So what does a sledgehammer and a rock band have to with the joy of owning a home? Read on!
We often talk about the joys of owning your own home. If I did not believe in the happiness & benefits of owning…I would have never bought a home. I would not be selling real estate in upstate South Carolina unless I could help other to get the same satisfaction and happiness from owning a home that I have.
All I do every spare moment I have is read internet forums about real estate, housing, etc etc. And the negativity we see regarding housing is understandable for many. They may have gone blindly into a huge financial decision. It is often easier to blame others for our mistakes. We can easily point out the faults of others, but seeing our own shortcomings is often difficult.
Yesterday I got to enjoy a beautiful sunny day tearing down a barn on the back portion of my property. Sledgehammers and crowbars! Tearing stuff up is often more fun than fixing stuff! But it was well past its prime and starting to fall apart. We already have one barn, and this one was an eyesore. My land, my home, my decision. Just like deciding to move a rosebush from the front yard to the side yard several weeks ago. Our decision for our place.
So after a hard day of work, I enjoyed a tasty dinner and settled in to surf the net and watch the Sunday Night Animation Domination on FOX.
But my step son wanted to have friends over to have band practice. So I got to enjoy electric guitar, electric bass and full drum set for several hours. Not sure if this will sell more people on buying their own home, but do you think I could have let them jam for several hours if we lived in an apartment?
Or when I get the rare chance to watch some NASCAR, I could Crank It Up and listen to the glorious sounds of big horse power V8s?
Or crank my stereo up loud enough to literally knock pictures of the wall?
Could I get the joys of how great my yard looked after it was cut Saturday?
Could I spend hours talking with my wife about projects and improvements we want to do to our home and the yard? The planning, the dreaming, the what ifs only get better AFTER you find the right home.
If we get a wild hair and decide to paint the walls some hideous color we can! We can be as tacky or tasteful as we want. It is our home, our castle, our kingdom. I often hear the anti-house buying people on internet forums say this is a silly reason. Maybe it is. But many people take pride in making their home a statement of who they are, and display their tastes and a hint of their personality in their decorating choices. Sorry if a renter cannot experience the freedom I can.
If I want another cat or decide to finally adopt a dog, I can. And if I adopt, it will not be some little, must be under 30 pounds ankle biter as per the lease. No need to confer with the landlord. If/when I get a dog, it will be the biggest but cutest, meanest but most loving yet ugly sweetest mutt I can find. I will certainly get the OK from my wife but not from a landlord!
I will warn you, it can be addictive. Standing on your porch and imagining what landscaping project to do next. Or thinking about changing the carpet for hardwood or laminate floors. The trips to the home improvement center just to look at the different fixtures, ceiling fans, flooring, the list is endless. And the decision is ours.
For years I took pride in being able to fit every worldly possession in my car. If I wanted to I could pack up and move anywhere I wanted in a moments notice. Young and worry free. And responsibility free. And really nothing to show for my years of debauchery. But as is the case with many of us, I found someone I loved and wanted to have something to call our own. A place to share and grow old together in as we build years of memories.
People obsess about real estate as an investment. It is a great financial decision but…
The intangible things that cannot have a price put on them are the biggest benefits to owning a home.