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Thread: A question for those of you who are single and own your home...

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    Senior Member Butterfli19's Avatar
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    Does it ever get to you? Do you ever want to chuck it all and rent?

    I put my house on the market a few months ago but now that all these strangers are poking around here and there I'm not so sure I want to sell. I've looked at about 50 houses (on-line) and other than one in a flood zone which I won't buy, there is nothing I like except mine.

    Why do you still own? Why keeps you staying there? How do you keep up with repairs?

    I might be looking to borrow some of your reasons for putting on a pair of overalls and learning how to fix things myself. That and sit my fanny on the sewing machine chair and make some more things to sell. ;)

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    I still own my own home.
    1. No one can tell me how to decorate, what color to paint, or what my floors have to be.
    2. It's much cheaper than rent. (Mine is finally paid for)
    3. Taxes and insurance are cheaper than rent.
    4. Yard and gardening are another of my passions and no one can tell me not to put up a flag, plant 'only', or anything else.

    Repairs are a pain. What I can't do on my own I have a friend (worked for my husband on the fire department) that will come work on things that are beyond my son or me.

    Some of these days I will likely be to old to live alone but right now I'm ready to have my house and I'm still able to live in it. Independence is my motto.

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    I live in the south-west....by choice, as I like to own...thus a mobile home....I could have bought land in a park...or rent a space-as I do.....My unit is 14x65..2 bedrooms{one is my sewing room}..2 baths.....a big living room & a big kitchen with room for dining room at one end....I have a carport, also a patio covered & screened in the length of the unit...great out door space. A small park 125 units......a clubhouse & pool....sure there are ongoing expenses, but I have to only keep my unit up, but other maintance is some elses worry. thats my way to live indepent-on a fixed income.

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    I own my home. I wouldn't move for anything. I have a friend who helps with repairs. Sometimes the upkeep is a pain, but having my own place is worth it all.

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    Home Depot, Lowes, etc... Have excellent staff that will help walk you through repairs, as well as some great books available. There is not a whole lot that I cannot do myself, including most wiring and plumbing. It is more intimidating sounding to repair a toilet than what it really is :wink: I would not reccommend doing much electrical if you have no knowledge, but most everything else is a matter of steps, just like quilting :D:D:D

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    I own my home. Well, me and rhe bank! Maintenance is a pain because I don't have anyone who will do what I want at a price I like! But I can do what I want within the law, and I have freedom to plant what I like, and paint as I like, inside and out. I like where I live. I am in a neighborhood, am close to my church, have room for my sewing stuff, and my critters. And yes there are times I want to chuck it all, but when I was seriously considering it a couple years ago, I really would have had to give up much more than I am willing to do, at this time. When I HAVE to make a change, I will, but not until then.

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    I own my own home and wouldn't have it any other way. I can not see paying money to someone when I could be paying a mortgage. I also don't believe in paying interest, I feel it is throwing money away. I use credit cards but when the bill come I pay the entire balance, except if there is an emergeny and I had to use it then it might that a month or 2 to pay it all but never more then that. Oh and I am not a woman of means I just know how to handle money very well.

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    You are all helping so much. Thank you.

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    i am not single with a home, but married. i have fixed all sorts of things in my house by myself.
    DIY is a great site to learn. i fixed my washer, and the ceiling fan chain got jammed and i fixed that too!
    my DH complained that i went in the garage and got into his tools, i i bought a whole set of electric and battery operated tools on QVC..they are all mine! (and not pink!)

    the great thing about google, is you can post it in a question form.."washer quit agitating" and it will bring up all sorts of links, and message boards. with pictures for your brand!
    don't give up..i would not give up my home,if something happened to the DH..i like the garden to much.. I cut the grass and shovel the snow too.

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    I own a home,I would prefer a condo where I didn't have to do lawn work,but our front yard and now the back yard is all rock(yeah),it was all dirt before.and we live in the desert and wont lay grass takes to much water,trying to be enviromently responisble.but anything other little things that come up I ask my brothers or dad,and there is my daughters; boyfriend to do if possible if not gotta pay a repairman

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