It's common for people to rent an apartment the first time they move away from home. Whether you get an apartment on your own, with some friends, or with a significant other, there are lots of benefits to this living arrangement. However, over time, you may grow to be frustrated with certain things related to apartment living. This doesn't necessarily mean that you should switch apartments, get rid of your roommates, or try other such measures — instead, it may be time to start shopping for a house to buy. Here are some apartment-related frustrations that you can fix by buying a house.
Wasting Money On Rent
While the money you spend on rent may not be "wasted" in the full sense of the term, it's true that it's not going toward anything that benefits you. While your rent does indeed give you a roof over your head, many people grow frustrated with spending money each month without having anything to show for it in the long term. This isn't the case with buying a house. Your mortgage payments will take the place of your rent payments, and eventually lead to you owning the house outright.
Another frustrating thing about living in an apartment is that you'll normally have to follow a long list of rules that you may not agree with. For example, you often cannot paint your unit or perform any desired upgrades, which can be prohibitive. Additionally, there may be rules about parking, such as whenever you have an overnight guest, you need to obtain a special parking permit to avoid his or her vehicle getting ticketed. You can bid farewell to these rules upon buying your own house — you can renovate it how you like and have people park in your driveway without a hassle.
Close Quarters With Neighbors
Not every apartment resident appreciates having so many close-quarters neighbors. If you're the solitary type, you might bristle at seeing people in the hallways, lobby, and elevator and having to make small talk. In other cases, neighbors in adjacent units who are noisy or cook potent-smelling foods can also make you quickly tire of apartment living. Although you'll still presumably have neighbors upon buying a house, you'll appreciate that you won't be sharing common areas with them and that their behavior won't impact you much. When you're ready to begin shopping for a house to buy, contact a local real estate agent.