Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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house inspections are tomorrow. i guess i'll know then if we're getting a house or not. pretty exciting! and fast!! it's funny how things happen.

and the house has like 3 levels.. short levels, but still- steps and stairs everywhere. which makes me think of baby gates all over the place. which annoys me. and makes me NOT want a baby- based on the stairs and the potential stupid gates alone. LOL

i know i'm a freak. i accept it.

if you bought a house that needed fixing up- how the hell did you pay to fix it up, once you paid to get that actual house?

8 comments:

carrie said...

How exciting! I hope the inspection goes well!

carrie said...

Oh, and about those baby gates - we moved into our 2nd house (a tri-level with lots o stairs) when Katie was a baby. Don't worry, they only fall down the stairs once! LOL!


I hate those dang gates too, and now I have them for the puppy.

Alison said...

We used some of our equity from our first house to paint and carpet and remove the acoustic ceiling in our current fixer-upper. We used our tax refund to replace the foggy windows. We're currently waiting for about $40,000 to grow on the tree in our front yard so we can replace all of the doors and remodel the master bathroom and kitchen. :)

Stephanie A. said...

Our house was in the middle of renovations when we bought it. Some things had been updated already (like the kitchen, floors and nearly all of the windows, which was very odd) and other things were still from the 70's like 2/3 bathrooms and the carpeting in the master bedroom (ewww! gross! we tore that shit out the first weekend!).

We had some money upfront and repainted the whole house from top to bottom. We also did little things around the house, too like adding a home theater, hardwood in the master bedroom, etc. However, we then started using the home depot no interest 12 months deal and with that we bought a new water heater, gutters (which were over 35 years old!), new interior doors, and a gas grill to boot. Every 12 months we have it paid off and then go on to the next project.

We were going to re-do our very 70's peach bathroom, but then the gutters went south so we did that instead. I would also like to do both the upstairs and downstairs exterior doors sometime in the near future.

I will be honest and say that takes a lot more time to renovate than you think, especially if money is guiding you. As it was mentioned, tax refunds can do wonders, as can holiday bonuses. Right now we are using ours for savings since I will probably work part-time again starting in July, but ideally we will keep up one major project a year until Hugo goes to elementary school and we aren't paying a gazillion dollars on daycare.

Anonymous said...

You won't have a mortgage payment the first month you move in - take advantage of that. Then if you get any kind of tax return, use that for another project. We just save. It takes us about 6 months to save enough for our next project and we do all the work ourselves. When you're only paying for materials that helps a lot. I wouldn't recommend doing it on credit. You have a really nice room and a hell of a lot of bills to pay afterwards - sort of depressing in the long run.

Andie said...

we are big users of home depot O% for 12 months and also of tax returns, etc. for repairs. we also used home equity for big things like putting in wood floors throughout the whole house, remodeling the kitchen, etc.

just take it one room at a time! it'll eventually all come together.

one word of wisdom- no matter what... once you get your house "the way you want it" you change your mind and start over again.

at least, that's the case with me.

Andie said...

we are big users of home depot O% for 12 months and also of tax returns, etc. for repairs. we also used home equity for big things like putting in wood floors throughout the whole house, remodeling the kitchen, etc.

just take it one room at a time! it'll eventually all come together.

one word of wisdom- no matter what... once you get your house "the way you want it" you change your mind and start over again.

at least, that's the case with me.

Meg said...

Since we bought from my father-in-law, we got our mortgage for 20,000 more than we owed him, then he just gave us the remaining cash to use for fixing up the house. Granted, it's illegal (in OK at least), but no one knows but us and now the rest of the internet!