Bas here! I had some marvelous inspiration and decided to write up a quick guest blog.
Let me tell you something about my childhood. We lived in a one family home when I was born, and we moved to a new house in a new neighborhood when I was 7 years old. After that, my dad bought us some land and build a big bungalow-like house for us to live in. We lived there until my parents got divorced and my dad sold it 2 years later. It really was too big for him and he decided to move to an older house near the city center.
As of late Cyndi and myself have been reconsidering our living situation. We live in the house I bought just before me and Cyndi got together and we moved in it together. We had big plans, the house is old and we would renovate it and make it our own. However, it became evident that this house is not ours to own.
For some reason I really think it’s strange to go against my upbringing but it makes a bunch of sense. I always thought I would go and live in a bigger house every time I moved. But it’s the opposite and we’re in the market to buy an apartment instead of a house. The house is for sale in the meanwhile and we are looking for the right property and the right buyer for our home.
There are enough places that have buildings, we need more ecological solutions
There are more and more people and we take up more space. There is only one solution for this, building up. We’ve been doing this for a long time but there is a cultural thing going on in the western civilizations, appreciating beautiful big houses, which need 2 people working and money to pay for a house keeper. The problem is that living in cheaper apartments isn’t so much of a status symbol like the houses are. But you shouldn’t care what other people think of you anyways.
So why not move up and take your bike to the nearest forest in the weekend? There is more space for you there anyway. Most likely, you’ll go out with your family spending quality time on the weekends and on holidays and you do not need a big house for that anyway.
We don’t want to spend our money on our property
I have an old house needing maintenance in all kinds of ways I don’t want to or have time to spend my time on. I want to be good at what I do for a living and I want time for myself instead of painting, fixing roofs or other stuff around the house.
Apartments need paint as well, but only on the inside. The outside will be done by the people maintaining the entire property and we’ll pay our dues to make sure that’s done money wise with a monthly fee. I will have some spare time to make Greenblogging a faster website by optimizing stuff and do other things I like.
We don’t like cleaning
Cyndi could take care of a large house on her own but it’s not worth her time. We need a living room, 2 bedrooms and and office / spare room for my son and company. A place to wash up and cook would also be nice but then we have everything we desire.
Rent land you might not need
Cyndi can spend her time on raising our daughter and doing interesting stuff like writing blog posts for you or do some gardening in the garden we’re going to rent on a big gardening property in our new home town. In the Netherlands, we have a lot of pieces of land rented to an association by the government, which then rents pieces of this to private people for gardening. The beauty of that is that we’ll give it back to the organisation maintaining the property if we ever do not want to use it anymore so someone else can use it.
Well there you have it. We try to put us in everything we do, and we realized that should include our living situation. Apartments are cheaper too, so we’ll have some more money to, hopefully, go on holidays.
Well that’s it. Tweet me @BasLangenberg if you want to give some feedback or leave a comment below.