The Next Chapter
It was two years to this date that I ventured into Cambridge, MA with my sister (because I literally can't do anything without her) to sign thousands of papers before ultimately receiving the keys to my new home. I was feeling so many emotions - excitement, stress - but also a huge amount of pride and accomplishment. I was a single, working woman, buying my own home. Just me. No mom. No spouse. Just me.
Today, 2 years later, I am now 13 days away from moving out of my condo and into a new HOUSE. Of course, all those same emotions that I experienced two years ago are quickly (perhaps even more aggressively) reappearing. I think that I have been pretending that I have much more time to pack up my life, downsize things that I don't need and make the 8.2-mile move. Yet, here I am. 13 DAYS away. I think I need to pour myself a big glass of rose and bite the bullet in packing. Actually, I'll probably crack open a can of BABE Rose. Have y'all tried it yet? So, so delicious. Even better that it comes in a can because it's the perfect size for 1 with just 8.4oz. Oh, and I need to force my boyfriend to help me pack!!! I'm talking to you, DENNIS! :)
Dennis and I (and Karsen, obviously) are looking forward to our new home. It was a stressful few weeks after my condo sold in 6 days!!!!! But, we ultimately found a house that we are over the moon about. As y'all know, Karsen is a very energetic soon-to-be 2 year old, so a backyard where he could run around in was a top priority. While we have a ton of work to do to make it truly ours, the process to get there will be a fun one I'm sure.
Home ownership can be so amazing, but there's also so many not so fun things that come with it. I thought it would be fun to share with you my own pro's and con's of home ownership that I've learned the past 2 years, as well as looking ahead to my new home with Dennis and Karsen.
PRO: Let's not beat around the bush, here. Owning your own home is one of the best financial investments you can make. Homes typically increase in value, build equity and provide a nest egg for the future.
CON: Paying a mortgage.
PRO: Decorating every room with your unique, personal style.
CON: Falling in love with a piece of furniture one day and then hating it the next.
PRO: The ability to make decisions for you and what you want in terms of landscaping, painting and renovations.
CON: Having to be an adult all the time.
CON: Renovations. :)
PRO: Greater privacy.
CON: Wanting to spend more time at home because you can, but your friends still want to go out.
PRO: Tax incentives - especially for first-time buyers.
CON: Mortgages are usually higher than monthly rentals.
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Does anyone else have mixed feelings on home ownership like I do? I'd love to hear from you and any tips/recommendations you may have.