The Little Red Owl

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You might sense sarcasm in that title-but there is none! I LOVE renting-at least right now in my life.

If you are renting and are NOT loving it-stick with me and I’ll point out some of the benefits to focus on.

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Renting Joys:

1. You are NOT responsible for the home itself: any problems, water leaks, plumbing issues, furnace or air conditioner issues, roofing problems-someone else deals with these things. All you have to do is call and someone comes over and takes care of the problems-for free!

2. When you find yourself low on cash or looking for a lifestyle change-you can leave the home behind with no regrets or dread hanging over you-just wait for the end of your contract and head out to the next home!

3. You spend less on home decor and renovation projects because it isn’t your home. Some might see these limitations as “hard to deal with” but I believe if you have the right attitude-you will see it as a blessing.

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electric stove (1)

for example: I do not like electric stoves-if I owned the house we live in now I would replace the stove (which works great by the way) with a gas stove. Since I do not own this house-that is not in my control. BUT

– Now I know how to cook on an electric stove and the next place we move-the stove type doesn’t have to be a deal breaker on whether or not we move in.

– I am learning to be content with what I have. Do I wish the stove was gas-YES-but my electric stove cooks food and provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for my family-I have no room to complain!

– Also, by being content with what I have now-I know I can make it with an electric stove in the future-and that could save me some money! (Always a good thing.)

4. Renting a home really does teach you what you can be content with and what would be a deal breaker if/when you decide to purchase your own home.

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my bathroom (1)

for example: Husband and I live in a home with one bathroom-this is NOT a deal breaker for me. I think I could live in a home with only one bathroom for the rest of my life and not think twice about it. For some of you-I know this is crazy talk :)   To each his own.

5. No taxes, no unexpected home bills or charges, and cheaper insurance! Enough said.

If you need some encouragement on how to make your home more “homey” check out these blogs:

Jane and Ryan over at The Borrowed Abode have a blog dedicated to the joys of decorating a rental home. Check it out!

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Apartment Therapy

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Thrifty Decor Chick

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The Handmade Home

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Or of course, my home decor ideas , my tips & ideas, DIYs, tutorials, etcs.

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*This post is not meant to encourage anyone to rent or not to rent-it is simple a list to help those of us renting to see the benefits and have a good attitude about where we are in life. I am in no way saying owning or purchasing a home is a bad thing-on the contrary I think it is a wonderful thing! But this is my station as of right now and I want to encourage others :)

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4 thoughts on “The Joys of Renting…

  1. Tiffany says:

    I spy your other two Expedits ;) Love it. Great tips. I don’t enjoy renting, but there are definitely some perks!

  2. Kate says:

    I am renting and grumble about it constantly, but you make some really good points! And at the end of the day, just think how happy I will be when I buy my next house (looking constantly at the moment, just don’t know whether we are buying in England, America or Canada, so search area a bit too wide to focus….).

    Kate x
    http://www.kateathome.com

  3. Grandma says:

    I can see your point, in other words, this rental house is kind of a practice home with no worries and lots to think about. What every newly married couple should think about before making a big purchase. I like it.

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