In June it will be two years living in our house and I can’t believe it. In some ways it feels like we’ve lived here forever and in others, like we just moved in. I wanted to share my thoughts on buying a house vs renting and how it’s impacted our daily life.
Making repairs and Upgrades
When we first moved in, we had a lot of different contractors repair or upgrade little things. Such as the lighting cables hanging from the ceiling in the basement, installing a water pipe for the washer (it previously had been flowing into the sink…), getting a sturdy mailbox installed… lots of little things that add up.
It was easy to justify these investments because we own this house! We didn’t have to run it past our landlord and could do whatever we wanted. After having experienced a bad landlord in the past, this was (and still is) one of my favorite parts of owning. That freedom alone has made buying a house vs renting completely worth it.
On the flip side of that, BECAUSE we own, it’s taking me forever to properly decorate. Don’t get me wrong, the house is decorated with throw pillows and our coffee table has a candle on it (LOL) – but I haven’t been able to make up my mind about so.many.things.
How about the front entry mirror that I’ve been meaning to pick out since the day we MOVED IN? Or the new kitchen pendant lights I want to get because our current ones DON’T WORK anymore. I know it’s my own fault for not prioritizing and making a decision – but it’s not so much a priority as “there’s no rush” and “I’ll get to it eventually!”. Plus I’d rather save my money for something I truly love – and that takes time too.
Greg is the lead gardener in this house and loves to work on little projects. I love it too because that means I don’t have to do anything and occasionally give my input on ideas or plants we want to get. We both love our house and having a nice outdoor area is very important to us. And buying a house vs renting has allowed us to not just sit outside but put in the work to get that luscious green grass. Spoken like a true homeowner!
Another huge change I’ve noticed is that I’m way more invested in my neighbors! I’m in two neighborhood facebook groups (again, crazy proud homeowner over here) and we even have a written newsletter. I’ve also half way joked with Greg that I want to help address car safety in our area – especially since we got into a car accident 2 blocks from our house last year.
Feeling at Home
I know that buying isn’t an option or appealing to everyone but it’s made me feel a lot more at home in Alexandria. We’d previously lived here for 3.5 years before buying and before that, I was living between college and Switzerland. I was moving and packing for 7+ years that it’s wonderful to live in a place where I don’t have to renew a lease.