So a few weeks ago, we bought a house. Our very own house y’all. Problem is, it’s needs a lot of work. That’s the price you pay for paying such a low price, right? It clearly needs a ton of home renovations and we aren’t even sure where to begin.
Needless to say, my TV has stayed on the DIY channel 24/7. You know, because I can totally do that after watching a few shows. Right? Better yet, can I be on one of those shows?
First, we don’t even have the budget to start any home renovations so we are just getting estimates and making plans. The pictures I took are quite deceiving, for reals. From afar, the house doesn’t look too bad but if you saw the windows and doors up close, it would take you less than 2 seconds to see that they need to be gutted and new ones put in. That is one of our first priorities. When you walk in, you walk into this large, umm, dining room? I believe it was once the living room. It has a huge open crack in the ceiling.
In this same room, there is one propane heater that heats the whole house. It does work, but I forgot just how much I dislike propane heaters and not knowing how safe it is, is a big concern. This room leads into what is the living room. It was a garage, closed in, and never finished. You can’t see the whole room but next to the window is a door that’s closed up. The floor VERY uneven all throughout the house but worse in this room and the dining room.
From the dining room and this room, you can walk straight to kitchen, which is not much. You’ll see very few cabinets, a couple without doors, some with but don’t close, and an awful kitchen sink. The counters are, well, ‘woodsy’. Why on earth the water heater is in the kitchen, I’ll never know.
Off the kitchen is a utility room. It’s actually very large.
Down the hall are bedrooms and one small bathroom. The bathroom is by far the worse room EVER. OMYCOW! This will need to be redone completely, top to bottom.
The bedrooms aren’t that bad. They need paint and baseboards. I think carpet throughout the bedrooms and home will make it not sound so loud and hollow too. The back of the house has potential. With the recent cold rains, we noticed how much water sits on the back porch, against the house. That needs fixin’. And the propane tank is a little too close to the house for my taste. The ground is very soft and unlevel but with some TLC, has potential to be beautiful.
It’s clearly gonna take us a while to get it all fixed up but I think if we just do a few things at a time, we’ll git-r-done. And best of all, it’s ours so we don’t mind putting in money to fix it up. I’ll work twice as hard just to pay for the home renovations and make it a home we are proud to own and live in!
If you have any tips, money savings ideas, anything that might help us along the way, please, please share!!! And wish us luck!