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

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 33
4560 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@dlbaqua:  There was already blown insulation up there, but only 3-6 inches. We did it ourselves.  So we bought these isulations sleeves to put over the can lights (they get really hot). We also rented a blower (Home Depot has them for rent–free if you buy a certain amount, but need to put a deposit down). The blower was in the front yard and we fed the hose through a window and up the attic stairs. One person was upstairs. One person was at the blower feeding the insulation. One person was a floater (checking in with the person upstairs because you can’t hear anything and relieving the Feeder when he needed a break)

Post # 34
7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@BreezyBride24:  Well the cloest installation was ELFA from The Container Store, which was super simple and awesome! The Besta cabinets from IKEA were easy to put together but a beast to hang, since we have them secured into the wall instead of on legs. In our living room, we have 8 Bestas on the wall, and aligning them all was pretty horrible. I’m so glad they are up, and I am never doing it again, haha.

Post # 35
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@KoiKove:  that sounds pretty simple, we have way less than the recommended amount ourselves

Post # 36
3479 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I built a house 3 years ago, so everything was new! But we added a fence for the mutts, did some landscaping and put in a driveway. Alle the little hous eprojects (decorating, blinds, shelving) are done, just need to beef up the yard more!

Post # 37
5708 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Been in there 1 week:

-Fixed both toilets, lol. They both worked but had very slow water flow, so we took care of that

Other than that I got nothing (which is good).


-Redo driveway

-Strategically place outlets

-Change all closet doors

-Repaint upstairs bathroom/kitchen

-Restain patio

Post # 38
6304 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We were lucky that the previous owners actually had a similar style to us. Most of the house stayed the same, in fact, we even purchased some of their furnture (as in, the dining room is identical to the day they moved out…furniture as well as art on the walls and all!!).

Before moving any of our stuff in we painted the master bedroom & bathroom, as well as painted one of the upstairs bedrooms. That’s it. I think we also changed out all the lightswitch plate covers to stainless instead of plastic.

About 2 years later we replaced all the builder grade (ie: cheap) interior doors with brand new 6 panel doors. 

Our major renovation was done to the yard, where we had a full irrigation system installed. We also had a pipe put into our front ditch so it was covered w/ sod and a full landscape to our front yard. 

We have done nothing since then. 🙂 Origionally we saw this as a 5 year house (maybe a bit longer) but with the crappy economy and the fact that our whole county’s tax value went down 20% we’ll definitely be here a while. Thank goodness we bought a much larger house than we needed!

Now that we know we’re going to be here a while we have a few plans. We’re going to completely renovate the master bathroom. We’re going to replace our kitchn countertops with granite. We’re going to finish clearing the rest of our lot for a backyard renovation that will include fresh sod, a new fence, pool, new deck, and outdoor kitchen.

We also have a large finished bonus room, but because it’s the FROG (finished room over garage) it’s super hot in the summer and cold in the winter. We never use it because we haven’t furnished it yet, but the plan is to have the garage insulated and sheetrocked which will help with the heat/cold in the bonus room. We’re goin gto furnish it and make it a useable room.

Post # 39
1227 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We moved in a year ago with a great big to do list. So far all we have done is the painting. We  painted every room in the house except one of the bedrooms.


Coming up in the next couple years:

1) Replace light fixtures with something more modern

2) Redo the kitchen-New counters and back splash, put electrical and plumbing in the island and move the sink to there

3) Floors- The bathroom in the basement doesn’t have flooring put in yet, and there are some bad stains in the carpet down there that need to be fixed. DH wants to put down laminate in the back 3rd of the room and put in a bar. Then in the rest of the house, I want to rip out most of the carpet and tile on the main floor and replace with laminate.


Post # 40
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

Painting and flooring (rip out carpet, have some new wood put in, refinished all floors).  We also had some foundation work done and the roof replaced.  Man, though, there is still SO MUCH TO DO and it is SO EXPENSIVE!

Post # 41
575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are in the process of painting every single surface – the previous owner’s colour schemes were, quite frankly, awful. 

We also changed the locks, added insulation to the attic, put doors back on frames (not sure why they took them off!), and will have to fix the deck to bring it up to code. I’m not sure how it never collapsed on them, as it has no support in the centre of the deck. Ridiculous. 

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