- Repairs are your own dang problem, buddy.
- Holy crap, that means you have to learn how to fix things.
- Houses typically have way more personality than apartments. (I know there are exceptions on both sides, but still...most of the apartments I've been in have been soul-sucking drab cardboard boxes.)
- Pride. You have to really want to own a house to buy a house. Which means it's a choice. Which means it's practically a part of you. Which means you want your house to face the masses with the same panache that you bring every day.
- If home-owning demonstrates pride, it means you are also giving up the wayfaring wanderlusty attitude that comes with renting. Not that you will move out when your lease is up. But you could. You could move to Paris if you wanted to. Or SoCal. Or anywhere. I'm afraid my move to Paris will have to be on hold for while, because a house means I'm here for a long time. Some might think of commitment as lame. I think of it more like an epic poem. Sure, it's the same poet for a long time, but if you pick the right person, they have a lot of good stuff to say. Just like the SK and I have plenty more conversations and private jokes to be had. My house has plenty to say.
- A renter can get by with a couch and a mattress - probably not even on a bed frame. That's totally cool when you rent, because who cares? The old stuff was too hard to lug from Paris, so you were just going to hit up Ikea at some point, but haven't had time yet. A house without furniture is just sad. Why yes, we've been living here for six months, why? Oh that...well, I tried unpacking, but nothing fits like it should, so the cardboard boxes are holding my socks. They stack better. *womp womp sad trombone sound*
- Storage Storage STORAAAAGE! (did you know that the square footage of a house does not include the basement, attic, porches or garage? So the space you actually get is used differently than is listed, as opposed to an apartment, where you are pretty much stuck with doing everything in the listed square footage. You probably knew that. I did, technically, I just never thought about it)
- A yard. With grass. And flowers. And room to play with the pup. It's absolutely amazing.
Any others you can think of?