The forest was uncommonly busy this morning during our usual 6 am time slot. We passed no less than five dogs in the span of half an hour. Our hidden gem is no longer quite so hidden. I am taking this as another sign it’s time to move on.
There are just over three weeks before we need to be out of our house. To-do lists are constantly streaming through my head. We haven’t done any packing yet and we haven’t looked at the cost of renting a van. What’s more, we haven’t even found a new place to live.
Nothin’ like leaving it to the last minute, eh?
It’s not for lack of effort. Since April we have been on the rental trail. This week alone I have set up a dozen different appointments for viewings. There are plenty of places out there, that isn’t the problem. The hard part is finding one that meets all of our needs. I don’t want to move just for the sake of moving. There is no point in going through all the hassle if we’re just going to end up with what we already have. Unfortunately, that may be the direction we end up taking.
The dream of a fenced yard is proving much more elusive than I ever expected.
With all this difficulty, I start to wonder if renting should continue to be our housing strategy. Maybe it is better to start looking into buying a home instead. I have been hesitant about that route for a great many reasons, the largest being commitment. The job market isn’t fantastic. In the last year we have tossed around casual ideas about relocating to another city, potentially even another province. This idea doesn’t thrill me as I love Nova Scotia dearly, but it may become the smart thing to do. Buying a home would remove this course of action from our options list.
That being said, if we do take that terrifying step, we will be able to get all the things we are looking for in a house. We won’t have to worry about strict pet policies or relying on landlords to fix things. That dang fenced yard will finally be ours (all ours, mwahahahaha!).
But is the gain worth all the risk?
Do you own your own home? How did you make the decision? Any regrets? If you are still renting, do you ever feel the pressure to buy?