We bought the house back in October, and it really was the strangest thing. Literally all of my online friends were like “YAY! We’re so happy for you! Now you can stop moving so much!” and literally all of my offline friends were like “NOO! Don’t do it! Don’t you know how much work a house is? They’re expensive, too!”
Kind of funny how different the views were. There wasn’t any middle ground, and if there was, those people probably kept it to themselves. Well, it’s been eight months since we bought the house but definitely don’t regret it one bit.
Is the house cheaper than our previous rents? Yes. Is it our dream home? No, but we’re probably going to move one last time later (but no time soon). Is it a lot of work? Yes, but it’s work that we actually can go and do ourselves. I’m sure there are plenty of places in Colorado where you can rent a nice apartment, but we’ve lived in several different complexes ranging from luxury to average, and honestly, they all have absolute shit customer service and all of them were complete nightmares. You want to see how bad things have been here? Type “Apartment” into the search bar up there and go. Just what the fuck. Massachusetts has much stricter Landlord/tenant rules so we were expecting something similar. Nope.
Have things gone wrong in the house? Yes. We had our washer and dryer die, we had to exterminate a bunch of bugs before moving in, we had a break in, the back part of the house is an Internet dead-zone (well, we fixed that now, but it was an Internet dead-zone), we had to junk the fridge that came with the house because it was disgusting (and barely worked) and the dish washer will probably die soon too. You know what though? We don’t need approval to do it ourselves. We can run out immediately and fix things. We can set an appointment for people to come to look at things, and they don’t just show up when I’m in the shower or try to fix my water without turning it off first.
Are there improvements we want to make? Yes, and we’ve been working on them. Is it more work having a house? Yes and no. I have a hard time physically, so it’s a Hell of a lot easier knowing exactly when people will be in my home than it is when I have to just guess and be up every day at 8AM until someone finally shows up (and it can and has taken weeks in the past). When you get down to the nitty-gritty then yes, we do have to do all of the grunt work ourselves, but getting that stuff taken care of on our own in a fraction of the time is way better than waiting on someone else.
Not one regret here.