After renting apartments for the last decade, I was ready to finally own a home.
- It seemed like I was throwing away good money that could be used for a mortgage payment instead.
Some people hate the idea of a mortgage, but once it is paid off you are left with a home and property that is 100% yours. You could rent for 30 years and all of that money might as well be burnt in the backyard. Even though I’m only 35, I saw the truth in that. However, my home search has been relentless. I look at properties in my price range but they’re in terrible shape. Despite wanting a house, I started looking at similarly priced condominiums just to keep my options open. I looked at a potential condo yesterday that was on the second floor. There’s nothing implicitly wrong with this, despite the fact that the stairwell going up to the unit had no railing whatsoever. I have fallen down stairs in the past due to a lack of safety railing along the sides. It seems obvious that you would need railing to prevent your residents from suffering critical injuries. I looked at one property that had safety railing going up the stairs, but it hadn’t been repaired in decades and it moved freely if you tried to grab onto it. In a situation like this, you might as well have no stair railing whatsoever. If I can’t find a good house that fits my budget, I’m sure as hell not going to buy a condo that is this far below my minimal standards. I’d rather save my money and get something nicer.