Post # 1
When you bought your house was it “perfect” or did you have to do some work to it to make it perfect? Ie: new kitchen or new bathroom?
If you had to do something to it did you do it immediately or plan to do it at some point in the furture?
Post # 3
We have to pretty much redo the entire thing. My husband’s doing all the work himself so it will take a while. I’ve had to accept and adapt to my 1960s appliances, the toilet in the living room, and the giant hole in the bathroom floor where there once was a tub. I know the patience will pay off and in about a year I’ll have a beautiful, completely redone home.
Post # 4
Ha. We redid an entire house over a 15 year period, right up until we sold it. Kids, jobs and money always get in the way!
Post # 5
Not perfect by any means. We went to work right away on some things, but there is still more that needs to be done.
Post # 6
We’re a combo of the responses. Some things, like rip out gross carpet, we did right away, before we moved our stuff in. Other things, we waited and did later or will be doing in the future -we redid the half bath and laundry room floor, did some painting, and will be redoing the kitchen eventually. Other stuff, we’ve just learned to live with. The bathrooms aren’t great, but they’re fine. Some colors and finishes aren’t our taste, but no big deal.
I figure there was no way we were going to find a house that was exactly perfect for us, so we went with one that had a lot going for it, that was in our budget and that eventually would be just right. I love our house, but it was ugly when we bought it! A lot of it still is, but it’s ours and I’m ok with it!
Post # 7
We bought our house from a hoarder and an inside smoker. The carpet was trashed so we had to go ahead and replace all the floors and we redid the bathroom before we moved in. Luckily all of our appliances were in good condition except for the stove which we replaced. We got a construction loan and had the renovations costs worked into the loan which worked well for us since we replaced all of the doors before we moved in as well.
Post # 8
We went the condo route. It was brand new and never lived in, but because we didn’t get the unit directly from the builder, the tiles/flooring/cabinets and everything else were pre-selected. Luckily they went with nice neutral choices.
We just need to put in a dining room chandelier and maybe change the lighting in the kitchen. Right now it’s fluorescent lighting 🙁
Post # 9
@MrsWishyWashy: There’s a toilet in your living room?????
Post # 10
We’ll finish the basement in the next 5-10 years and redo the first floors in hard wood, but otherwise yeah, it’s done.
Post # 11
Well, we’re a little weird in that we wanted a house that needed work, so we could make it perfect for us. But to answer your question, yes definitely renovations were needed. Some we did right away, other things will be done over the next year or two, and then we have a “wish list” of ideas we might end up doing if we’re here for 10 years or more.
To give you an idea of what we did right away (i.e. in the two months since we bought the house): Repainted all rooms, new trim in all rooms, ripped out carpet and laid hardwood in living room and hallway, tiled floors in kitchen/dining area, replaced exterior doors and locks, minor foundation repairs, new kitchen (cabinets, counters, appliances, backsplash, light fixtures…). Next year will be some work on the exterior, new carpet in two bedrooms, and updating the bathrooms…possibly also do some work on the basement.
It’s a lot of work but we enjoy it and it’s SO worth it in the end.
Post # 12
We hated 95% of the front and back yards, but 4 years later it is still untouched. Other things just kept coming up, like the hand me down washer and dryer broke, the hand me down refridgerator is on it’s last leg now, etc. And since we use those things more regularly than we hang out in our yard those came first. Isn’t home ownership wonderful!? 🙁
Post # 13
We’re also a combo of responses. DH bought the house before he met me, and right away re-did the kitchen (mainly just putting in a faux-granite counter) and painted a couple rooms, but since we’ve been together we redid a bathroom (just putting in a new counter/sink and painting,) rebuilt and painted the porch railing, and painted the other bathroom. I think there is *always* something that you can/should be doing.
We haven’t gone house-hunting together yet, but what I observe from what our friends talk about who have bought houses, a lot of people buy a house, don’t do anything with it for 10 years, then expect to be able to sell it for the same price they bought it for. Noooo…. doing things like $500-1000 of renovations a year (or a larger renovation on a different area of the house like kitchen, basement or whatever ever couple years, buying new appliances, etc,) doesn’t necessarily increase the value of your house like you think it might– it MAINTAINS the value so you can sell it when you want to!
Post # 14
We’ve done some painting but are working on saving up to redo the kitchen. So far we’ve just replaced appliances as needed.
Post # 15
@strawbabies: lol yes! I use the term living room loosely. The entire house is a construction zone right now, down to the studs. Everything except the bonus room (our makeshift living quarters), a bathroom, and part of the kitchen. It’s an adventure!
Post # 16
SO designed our house from scratch, so.. I guess I don’t apply here. It isn’t a house I personally would have chosen but I love my house and it works beautifully for us. I just would have laid it out a smidge different…. and picked a color other than brown for the interior. 😉