To move or not to movePosted: September 12, 2012
Ugh, with all the house issues (falling kitchen ceiling anyone?) I’m still debating on whether to move when our lease is up. There are several pros to moving and there are several pros to staying. In the beginning the plan was to stay for at least two years-if not more. And then we talked about marriage and it became a stay here until the lease is up after we get married and then move to a bigger place—so that way I don’t have to move for a while and if we wanted to have a start a family, we’d be in the house we wanted to be in. So I figured I’d make a list and see what other people might think.
Pros to staying:
Rent is fairly cheap-I would get to save more for all funds and pay off more debt
Close to work-this is important with our car situation never being completely stable.
We know the utilities for winter and summer-excellent for future budgeting
Could start saving up for furniture/curtains/house stuff we would like (right now we make do with what we have)
Cons to staying:
House is falling down around us.
Shady landlords who do not always answer complaints (valid ones in my opinion like the fact that I don’t have a back light at all or the ceiling is caving in or that I have a leak in my kitchen sink. They swear I don’t but we’ve emptied the bucket under there a few times. And by bucket I mean it’s one of the kitty litter containers I’m reusing)
Stress about the house and having to pay the landlords money.
Might have our heat/ac break a few more times.
Pros to leaving:
Get a better house –bigger (slightly) and not falling down around us.
Wouldn’t have to move for a while
Mental health is important!
Cons to leaving:
Not entirely sure if there will be a house we both want to move into (and yes house, I dislike apartments) when our lease is up and I have to give 30 days’ notice that we will be ending the lease.
Bigger place would come with a bigger rent so less money and we’d most likely have to pay a pet deposit again.
Not a lot of places around here really let you have animals and my cat is part of our family.
Would not be able to save up for new stuff (or new to us) as fast as we would like-it’d be put of until well past the wedding.
Really it’s a draw-well, kind of. I hate this house with a passion but could put up with it for another year after our lease is up. I wouldn’t like it but if I reminded myself why we’re doing it (wedding, debt, savings) I’d be okay with it. And I know we could just move into a 1 bedroom place if need be, but I dislike moving (before I was 16 I’d changed counties/states/schools a total of 18 times just because my dad liked to move around) and the next time I move, I really want to be able to stay for a bit. This means thinking ahead to potential family starting.
Part of it will be finding the right fit for us at the right time. It sucks looking in the paper now because they have a lot of what we’re looking for in a lower price range than our maximum amount we’re willing to spend. (did you follow that last sentence?) So I stay away from the paper but once in a while, we’ll see a house for rent and it looks good from the outside so I still see them.
Any thoughts on this?