I have a confession. I’m not really interested in owning a home.
I know it’s the American Dream and a step that defines adulthood. I know it means we could replace our ugly brass chandeliers with something we like. But I’m just not that interested.
Being in a rental makes me quite happy. Here are a few reasons why:
Rental living feels lighter
I think it’s the minimalist in me. I love the feeling of living lightly, feeling nimble and free. In our apartment, we’ve put down roots but are ready and able to move at any time.
Rentals are often well loved
If I scratch the paint bringing my bike inside our rental apartment, I don’t worry too much. But if it were a home that we had just spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on, and that I knew we’d want to sell at some point, I would feel seriously guilty every time I did something to mess it up.
With a rental, we have money to spend on experiences
Especially here in the Bay Area, buying a house is an incredible expense. Even if we could one day afford it, I don’t want to have so much of our life savings tied up in a home that we can’t do things we would normally like to do.
I love my hobbies, and they don’t include DIY projects
I have many hobbies, but DIY is not one of them. There are many ways I’d rather spend a weekend than at Home Depot.
Having a good landlord is like having a security blanket
We almost never call our landlord, but it’s so nice to know that we could if something major were to break. It would be hard to give that up.
Would you be happier owning or renting? Have you ever owned a home? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share below.