knowing we can be here as long as we want and as long as we keep paying
Doing whatever the hell we want to the house
Buying stuff once and for all knowing it won’t disappear or break between the unpredictability of flatmates or moving house
Overhauling the bathroom or updating doors and wardrobes – not a priority. New kitchen – yes, Having a small above ground pool,definitely. I dream of the day I’d be able to get my Custom Outdoor Bar Set. Who ever thought tile counters were a good idea? They break and chip like mad, plus the grouting…! Manually cleaning grout stains is very difficult and is very time-consuming. There are many types of tile floors therefore may require different ways to clean depending on the tile structure like ceramic tile may demand different abrasives than marble tile cleaning for Chalfont homes. The same goes with cleaning grouts though it is advisable to use specialty-cleaning products to retain the color. Some still uses the first simple way of cleaning by using warm water, mop and with a mild detergent. Hi Definition concrete & stone polishing company provide the best tile cleaning services. If you want to clean between tiles for grout then you need to make sure you know the right way to do so. This is because you can loosen and remove the grout on your own prior to having to hire a professional to come do so at your home. This is something that is beneficial when the time comes to save some money, plus everything that you have to use can be found in the home and they are all natural just like the cleaning products that the tile & grout cleaning uses on your floors. If you have a scrub pad and both of these items, you can try to remove the grout on your own easily. This is something that can be done simply, and without much hassle but it can be tedious if you find that you have a lot of cracks and crevices to cover when it comes time to get down and scrub the grout out. I’d also quite like cabinets that shut properly, a non grotty pantry, and a dishwasher. But good things take time (read: cost money). I’m probably only 20% into my savings goal for kitchen renovations.
I now pay for housing essentially what I used to earn when I first entered the workforce. I am so thankful to be in a position to afford a home, to have this degree of security. It is a particularly terrible time to be a low-income renter, and there are no signals of that letting up anytime soon.
In a typical week Auckland gains 825 new residents and requires 278 new dwellings. It’s pretty obvious that construction is not keeping up with demand.
I may never own a holiday house (which realistically I’ve never aspired to anyway) but I’m working to create a home I love – not just to come home to in the evenings, but to enjoy through the weekends and holidays too. Sitting out in the sun on my deck is quite possibly the happiest place on earth.
I had a good feeling about it as soon as I stepped into the house. It was a do up, but liveable. Now that I’m coming up on a year, I’m feeling more critical of it than ever, but I’m also very good at identifying what really matters.
It hasn’t been all sunshine and unicorns. A few cheaply done things started coming apart pretty early on – but it’s all right, simply more motivation to keep saving to redo this dang kitchen! And it’s getting time to upgrade one side of the fence (the wire chain/link side) to something more sturdy, for our dogs (and the rascally kids next door). Apparently neighbours are meant to split fencing costs – here’s hoping…!
I love home ownership and I am grateful every single day for what I have.