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Renting A Home Or Renting To Own

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by FetchingInTheRain, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. FetchingInTheRain

    FetchingInTheRain Little Dog Premium Member

    Okay guys! I plan on moving out by december. I could definetely use some tips and opinions! First off should I rent a place or is renting to own a better option? What are the pros and cons of doing either with a bull breed? I'll have more questions as time goes on for sure. I have asked my family these questions as well but would like input from multiple sources.
     
  2. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    My personal opinion. Rent to own us the way to go with a bull breed. They get judged no matter what. If your renting you always have to answer to someone. Like walking on eggshells. And if ur neighbors are the typical bull breed "haters" they can constantly complain to the land lord.

    Again this is just my personal opinion. Sorry if it offends anyone. That's not my intention at all
     
  3. FetchingInTheRain

    FetchingInTheRain Little Dog Premium Member

    Thanks for the input steve! I was thinking the same thing. Its difficult finding a place for rent that will allow a bull breed mix let alone two or three of them!
     
  4. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    Ive never owned, only rented. The pros to renting for me are: if something breaks, etc...the landlord has to fix it. I am in a rent stabilized apartment so the rent is not that high. Of course I do not own a bully breed so for me it's a little easier.
     
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  5. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    Both have pros and cons. When I used to live in NYC it was almost impossible to find an apartment with bull breeds, including mixes. It may be different now though but I can tell you some places are still like that! For instance, my sister just got a job in Notre Dame and she found herself a wonderful rental and I was all set to go with her and visit and make sure all is well but she told me I cannot stay there because my dog will not be allowed!... :( :mad::mad::mad:
    I love the fact that usually everything is in included in the renting fee except electric. Landlord will fix things up and take care of the lawn work. But at the same time if you get a crappy scum lord you can go months without heat. What Steve said was right, if for some reason a neighbor felt your dog's bark sounded too ferocious and they make complaints to the landlord, he may not want to renew your lease because he will believe what his neighbors say because he will stereotype to save himself the trouble. (not all of course but most are like that)
    Owning is great but when something breaks it can really add up. Gas for us is a lot! Just to be moderately warm it costs us about 400.00 a month to heat up my place. You do get something small back in tax returns for owning though lol. Not much but something is better than nothing. Insurance wasn't an issue for us. Yard work can be a pain too.
    Good luck! Keep us posted! Hope everything works our for you guys!
     
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  6. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    @Capt Roxy- $400 for gas is insane. Unless maybe ur in a huge home!!! If so good for you that's awesome!!!! We are on a budget plan with PSE&G. No matter what our bill is no more than $100-120 a month. You should look into it.

    @Fetch- the only think that's expensive for us is the electric in the summer with the a/c. I like it cold in the house. However you can set the thermostat to a schedule and that helps out a lot too. It stays 73 degrees from 6am to 3pm. At 3 it goes to 70 this way it's not running all day when no one is home.
     
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  7. FetchingInTheRain

    FetchingInTheRain Little Dog Premium Member

    Thanks for the feedback guys. Im jotting all these things down so I can compare everything. I like the idea of the landlord fixing things up but at the same time i love the idea of being able to call something mine and the ability to do as i please without asking a landlord. I will definetely keep you guys posted!
     
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  8. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    Yea that's a great feeling coming home to your own place. o_O
     
  9. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    That about sums up the difference... I bought this house outright but at the end of the day I just don't like people telling me what to do in general so if that was my option, it would win lol. I can fix things to though..
     
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  10. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    Yea it helps to be handy if you have your own place. Even if not that handy you can try cuz it's your place and that how you learn. Luckily for me I am very handy.
     
  11. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I think rent to own is pretty ideal. We're currently doing a rent to own (as owner/landlords) with our house we just moved out of. We are responsible for all repairs until the term is over. So our tenants are just renting a place from us, with all extra costs being our responsibility, but once the mortgage is paid off, it's theirs. If you aren't in a position to buy at the moment, why not make your rent count towards something, right?
     
  12. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I think it helps to be handy no matter what. My husband always repaired things when we were renting because he didn't like to have a stranger in our home. Renting is kind of nice when you are first starting out because you only need to commit to a year. You never know where you might end up after the first year?
     
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  13. FetchingInTheRain

    FetchingInTheRain Little Dog Premium Member

    Im not too handy..but my dad is! ;) Im sure he would be happy to fix up the house for a discounted price if needed..hehe. Thats awesome BC, another bright side of RTO.

    Nat that is very true! It isnt as much of a commitment and anything could happen! Hrmm..
     
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  14. Kit

    Kit Good Dog

    That's crazy expensive! How large is your house?
    We rented a house before we bought ours and it took $300 for 2 months + 2 cords of wood to keep us semi warm.
    Now, we have a pellet stove and pay about $300/YEAR for heat. We're JUST now started to turn the electric heat on a couple hours a day. This weekend we'll clean the pellet stove and get it going. We go thru about a pallet of pellets a year, with a pallet being about $250. We keep the house fairly cool until we start the pellet stove, then it stays toasty warm.
     
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  15. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    I have a mother daughter set up here. It's not HUGE like a mansion but it is a full 3 level home 7 bedrooms with central air system. It is a bit too big for us but hopefully nice for when my son gets older, he can have the whole upstairs portion to just himself when he's a teen. Couple of the vents upstairs by the living room and one of the bedrooms isn't functioning properly. Planning on getting it redone or fixed soon. Couldn't do it because I had other things to get done first. Had to change the carpets, got the attic fan put in for proper ventilation and then turned it into a walk-in closet, new kitchen cabinets and counters, redid 3 bathrooms, put in another water pump.... etc. :/ That is the downfall of owning. I don't really know any handy men so the times hubbie or my father has tried to help and fix things they ended up breaking it more and costing more to get redone so no one is allowed to touch anything anymore. LOL If you know any handy people I can borrow, shoot them this way! :p I think once I get the vents redone the cost will go down? But who knows, this house gets SUPER cold in the winter. It does stay pretty cool in the summer though. Only the upstairs gets hot the lower 2 levels are fine, I only use the AC maybe 2-3 months and barely.
     
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  16. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    Shut all the vents in the rooms u don't use. It will cause the heater to not kick on as much. No need to push heat to the rooms that no one is using in you 85 bedroom house... lol
     
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  17. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    The thing is, it does get used in the winter. My family ends up staying with us for the holidays.... :( LOL as horrible as it sounds, I wish they wouldn't but I cannot turn them away! :( Maybe I should just block all the vents!!! Then maybe they won't want to stay.... *evil grin* My parents usually come stay about a month or 2 they are actually coming really soon! Then my dad tries to help and ends up breaking stuff. At least the dogs get to play all day with him though. He loves dogs, the bigger the better for him. He's super duper excited to meet his newest grand daughter.
     
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  18. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    Open them when ur guest come to ur hostel. Leave them closed when kno one is there. All the vents in my upstairs are closed in the summer. We don't really go up there. No need to keep it cool. If people are coming over I open them.
     
  19. FetchingInTheRain

    FetchingInTheRain Little Dog Premium Member

    Oh my you have a castle Roxy! I'd get lost in there! :biggrin: It'll just be me so prob a 2 bdrm or 3 bdrm would do.
     
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  20. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    @Fetch- That's smart I have a lot of friends that bought homes that is way above there means. Just cost more to maintain.
     
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