We are just day 6 into ownership and…
How much on furniture/curtains/blinds/lawn mower/household goods?
I had a ton of hand-me-down items that were falling apart, so we went into this house with a blank slate. Saw an overstock clearance at Ashley Furniture and went crazy: $4300 or so crazy. That includes two loveseats, a recliner, coffee table, sofa table, and dining room table with 8 chairs. I also bought a vinyl recliner with ottoman I found at Marshalls for $200 because we really needed something other than cheap folding chairs to sit on until the new stuff gets here!
Needed a new kitchen table too: $125 from Target.com shipped (clearane item).
My mom got us a nice rug for the dining room: $200
I got a couple smaller rugs on clearance at Bed Bath and Beyond: $180
TV stand: $350 at Best buy
50″ Samsung LED TV open box special at HH Gregg $1300 with a 5 year service plan
I did buy a bunch of curtains as well, but I’m still in the process of sorting out what works/looks good and doesn’t. This’ll probably be around $100 – $200 when it’s over.
Then, while at TJ Maxx, I found a KitchenAid Artisan mixer that I’d been dying to have for just $180. Not having a mixer and adequate counter space at our old place prevented me from doing more cooking than I knew I should have. Problem solved!!!
Wanted to install an above toilet storage cabinet for the one bathroom: $80 at Target.
As for household goods, needed things for the extra bathrooms (eg, curtain, soap dispensers, towels etc), cleaning supplies (for granite counters, wooden floors), tarp for the cord of wood out back: $200ish here.
Got a Dyson vacuum on Black Friday 2012 because the vacuum we had wasn’t safe for wooden floors $250 or so with the sale price and a gift card from the wedding.
Also got a bunch of new power tools for DH to install things with. Must’ve been about $500 there (got them on Black Friday Sales in 2012).
How much on upgrades (flooring, appliances, paint, door knobs)?
We are changing the locks today! The house has 5 outside entrances because it’s a rancher with a walk-out basement. So there went about $300. It was expensive because we went with that fancy new Kwikset SmartKey system where you can rekey your home whenever you want. It’s pretty sweet. But pricey. Thank you Lowe’s 10% off coupon in the mail!
How much on bigger remodels (i.e. new kitchen or bath)?
$0 none needed.
How much on mechanicals in the house (heater, windows, roof)?
There was a baseboard heating issue like the third day after we moved in. That would’ve cost us $400 to repair had a professional HVAC guy come in. Thankfully DH’s uncle and that branch of the family does HVAC work and helped us out greatly! Only paid $100 or so for the defective part.
The house came with wallpaper. That’s my big project for the week. Peeled that junk off this weekend. Am now prepping the walls for painting. Sherwin Williams is having a paint sale Thursday, so I’m waiting til then to buy the needed paint. Shouldn’t be more than $300 though including all the primer/paint/brushes/pans/tarps etc since it’s just the dining room and a hallway. Woohoo!
I too absolutely refuse to total that all up. This talley will continue to grow… We’ll need either a portable gas generator or we might go with a gas generator that automatically switches the power over during an outage. At some point I also know I’ll need a riding mower for the yard since it’s about half an acre and a push mower would be too much for me. ::sigh::