Should You Rent Or Buy? – Why I’m Excited To Rent

Should You Rent Or BuyWe are currently in the process of settling into our new home in Fruita, Colorado. This move came quickly and we are enjoying our new home so far.

Ever since I announced that we are renting our current home, I have received many questions. Some for some reason have given me flack for deciding to rent, whereas others understand why we made this decision.

While we loved owning our last home and there were many positives, owning this time around would be a huge hassle.

I believe there are positives and negatives when trying to decide whether to rent or buy a house, and our reasons for renting this time around clearly outweigh buying.

Below are the many reasons for why I’m excited to rent a home. Hopefully the below will help you decide whether you should rent or buy a house as well if you are stuck in a similar situation. [Read more…]

Should We Keep Our House Or Sell It?

Should I rent or sell my house? Pros and Cons

Over the past few weeks, we have been going back and forth about what we want to do with the home we currently own in Missouri.

I realize I say this all the time about everything in my life, but I am an extremely indecisive person.

This decision has been a difficult one so far, and we are still leaning either way depending on the day.

There are many reasons for why we are undecided about what to do next as well. So, what should I do? Should I rent or sell my house?

Below are some of the reasons for why we keep going back and forth about whether we should rent or sell our house:

 

We love our house again.

We’ve been fixing it up and have been slowly falling back in love with it. I know, this isn’t a good enough of a reason to keep a house and it seems like we are just coming up with excuses to keep it. [Read more…]

We’re Moving To Fruita, Colorado! And My Moving Bucket List

We’re Moving To Fruita, Colorado! And My Moving Bucket List Fruita HouseWe are moving to Fruita, Colorado! Fruita is a small town near the town of Grand Junction (which is small as well), on the western side of Colorado.

Even though we came across many Craigslist scams, we found one house that we absolutely loved. We loved the location, the house was nice (the picture in this post is of the house we are renting), and it was below our budget.

We had everything pretty much riding on this one house though. We didn’t find anything else in the area that we liked and rentals seemed to go very fast in this small county.

We were nervous, but submitted an application and were accepted just a few days later.

The rental house is $1,400 per month, which is more than what we pay for the house we currently own. However, I’m still happy with this amount as our budget was $2,000 per month, which was an amount that I didn’t want to really reach.

Some of you may be wondering why we chose Fruita of all places in Colorado. It wasn’t even on our radar until recently, so I’ve never talked about this small town on my blog until today. [Read more…]

We’re Selling Our Home And Moving Into A Rental House

We're Selling Our Home And Moving Into A Rental HouseToday, I am posting an update on our decision to move and our plans for the next several months. 

I know I have been all over the place lately when it comes to what 2015 will hold for us. I think we finally have our plan down though!

We have decided that we will be putting our home on the market in the next few months and moving into a rental house somewhere in Colorado.

We have also decided that we are going to put our home buying process on hold so that we don’t feel as rushed trying to determine where we want to buy our next house (since the towns in Colorado that we like are between 14 and 20 hours away). This will be better for us because we can hopefully then move around in case we do not like the town that we originally move to.

Our plan is to find and move into a rental house in Colorado before we put our house on the market. That way we can be completely out of our current home so that it can be clean and dog free for when potential home buyers come and look at it.

This means that we need to find a rental soon. [Read more…]

My Decluttering Mission – I’m a Closet Slob

How To Declutter Your Closet - My Decluttering TipsMy closet is a disaster zone.

That is why one of my goals for January of 2015 is to declutter my closet.

It is a scary thing to see right now. Currently, I slam the door shut whenever Wes is about to walk past my closet, as I know he will be absolutely horrified if he were to take a look into my closet. In case you are wondering, my closet is not in our bedroom, it’s in the hallway as our house has a weird large closet in the middle of the house.

I want to declutter my closet for many reasons.

One, we plan on putting our home on the market in a couple of months, and no sane home buyer is going to walk into my closet and want to buy this house.

Two, when we eventually do move, I don’t want to deal with this mess and be forced to bring it all with us. Instead, I want to have the least amount of things possible in order to make the move a little easier.

Below are some of the things I plan on doing in order to successfully declutter my closet. If you are wanting to learn how to declutter your closet as well, I recommend you read the rest of this post and take part in my decluttering challenge! [Read more…]

How To Not Break Your Budget When Mattress Shopping – ZZZ Sleep Products Review

How To Not Break Your Budget When Mattress Shopping - How To Pick A Mattress - ZZZ Sleep Products ReviewWhen we bought our home together a little over 5 years ago, we were on a strict budget. We bought our home when we were just 20 years old, so we didn’t exactly have a lot of money to spend on furnishing our home.

One thing we decided was to buy a new mattress and box spring. We ended up finding one and it was the cheapest mattress set we could find at the store. We made several mistakes with that purchase, and we ended up buying a mattress and box spring for around $400.

We thought that was expensive and that the purchase of a mattress wasn’t a big deal. So we went the cheap, basic mattress/box spring route and just chose the cheapest one we could find at the furniture store.

BOY was that a mistake. We often complained about our backs hurting, we never felt like we got a good night’s sleep, and occasionally we felt like the mattress was jabbing our sides. [Read more…]