Post # 1
Yeah, I thought we were going to buy our first home home within the next couple months but it looks like we will have to wait at least another 6 months.
So this is something I was always curious about… so since you bought your house or condo, what have you had to replace?
What condition was your house… was it move in ready? Or did you know you needed to replace or fix a lot of it.
Oh, if you needed to replace it, how much was it? Was it more than what you expected or less?
I know some of my friends have had really good luck with buying houses and hardly nothing has needed to be replace or fixed. I do have a friend who hasn’t had the best luck.
Post # 3
We bought a home 4 years ago and it was move in ready. Since then we’ve done small painting projects here and there but that’s about it. After our wedding we’re planning to gut the bathroom and kitchen. Not really looking forward to it but the 1950’s called and they want their decor back. 🙂
Post # 4
Whatever you do, when you’re ready to buy make sure you get a home inspection. They’re worth the 4 to 5 hundred dollars!
Post # 5
Prior to moving in with the now Darling Husband, I bought a condo and lived in it for 8 months. I didn’t really have to replace anything big, but I had smaller issues that kept adding up. The kitchen faucet went “bad”. I didn’t realize it at first that it was leaking underneath until the faucet started to leak up top. I ignored it and then finally asked my father. I had to replace the faucet, the sink, and the bottom of the cabinet since it had rotted 🙁 It was more than likely leaking a little bit when I bought it, but just didnt realize it. That cost me about $1000. I also had to replace some of the window screens which were about $400. The dryer element also went and so I had to buy a new dryer which was $600. I also replaced the kitchen hardware but that was a choice not a neccesity.
Post # 6
We bought our house in 2007. We haven’t had to replace anything except the furnace. We bought a top of the line for about $5k. It was built in the mid-70s but in good condition.
Post # 7
Ours was move-in ready. Anything we want to do now is more about decor/taste rather than out of necessity.
Although, it didn’t come with washer/dryer (apparently really common here in NC for houses to not come with appliances…very weird to me). We bought used/new condition ones off Craigslist because we hadn’t had time to research anything (I was moving from out of state, he was just starting full time at his job immediately after graduating from college). They lasted under two years, then the dryer element went out and we replaced the whole set. (With a gorgeous cherry red front loading set that I LOVE, I might add).
And our kitchen faucet is leaking a bit too…now I’m worried enough to go check under it.
Post # 8
We replaced the gutters and expected it to be about 1k. We knew they had to be replaced, but stupid us for not getting an offical quote before closing on the deal. It ended up being closer to 5k. I couldnt stand the shiny brass lighting fixtures and had to change all those. Aside from that, nothing else was in immediate need of fixing or replacement.. The previous owner bought 4-5 years ago and did a bunch of updates. The most dated thing now is the laminate bathroom counter tops, but the floors are updated so its not so bad.
Post # 9
@twentyeleven: Oh, nice! Cherry red front loading washer and dryer!
Post # 10
@ttn133: They are awesome! I wasn’t trying to brag, I just love them so much lol. I kind of look forward to doing laundry now 🙂
Post # 11
We haven’t had to do anything. We bought a spec house with a 12 month warranty. The piece of mind was priceless in the year leading up to the wedding!
Post # 12
Bought an *unreno-ed condo over a year ago. So far we have replaced the floors, baseboards and the tap in the bathroom. There are a couple of other renos we want to do, mostly kitchen but it was all things we were expecting when we bought.
*was an apartment building before it was converted.
Post # 13
I bought a condo a little over a year ago that was built in the 70’s. I have a matching mustard yellow fridge and stove! haha. We only replaced little things so far. However, I have had the thermometer on my water heater burn out and the computer in my AC unit die, but those are not as old as the house. I think it just depends on what you can live with or if you feel the need to re-do things to make them your own taste.
Post # 14
We have been there almost a year and havent replaced anything major yet. The sellers replaced the water heater before we closed, because it came up during inspection. We have replaced a faucet, light fixtures, shutters, door knobs and locks….things like that. But nothing huge.
Post # 15
We haven’t moved in yet, but once we close we have to replace the floors and put the AC units through the walls before we even move in. The rest of the apartment is ‘move in ready’ although needs updating eventually.
Post # 16
We bought just a couple months ago and knew going in we would have to replace a couple of things, but not a lot–it was pretty much move-in ready.
So far we’ve done all easy, cheap, superficial stuff. The dishwasher needs to be replaced (it’s from 1987) but we have to save up first. We know we’ll have to replace the furnace soon (boo) so we’re saving up for that, too. We also want to upgrade the range to a dual-fuel unit ASAP since whenever I use the oven, the CO detector goes off–venting to the outside isn’t possible because of the way the units are built. Um, great.
We came in to a newly-renovated unit, mostly. Brand new hardwood floors, new carpeting on the upper floors, and a new granite kitchen countertop, etc. There are some big things, but at least we know we have to save up for them!