Good Questions: Pay More for Freedom?

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Hello AT,

I am renting a perfectly good apartment. The downsides? I can’t paint it, nor can I have pets. I’m also an animal lover, so both are real issues for me.

I have the opportunity to rent a nice apartment in the same area for approximately $200/month more. I can afford it, but only by sacrificing the opportunity to build savings.

As design gurus and animal lovers, I turn to you. Do I go for it and rent the place I can decorate to my heart’s content, which I can truly make mine? Or do I stay put, sock away my savings, and be blinded by my “tenement white” walls?


Molly, we totally apologize for taking so long to get to your question and hope this helps. YES, YES, pay more for a home you can call your own (assuming all other things are equal and $200 a month is not a huge portion of your rent). Otherwise, paint anyway and risk getting in trouble (wait on the pet) or keep looking until you find something for the same price…. MGR