Home improvement: What's on your list?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
4587 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

New roof, de-lead foundation, kitchen remodel, new windows. And we can’t afford to do any of it.

Post # 5
10838 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We knew we had some work to do but 7 years after moving in we’ve still got stuff to do.

  1. Paint stairway
  2. Paint upstairs landing
  3. Gut and decorate what will be the study room
  4. Finish the utility room

Post # 6
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My FI just moved in to our house 2 weeks ago.  We just made a list of the things we want to do, the “to do list” grows pretty quickly.


On our list:

– replace 2 windows (the previous owners changed all of the windows except the 2 larger ones)

– replace the window in the stairway with the crack

– fix the minor crack in the foundation

– purchase new chairs for our dining room table

– purchase new living room furniture for our rec room


We had finish the fence on our list but our friend helped us build the missing part of the fence in our backyard.  Smile

Post # 7
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We only have a few minor things:

– Replace a few bricks in the stairs

– Need new chaulk in shower

Post # 8
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@leenh78:  re: cheaper materials, sometimes people just can’t afford the nicer stuff even though it’s a better investment…

We had the opposite experience as you… bought the house with a bunch of grand plans of what to do, and now it’s like “Actually maybe it’s fine the way it is.”  Busy and kinda broke = the house is good enough!

But our list that we do need to do soon includes:

– paint a couple accent walls in the den, paint the hallway

– put in flooring trim through most of the house

– extend the wood laminate flooring into the kitchen

– redo the bathroom linoleum

– redo all the siding on the exterior (yikes)

– replace several light fixtures

– rip out some of the front lawn and put in xeroscaping

Post # 9
896 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@leenh78:  We bought our house not for it looked like (we pretty much hated everything) but for the potential it has: super open, water view, pool, spa… We love it!  

So far, we have replaced all doors and windows with impact doors and windows, we installed a tongue and groove ceiling in the backyard, painted the outside of the house, re-did the diamond-brite in the pool and in-ground spa, painted and decorated the outdoor patio, installed new side gates, and are having landscaping and a pavers driveway installed this month (we have owned the house for 8 months).  


What we still need to do:  

1. new floors throughout the house (estimated at at least 10k) 

2.  New kitchen (stimated at no less than 20k) 

3.  New bathrooms (10k for master; 5K for guest).  

4.  minor structural changes (take down a non-support wall, and level the dining room floor) 

5.  Replace existing furniture (20-30k?)  

My goal is to be done by the end of 2015…. 

Post # 10
1666 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@leenh78:  We’re just moving in now, but we do have a list of things to change or update in the next few years:

1. Air Conditioner –  our unit is about 10 years old and is much smaller than the ones for the other units (SO bought a condo). It doesn’t work as well as it should, but we won’t be changing this until next year since summer is almost over.

2. Putting deadbolts on the doors – For basic security purposes.

3. Security System – SO wants this. He says it would make him feel more comfortable knowing theres something in place if I’m home alone while he’s traveling for business.

4. Flooring – Eventually we want to replace this. We’d probably start with the main floor. We’d do wood laminate floors for the living room into the kitchen and might do tile or linoleum for the bathroom. At some point we would do the same for the upstairs bath and replace the carpeting for the bedrooms and hall.

5. Kitchen – Everything seems in good condition here so far (thank God!) In a few years we do want to upgrade the appliances and replace the countertops with granite (or something that looks similar).

6. Washer and Dryer – These both came with the place. The washer seems to work ok, but the ON knob on the Dryer broke off. SO was able to get the Dryer to work by using a pair of pliers though (with rubber on it), so we should be able to hold onto these for a while.

7. Bathrooms – At some point we would like to put in new countertops for the bathrooms, but it isn’t really a must do kind of thing. We may also want to switch out toilets and the shower as well, but if they work and are clean that’s all that counts.

Thats all I can think of at the moment. It makes me feel way better knowing that we don’t have to do all of this immediately because everything is in relatively good condition (now that its clean!) We also lucked out because the place seems to be pretty solid structurally. And anything on the outside is the HOA’s responsibility.

Post # 11
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We bought it 2 years ago, when it was 4-5 years old. so everything is pretty modern and doesn’t need much updating. I’ve repainted most of the rooms in colors that we like, and eventually I’d like to do the entire main floor in wide plank hardwood (right now just the kitchen/dining is wood and the rest is carpet except the bathroom/laundry which is tile). And we’ll eventually replace the carpet upstairs as it gets worn. The basement is unfinished so we might develop that in 5-10 years. We don’t need it though.

Last weekend we did this TV shelf built-in… 

Post # 12
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Pretty boring over here…

I want to paint these (light blue I think, maybe marble effect), and cover the boring white fabric dining room pendant light with new fabric since it’s also just plain white. 

I need a funky clock for that bare wall too! 



Post # 13
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Pretty boring over here…

I want to paint these (light blue I think, maybe marble effect), and cover the boring white fabric dining room pendant light with new fabric since it’s also just plain white. 

I need a funky clock for that bare wall too! 



Post # 14
1163 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

So much!  Even though our house is only 12 years old, the previous owners didn’t seem to do much maintenance so we had to paint everything before we moved in in December (it’s a 2,000 sq ft house), but we still need to do the bedrooms and bathrooms.  We also did all the carpet before we moved in.  The big things that still need to be done:

– Replacing all the fencing, but we are starting with 150 ft this summer.  By we I mean my DH, dad, and BIL.  

– Painting the exterior.  Again, the previous owners never did it so it’s 12 year old contractor-quality paint.  That will be next summer

– Our lot is probablya 1/4 acre and both the front and backyards need tons of work.  The front shouldn’t be too bad, but the back will be a huge, costly project.  DH wants to do that next summer also, but I doubt we will be able to afford exterior paint and that (plus, a baby coming in March)

Those are the major things at the top of the list, but we also want to do some things like replace bathroom and kitchen counters and bathroom floors to make resale better.  We don’t want to stay in this house more than 5 years and will need to make some money on it to get a house in our ideal location.

Post # 15
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Our house is 4 years old, but the previous owners didn’t like the way one of the main support beams looked… and TOOK IT OUT! It wasn’t caught by our home inspector, so now we have all sorts of issues to look after, so lots of home improvements happening in our house. After this is resolved, granite countertops are first on my list.

Post # 16
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Lol, I’ve never been fortunate to move into a house that was NEW and live in ready… have alway owned pre-owned houses

(My dream is win the Lottery and have a house built from scratch up to my specs)

So for over 30+ years, there has always been a home reno in process, or one in the ongoing day-dream file.

I now live in the house that Mr TTR had when we met.  It was built in the early 1980s.  It has had basic maintenance done over the years, but it now due for a MAJOR overhaul.

Prior to dating Mr TTR he had a back patio put in (interlock)… a New Roof done, and New Energy Windows throughout.  He also painted some of the major rooms at the front of the house… Foyer, Kitchen, Dining Room, and Main Hall.  And had hardwood installed in the Kitchen & Hall.  And he “fixed up” the Kitchen and Bathroom with new paint and ceramics.

Since we’ve been together (2007) the house has… had the hardwood continued throughout the Main Floor (Living Room & Dining Room).  We’ve painted the Living Room, and 2 Bedrooms.  Improved our Closet Systems (lol, a girl has more stuff than a boy overall).  And had the driveway dug up and repaved.  Worked on the landscaping, and patio area, purchased a new Gazebo and BBQ.  Indoors… bought a new Washer & Dryer, as well as some furniture for the LR.

The TO DO LIST is long… as we decided last year when we got Engaged (ok well he decided more than I did) that we’d stay in this house a while longer vs move right now… if we move in the future, it will be after we retire fully.


Finish Reno of Laundry Room… New Sink, Cabinet Makeover, Paint Job = $ 1 K MAXIMUM

New Siding & Eavestrough = Est $ 10 K

Reno the Kitchen (right back to the drywall)… Cabinets, Countertop, Backsplash.  Plus New Appliances = Est $ 25 K MINIMUM

Extend the Interlock Patio, maybe put in a Purgola Roof / Trellis in this part of the yard, or finally buy the Hot-tub we’ve always dreamed about = ???

Possible Reno of the Main Bathroom (right back to the drywall)… and change the whole configuration / knock out a wall, making the room bigger (stealing slightly from the MBedroom) = ???

And then, changing the MBedroom Closet area cause of the Bathroom Reno.  We’d lose the dedicated Ensuite Door from the MB into the Bath… BUT we’d be able to change that area into a walk in closet vs 2 not so great reach in closets that now sit facing each other across a small hallway. = ???

Honestly… the last 4 scare the crap out of me… the $ 25 K earred for the Kitchen Reno is probably chump-change in the scheme of the rest of stuff.


Now if I could just win the Lottery… then none of this would matter any more… and I could give up litterally my LIFE of renovating (I think 30+ years is enough… I DESERVE to finally live in a NEW house, lol)


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