I’ve been thinking about my medium to long term goals, and specifically how it relates to my home. My home is getting a little bit crap. The flat is a good size, in a good location, but it’s a bit rundown, mostly because my landlady, like most landlords the world over, is a little tight with money. In fact, only this week she was whinging about the cost of repairs. So it could be a while before the carpet – which is both hideous, and wearing away – is replaced.

In the long term one of my goals is to be in better control of the condition of my home. The easiest way to do this would be to buy my own home. Except that of course, buying a home is not easy. Quite apart from the fact that it’s a helluva load of money.

Home buying has been the subject of a kind of race among my colleagues at work – a race I’ve lost, as the other three in the race have in the past few weeks moved into their new houses, or at least bought them.

I also have some furniture which has seen better days. The couch cushions are starting to get enough holes in them that the not-quite-matching green patches I’ve been putting on them are starting to look rather… well, crap. Though I suspect the patches looked a bit crap all along. The kitchen table obviously needs some adjustment somewhere (possibly with a large axe) as it wobbles.

But should I upgrade all my furniture before buying a house? Should I wait, so I can buy furniture that better suits the house I might eventually buy? If I wait, I have to put up with crap furniture in the meantime. Or perhaps there is a temporary solution involving new cushion covers and (non-axe) adjustment of the table.

And if I do go for a wholesale upgrade of crappy stuff to non-crappy stuff, would it cost so much money that it would delay the house?

Taxing questions indeed. Maybe it’s a good time to check my bank balance.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.