Rent or buy? We rent, not by choice, but by coincidence. We moved to Henderson, Nevada about 6 years ago. At the time we weren’t sure if the job would work out or if we would like living in Henderson so for several reasons including: the market and a free place to stay with in-laws was offered we decided to keep our home in South Jordan, Utah and rent it out. When we purchased the home 4 short years earlier we were thrilled to grow old in the home and have our grand children return to visit. The move to Henderson was not what we had planned. For all intents and purposes it worked out perfectly. We have since moved out of our in-laws and have been renting for almost 4 years. We love the neighborhood we are in. We love Henderson and the people we have met. The home fits our needs, but we wanted a place to call our own.
We debated selling our place in Utah for a long time. We made a profit each month, but we were losing money renting, but we love where we live, but we would like a place that fits our needs better, the kids are happy, we are happy, but some extra cash would lighten some burdens. A few small dilemma’s that truly don’t matter in the grand scheme of things but it brought us to selling our home.
The renters lease was up so we moved forward with preparing the house to sell. The market was hot in Utah when renovations started. Homes weren’t sitting on the market long. We timed the renovations perfectly around the kids Spring Break so I could spend a couple weeks in Utah working on the home. We slept at the house with blow up mats, no television, no chairs and minimal food in the fridge. We would paint all day and into the night taking breaks rarely to eat and sleep. The kids learned how to paint, change light bulbs and clean. It was a great learning experience for all of us to come together as a family on a project like this. Memories to last a lifetime!
All of the repairs that my husband and I could do were finished in about a month. A crack in the basement floor needed to be sealed and then brand new carpet to be installed throughout the home. We returned to Henderson with high hopes of a quick sell and a new family to love the home as much as we did and to start a new chapter in our own life.
When the home was finally listed we were excited! We had worked so hard, the home looked phenomenal! It was restored to our beautiful home with my finish work and color choices. I wanted to move in! But my heart wasn’t there it was back in Nevada.
Back home we prayed every morning and every night, as a family and individually, for a family to find our home and buy it. Each week we had families walk through the home. Everybody thought the home was beautiful but no offers were made. Weeks and then months passed with this same activity. The market in Utah shifted becoming a buyers market with months worth of inventory on the market forcing sellers to lower prices. We were in the position that we would lose the home if it didn’t sell soon, so we dropped our price to rock bottom. Still nothing!
What now? My heart ached for all the work and money put into the home to fix it up for a quick sale. If we were going to just rent it again things would have been done differently.
On Monday I listed the home for rent on KSL and by the next day we had 5 showings along with multiple calls. By the day after that the home was rented. We were saved?
It’s funny how life works out sometimes. We make the best decisions we can with the choices placed before us. We move forward working towards the goal never doubting what will happen. Sometimes, life doesn’t work out the way we pictured. Probably more often then not. But how boring would life be if it did. If there wasn’t opposition or challenges, if everything worked out the way we plan, where would the satisfaction lie without the fight? The strong will keep trying, will keep acting and will continue the faith that everything will work out, because sometimes it does and that time might be today.