After years of dealing with annoying neighbors one wall (or floor) over, lousy parking, poor management, constantly increasing rents and not being able to own a cat without a big deposit and paying ‘pet rent.’ I am finally going to take the plunge and buy a house. I’m almost there, too: if all goes well I’ll be a homeowner within a few weeks.
Its a big step for me and more than a little bit scary. For better or for worse, I am setting down roots here in San Antonio. There’s also the whole ‘what happens if I lose my job’ bit, but these days, that cloud is constantly hovering over everyone’s head, so that’s nothing new. Instead, I choose to focus on the Good Things associated with having my own home:
It’s my house, and if you don’t like it… – On a philosophical level, an apartment is never ‘really’ yours, and it will be nice to do whatever I want without having to ask myself whether I’ll be dinged for something when I move out. Also, there is the whole ‘investment’ angle, but I don’t care too much about that. In my opinion, the mentality of the home one lives in being an ‘asset’ instead of a ‘home’ is partially to blame for the nutzoid homeowner’s associations I always hear about in the news.
More room! – I have always lived in one-bedroom apartments and even lived in a efficiency once when things got tight. Unless I get a Unabomber special (i.e. an isolated shack) I’ll be getting a 2-bedroom house at the bare minimum and it will more than likely have a garage, too. That’s going to be a LOT of extra space that I’m not sure I know what to do with. I might rent out the extra room and I hear garages are great places to store things. I’m also looking forward to hosting parties again, it has been way too long since I’ve hosted a Super Bowl or New Year’s Eve gathering.
Do What I Want – One of the crappier parts of living in apartments is you have to be careful with your noise level lest you arouse the ire of your neighbors. While I am not a very noisy person, I do like to turn up the sound when I play video games and movies and have occasionally been ‘that guy’ that has had his stereo or surround sound system up too loud. Conversely, I have also had to bang on a few doors and tell neighbors to tone it down.
WOW a Garage! – My parent’s house does not have a garage and so I have never had the pleasure of having one. Based on what I have seen from friends, I understand it is a storage space. I might go nuts and actually keep my vehicle in mine.
KITTEH! – I have wanted to have a cat for some time, but as I mentioned in the intro, certain things about apartments have kept me from getting one. I can now acquire a cat and hug him and pet him and hold him and call him George. 🙂
Good Old Gas – My parents have a gas stove, and it is awesome. I have not lived in a place that has had a gas stove since I moved out, and cooking food has royally sucked since. One of my requirements for a home is that it have a gas connection so that I can once again experience the joy of heating up tortillas and hot dogs the way God intended.
House Party – When I had a bigger apartment a few years ago, I loved having friends over for games and even Super Bowl and New Year’s parties or two. It won’t be too long before I’ll be hosting get-togethers and this time we can crank up the tunes! 😀
Buying a house is big and scary and fraught with pitfalls, but I’ll take the hits as they come and look forward to the good things that come with owning a home, like freshly-warmed tortillas!