The great thing about renting through an apartment and not owning your own home is that it simply is not yours. Now this might seem like a con for most people when you just read it, but hear me out.
Going back to my buddy with the damaged roof, the responsibility of fixing it (and fixing it right) lies solely and completely on him. That means that obviously all of the costs of repairs, replacements, and damages comes directly out of his pocket but there is even more to consider than that. Now that he is faced with basically a “broken” house, he is responsible for how he wants to repair all of the damage.
Now that you own your own house, it is up to you to decide if you want to make it a quick fix and let the next sap who buys your house deal with it, or put in some real money like a good guy and prevent this from happening again. This was the decision left with my friend and he was one of the good guys and went all out with his repairs and replacements.
This was one of the features he had installed on his house and let me tell you, it was not cheap. When you are still renting however, these kinds of decisions are non-existent because you don’t own anything! All of these hard choices and expensive options are up to your landlord and not you. If you ask me, this is a huge weight to have lifted off your shoulders and I for one embrace it.