(Closed) Recent Home Owners–what were some of the first things you changed or added?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
7309 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

The first thing we changed was the locks on the doors. Safety first! We also completely re-did the fireplace (new firebox height, new wood burning stove insert, new hearth, new facing), and added a generator and transfer panel.

Next on our list are a new hot water heater and new HVAC system. The joys of buying a fixer-upper. :/

Post # 4
1096 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We built a fence so our doggies could run around!

Post # 5
5890 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our house was being used as a boarding house with waaaaay to many people in it. It was in desperate need of TLC.

Before we moved in:

  1. We hired painters to paint every surface and remove some wall paper
  2. Had the ducts and dryer vent cleaned
  3. Hauled out all the junk left behind
  4. Changed all the light fixturesHired cleaners, then cleaned some more (there was hair in the freezer!)
  5. Put new carpet in the only room with carpet
  6. Changed the locks

After we moved in:

  • added insulation to the attic
  • installed new outlets on the bathrooms
  • cat-proofed our deck (we can let them out and they cant escape)
  • installed new medicine cabinets
  • removed ivy from all the trees
  • tried to get rid of the poison ivy
  • rebuilt a flower box around a tree
  • put in shelves in the laundry room
  • recaulked part of the Masterbath
  • Installed new towel bars in all the bathrooms
  • bought a new mattress and bedroom set

Now we just have to:

  • Get blinds or curtains (we are still using the cheap paper temp shades)
  • replace the sliding glass doors
  • replace all the mismatched light swtiches and electrical outlets 
  • replace all the windows
  • remodel the kitchen (like 5-10 years from now)
  • buy new dining room and living room furniture
  • redo the basement ceiling
  • redo the basement floor
  • remove the brushy undergrowth in the backyard and eventually relandscape

Wow, really hate writing out all the stuf we still have to do!

Post # 6
1889 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’ve been in our house going on 3 years now–I feel like the changes are endless!

1. Got tree removed in back yard so we could fence it in, replaced kitchen appliances with stainless

2. Fenced in back yard, put granite countertops and tile backsplash in kitchen, painted kitchen, bedroom, bathrooms

3. New washer/dryer, replaced carpet with hardwood/Pergo everywhere but the basement

Changes we want to make when we have the money: replacing the basement carpet (either with carpet or more laminate/tile–might be sooner than we thought because the basement flooded over the weekend), installing overhead ceiling fans/lighting in bedrooms, and building a deck!

Post # 7
3942 posts
Honey bee

We spent the first 2 days cleaning and scrubbing every surface, and steam cleaning the carpets. Over the next year we painted half the house,changed the locks, changed several light fixtures and ceiling fans. But we spent the majority of our money on the outside-cleaning up the yard and landscaping.


Post # 8
5843 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Already Done (been in 4 months)

– Replaced the Dining room fixtures (seriously had the ugliest 80s chandelier I’ve ever seen)

– Replaced like every single outlet. We put in some USB ones too that are fun. We also had to replace our electrical box/upgrade the service to the house (yay! old house)

– Had stair runners installed – this was not part of the original plan but our dog could not handle walking down hardwood stairs

– Replaced the mailbox (again ugliest freaking birdhouse mailbox ever)

– New Stainless French Door fridge

– Had Air Ducts/Chimney cleaned (turned into a 1k chimney repair since the flue broke the 1st time we tried to use the fireplace)

– Bought a few area rugs after realizing our dog would destroy the floors

– Bought a kitchen island at Ikea to add seating/counter space to the kitchen

– Had a ceiling fan installed in the living room (involved lots of holes punched in the ceiling)

– Bought endless things Couch/Coffee table, Grill, Patio Furniture, Lawn Mower, Power Washer, Leaf blower

To Dos

– Fence install

– Landscaping the backyard

– Dry wall in the basement, its finished but we’re gutting and starting over. The sub floor seems uneven and they just painted over wood paneling

– New Dishwasher, ours is off white and ancient

– New HVAC, the furnace/AC are ancient and I think we need duct work done as well

– New verticals in kitchen

– Plantation Shutters in Living/Dining Room

Post # 9
2452 posts
Buzzing bee

– Changed the locks
– Painted four of the rooms 
– Bought washer and dryer
– Bought water softener
– Bought area rugs / curtains
– Bought dining room set 

– Lawnmower
– Wall decor 

Post # 10
1069 posts
Bumble bee

Our house was brand new so we didn’t really need to do anything to it. We added window coverings right away (of course), and over the past year I’ve replaced some of them with nicer ones. We had the builder change out the counter on the island to a breakfast bar and I plan on painting pretty soon. That’s about it! I want to change out one of the showers too.

Post # 11
5063 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I changed the light fitting in our bathroom. The previous one was not safe. Our next jobs are the outside patio, bathroom and kitchen.

Post # 12
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Well we bought a new build so there wasn’t really much to change/do.


As part of our negotiations, we had the builders install a fence, pour a concrete patio out back, build stairs down from our deck, install faux wood blinds, and swap some light fixtures for fans.


DH and I have painted a couple of rooms and added our own decor and furniture (including a new pool table!).


Post # 14
9126 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We painted the whole inside and planted a bunch of flowers and veggies. Also changed out some butt-ugly light fixtures and put in rugs and curtains/blinds. That’s about it in the first 10 months. Hoping to extend the laminate flooring into the kitchen, install a bunch of missing trim, and redo the siding this summer (gulp, $$$!).


Post # 15
2211 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The house I bought was the cheapest one I looked at, and surprisingly, the most well maintained.  I painted one room a different color after moving in, and that’s all I did to my house.

Sure, there are things I would like to change, but was really nothing I can’t live with.  I really lucked out.

That being said, landscaping is on the list for this Spring and Summer.  The back yard is all bedraggled and full of creeping charlie…


Post # 16
556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We bought an older home and are basically redoing every square inch of it!

A short list of what we’ve done… Took down wood paneling, added insulation, hung sheetrock, painted, rewired, changed all light fixtures, outlets, and switches, gutted bathroom and kitchen, replumbed the bathroom, took down walls in nearby bedroom to add space to bathroom.

We still have TONS of work left… Hang cabinets in kitchen and bathroom, have granite countertops cut and placed, add tile, install appliances, carpet, driveway, landscaping, clear back acre… Well this list could go on and on and on.


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