In November, when it started getting chilly, my husband and I decided to turn on the heat.
Our vents blew a lot of lukewarm air into our apartment, then the “heat” shut off and wouldn’t start again.
I called the rental office and they sent a maintenance worker to see what was wrong with the heat. They were in and out of our apartment for the next three days replacing parts of our old furnace until they decided we needed a new furnace.
Our nice landlords got us an awesome energy-efficient furnace. How much did it cost my husband and I? Nothing.
My parents have extolled the virtues of home ownership to me time and again. I can “build equity.” I can have a big yard. I can have a bigger kitchen. My mortgage payments will be less than what I’m paying in rent (though I’ll still have to pay real-estate taxes, school taxes, water, trash, and sewer costs…)
But when something breaks in my apartment, I’m so glad I rent. A furnace these days costs more than $2,000. To pay someone to come in and install it for me would be another expense. As a married 23-year-old with student loans and a car payment, I’m glad that’s a cost I won’t have to stomach.
The only disappointment about renting is not being able to paint the walls. I think I can live with that.