Last week, I shared the news that we’re selling our house, and moving to St. Pete, along with some of the reasons why.
I added, “There’s another big reason we’re moving but I’ll wait until next week to tell you that.”
Here it is.
We are DONE being homeowners. Pool maintenance, yard maintenance, home maintenance and repairs. It’s a never-ending financial drain. This is the third home we’ve owned and, after interest, improvements, and repairs, we’ve lost money on every single one. LOTS of it.
So, we’re going to become renters. No more yard and pool maintenance and, when something breaks, we can just call someone to come fix it. We don’t have to whip out the checkbook and pay hundreds to thousands. Yes, I realize we won’t be able to write the “rent” off our taxes but those tax write-offs never came close to the amount of money we threw into the homes to try to increase their value. When we sell our home this year, we’re going to have a huge tax write-off for all the improvements we made, which didn’t increase the value much at all.
We briefly considered renting when we moved to Florida but I really wanted our “own” home that we could do whatever wanted to, when we wanted. I no longer care. I usually like surprises but a leaky sink, a broken washing machine or a dead pool pump are not the things I like to wake up to in the morning. We’ve replaced every major item in the house, from the roof to the appliances, to all the windows and doors. We even had one entire wall demolished and rebuilt. All the electrical was replaced. The attic was insulated, the entire house painted inside and out, as well as stucco’d on the outside. I could go on and on and on. And, the house is still worth just a fraction more than what we paid for it. Very depressing.
Our daughter and son-in-law just bought their first home. I hope they have more luck than we did. Our oldest son and his fiance are home shopping, despite our tale of woe. Owning a home in America is the American dream…but I honestly have no idea why.
THIS WEEK’S MASONISM
Mason is turning 10 next month, and is starting to show an interest in girls. Last week, I almost fell out of my chair when he said, “Is there such a thing as a clothing optional waterpark?”
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