You were planning on buying a house next summer, but in a recent discussion have considered that two more years of careful saving would make buying a house the summer AFTER next an amazingly easy thing to do (with a heftier amount of savings left over, instead of buying next summer and having smaller savings)…
But you currently HATE your three bedroom apartment and would really enjoy living somewhere with a kitchen that actually makes sense–like, enough cooking space, so you don’t end up using the stovetop as a workspace–and enough food and appliance storage space, so your laundry room doesn’t double as a makeshift pantry and area for storing cookery stuff; a dining room that doesn’t flood in heavy rainstorms (supposedly getting fixed) and a layout that doesn’t maximize space (just under 1200 sq ft but the usable space is not nearly that much). Plus, we don’t have a yard–just a small patio–for dd to play in, and we might be able to find something that would allow for playing outside at home instead of going to the park every time she wants to play. Also, rent has gone up 10% since we moved here two years ago. We might recoup moving costs by finding a slightly less expensive place but similar square footage.
Move to a different apartment now.
Just stay where you are at: saving the cost of moving, choosing a new place, the risk of not liking it for different reasons and the hassle of packing and unpacking–but dealing with the above frustrations, especially the kitchen problem.
Wait and see next summer if you are going to end up buying or waiting one more year–and THEN move to a different apartment if buying doesn’t happen at that time (even though you fear that hubby will, ahem, say it’s pointless to move and then move again in a year).
Most likely–we are buying next year, because we really, really are tired of renting and throwing money away and also because it would be most comfortable/ideal for our family. But, having discussed the possibility of waiting an extra year has thrown my tolerance level for this apartment into a tailspin. I just don’t know if I can deal with this horrible kitchen (the worst part of it, for me) another two years!
The other caveat in all of this is that we haven’t decided which side of the state line we want to ultimately buy a house in yet, so moving to an apartment on the other side would give us a taste for that. But, we both feel kind of compelled to stay on this side, so ultimately that probably wouldn’t happen anyway. But it’s another ‘thing’ knocking around in my head to consider.
I’d rather have responses instead of just a vote, so I’m not making a poll.