Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The good and the bad of when your house comes with the job

Having a house come with the job can sometimes be what pushes you to take the job over another offer. It can be the best ever, or it can be a bit of a handful. Here I've written some good and bad points about having our house come with the job.

I'm not going to section these points into definite good and bad categories, as both often have both sides to them. Some might be ones that you only see if you yourself have lived in a house that comes with your job or have been a "live in" employee, but I think you'll be able to see the good and the bad sides to most of them even if you have never experienced it.

You're on call 24/7 - In the farming world, this is literally. If the animals somehow get out at 3am and you're the only person close, they're coming to get you. If the weather is cold enough to freeze the water or hot enough that their regular supply isn't enough, you're the one who has to go out and break the ice or pump more water out to the drinkers. However, this all counts as over-time.

Looking for a new job is insanely stressful - I don't actually have a good side to this one. Looking for a new job can be a sensitive subject with your employer when you house isn't attached to the job, but when it is... WOW. And then if you do get a new job, you then have to move too which is also one of the most stressful things ever.

Rent is often cheaper - Depending on who you work for and what kind of job you have you might even be lucky enough not to have to pay any rent at all! But for those of us who do, the benefit is often that you pay half of what you would normally for the property.

More freedom with the property - It's still renting, so you can still have to abide by rules and regulations if the landlord doesn't want any walls to be painted blue for example, but as it tends to be expected that you're going to be living there for a good few years minimum, some landlords will let you decorate however you want. Personally we're lucky our landlord has allowed us to use the garden as we want too, as we wouldn't be able to grow our own veggies otherwise.

You get what your given - Again, this could be really good or not so great. A detached cottage with a lovely garden, or the middle house with a tiny patio and noisy neighbors. And don't even get me started about the condition of the house itself! Our house was exactly the way the last tenant left it, so we had to do a lot of work to make it feel like our own home.

All your colleagues know where you live - This is good for emergencies but more often than not they'll come over to ask stupid questions, and depending on what kind of person they are they'll never give your privacy and personal time away from work a second thought. So make sure that you set boundaries with your employer!

Have you ever had a house come with the job? What are your pros and cons?

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