Are you owning or renting?

Your Castle, Your Rules, & Your Landlord

I personally have a wall that I would like to knock out. I want to do it with a hammer, and I want to make a huge mess. Dust everywhere. And I want attractive, screaming party people to watch, and loud music to play in the background. Something awesome and tough, and I would smash this wall down with just three or four blows from my mighty hammer.
My place would be so much better without that particular wall, but my landlord would get angry at not having a kitchen in here anymore.

ManCaves don’t necessarily have a kitchen, but that’s not an explanation. Not even close. Maybe a barbecue.

The sad, sad truth is that when you rent your home, there might be some things you want to do, but can’t. You might like to remove all of the doors and replace them with bead curtains. You might like to build a hamster run that goes through the whole house, or a moat. Or a door for your car so that you can park it in the living room.

Should you buy your own home?

Most of us don’t have a very exciting home. By that, I mean that your home probably doesn’t look like a lair or a playhouse. It looks like a home. But what you do with your home and how you enjoy it (or modify it) has a lot to do with whether or not you actually own it.

After all, a home is more than just a giant box for your stuff. There is a lot of yourself, and your family in it, and how it looks and feels inside and out has a lot to do with the quality of your life.

When you modify your home or move to a new home, what you are actually doing is telling the world, “Hey! I want more out of life… I work hard, and I deserve more!” – and hopefully the wind gods or whatever will listen.

Then you will pay for it. You will pay dearly. Because for your lender, you are just buying a big box for putting your stuff in, and they don’t care about what color it is or how cool that Terminator 2 poster looks on your wall over your television.

Smashing a wall.

I might just buy a home so I can pick up a hammer and smash walls willy-nilly, but that’s just me. I want to modify a structure until it’s practically falling down. Since my landlord is never going to allow that, I think I’ll hold off on buying that giant steel hammer until I find the perfect place.

My ManCave isn’t perfect yet, because I can’t install a fire pit. I can’t do a lot of things that might violate any number of building codes or cause me to be evicted.

Until I find that perfect place…


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