Saturday, April 3, 2010

10 Things I Don't Miss About Condo-Living (and Renting)

I have been a home owner for only 4 weeks...and one of those weeks has been spent back in condo-living conditions. Kevin and I are in Tucson, Arizon for another temporary job assignment for Kevin's work. He's here for 6 weeks, Anslie and I are visiting for a little over two.

Anyway, in the three short weeks that I have lived in our new, single family home, it is amazing how quickly I have become accustomed to living that way. Let me explain:

10 Things I don't miss about condo-living (and renting)

10. Hearing people walk through the halls of the complex or even by my front door at all hours, talking and laughing without concern for anyone else's schedule.

9. The smell of my neighbors cooking dinner mixed with my own. Sometimes the scents just don't mix!

8. Being able to track my upstairs neighbor's schedule because I can hear their alarm go off in the morning, hear their shower running, hear them opening and shutting closet and dresser drawers, hear them stomping around the house as they get ready for work, and then listening to it all over again when they come home at the end of the day.

7. Wondering if my upstairs neighbors are elephants and my next door neighbors have never heard of water conservation.

6. My eye constantly being drawn to my window as people walk right by it throughout the day and night.

5. Gardeners and other maintenance crew working at whatever hours are convenient for them, regardless of the time of the morning or whether or not their raking the gravel outside the bedroom window that my child is trying to take a nap in, will wake her up.

4. Having to take the dog for a walk 3+ times per day because we don't have a yard to send her out in to do her business.

3. The fact that condos are generally MUCH, MUCH smaller than a house. It makes storage, entertainment, and clutter a much, much bigger issue.

2. Hearing noises from outside and surrounding apartments and wondering if someone has broken into my house because it sounds like they are in my living room.

1. Constantly hearing toilets flushing over and over again. My neighbors are very regular people!

Sorry, no pictures at this time.:( Wouldn't that be awesome if I had some to accompany this post?!

Needless to say, I am very happy to own my own that has a yard and doesn't share any walls or floors with anyone else. It's really nice not having to worry about someone or something disturbing my family because we are literally living on top of each other, and to be able to distinguish one sound from another in my own home because I can recognize their familiarity.

 I do have to admit, though, I love having a pool available to me at all times :)

1 comment:

Tera said...

I can totally agree with all of the reasons you listed as to why owning a home is better than renting. Another one that always bothered me was the landlords right to enter you apartment. I like leaving my home and knowing that no one will be in it while I am gone and that everything will be exactly as it was when I left.

I HATED hearing people walk above me. And I am sure, as we were living in an apartment with 2 small children, while we waited for this house to be built, the people below us hated having us there too!