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2 Reasons Why I Hate Being A Homeowner

4184216102_fc7c53d149_zEver since I bought my house at the ripe old age of 21 in October 2012, I’ve found myself regretting my decision to pursue homeownership every now and then.

Sure buying a house does have a lot of perks over renting, like being able to paint the walls whatever color you want. Lime green kitchen anyone? (Just kidding!) Plus as a homeowner you can have pets without having to ask for anyone’s permission, which I love. But even with all the perks of owning a home and being able to do pretty much as you please, homeownership does have some serious cons too. Here are two things I really hate about being a homeowner.

Maintenance and Repair Costs

One of the biggest nightmares I’ve run across as a homeowner is having to pay for major repairs to my home due to people having taken shortcuts in the past with maintenance. Therefore, having an emergency fund when you are homeowner is especially important.

Though the entire main floor of my home is new and the basement’s finishings are all new, there were still several big issues when I moved into my home. For example, within the first week of living here my toilet started leaking sewer water into my basement. That was definitely not a fun thing to fix!

I also discovered some major issues with how the electrical is hooked up in the basement and though I’ve taken care of the immediate safety issues, I’ve yet to completely fix the rest of the problem. Because my basement has a solid ceiling instead of drop tiles, I’ll have to rip out a major portion of the ceiling to fix the wiring problems.

Terrible Neighbors

You can have terrible neighbors no matter if you rent or buy your next home. But when you buy a home and all of your neighbors bought their homes too, it’s unlikely that you’ll be rid of your terrible neighbors anytime soon.

Stability is usually a pro of buying a house, as you have your payments locked in and won’t be subject to rent being raised by your landlord, but in this instance the stability and longevity of homeownership could be a con.

One of my next door neighbors is a guy I went to high school with. He’s a few years younger than me, but still fairly close to my age. Unfortunately the maturity level gap that is often present when you compare genders is very apparent with him. While he holds down a full-time job, he still manages to throw loud, raging parties every weekend much to the dismay of the rest of our neighborhood. Not only is the loud music and guests coming and going all night a major annoyance, his friends also park in our driveways and once had me blocked in when I was trying to leave my house to make a late night grocery store run.

Though I love homeownership for the most part, it’s like other things in life – not perfect. Sometimes I miss being a renter and having someone else on the hook for repairs and maintenance costs, and being able to pick up and move in a year if I wasn’t happy with my location or my neighbors. But overall, homeownership is still worth it to me.

 

Are you a homeowner? What are the biggest cons of homeownership that you notice? How often do you think it might be better to rent than to own?

 

 

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

16 comments

  1. I hate paying for maintenance too, but it is obviously a double-edged sword. Not paying for maintenance just makes things cost more over the long run!
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  2. I am a homeowner and what I really hate is the maintenance. That being said, I still find being a homeowner more advantageous than being a tenant.
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  3. I would have to say the ever rising taxes. It’s frustrating that they keep going up every year. The maintenance hasn’t been an issue for us, it’s more just the taxes.
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  4. We are trying to sell our house right now and it’s turning out to be more difficult than we thought. This is what I hate about it!
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  5. Ugh, I have 7,500 reasons I hate being a homeowner. That’s the dollar amount we’ve spent this year in repairs. (Of that, $4,000 was for HVAC.) I just keep reminding myself that every item that gets fixed/replaced (usually the latter) is one less thing to go wrong in the next few years.

    All that said… make it stop!!!!
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  6. Out of the 13 years I have been with my hubby, we have owned a home for 10 of those and I personally hate home ownership. We plan to live in our home until my son graduates from high school and then I would love to rent for the main reason that when things blow up, we can call someone else to fix them. 🙂 PS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
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  7. My family has rented all of their lives and so when I got married I moved into my spouse’s house. It’s been overwhelming being a home owner and your two reasons are mine too. The annoying neighbors won’t go away and you can’t up and leave once your lease is over. And, it’s been eye-opening having to save for things like pest control, carpet cleaning, repairs and maintenance. I have been so used to calling the leasing office and getting things done for free! However….it is nice having a yard and I even started gardening. Things I’ve never done before because we lived in apartments. Lots of pros and cons, but there’s no turning back now! Just praying for the best.

    • That’s exactly right – there are definitely pros and cons to homeownership. Yard work is grueling, but I do love having an attractive yard and garden where I can do as I please with the landscaping and plants.

  8. I’ve been a homeowner for 6 years and I have hated every minute of it. In my case, yes, my mortgage is cheaper than rent…whoohoo. But aside from that I will get right down to reality. The multiple types of expenses for me outpace the equity. The first type of expense is the labor…mowing, tree/shrub trimming, shoveling, snowblowing and lots of time in painting and repairs (I do my own)

    The second type expense is product cost…gas, oil, lawn mower blades, fertilizer, grass seed, paint, concrete, flooring, plumbing roofs etc..it all costs.

    The third type you never get back, namely taxes and insurance..those you can count on pretty much going up year in and year out. Now, stack this all of with the pace of your equity and it’s not even close. My situation is even worse because I have some rental houses as neighbors…who clearly just don’t give a crap. Combine that with disappearing industries and it makes homeownership uncomfortable and unpleasant for me. I can’t wait to sell or get rid of this pig because I want freedom and flexibility back in my life…along with a little bit of sanity.

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