About a year ago, we bought a house! It is an adorable little three bedroom ranch just outside the city, and (most days) we love it <3
However, it needs a lot of work. Let me say that again: IT NEEDS A LOT OF WORK. When we moved in a year ago we were all “Pshaw this place will be tip top by fall” (We closed in May) LOLOLOLOL. Oh how naive we were. Basking in the smell of freshly signed mortgage papers, we completely underestimated how much time and effort it would take to get everything the way we wanted…and we were purely focused on the cosmetic fixes.
Roof in the teenager’s bedroom was leaking on night one…had to install new toilets in the first month…water heater went out over fourth of July weekend…A/C kept tripping in August…new gutters in September…and then it was fall.
House pretty much looked the same. Although we had spent time (and money) on the place, it was all functional stuff and nothing really looked any better…and it looked bad, really really bad.
The guy we bought the house from fancied himself a DIYer, he was not anything of the sort. He made a lot of attempts, all over the house actually. He painted the rooms:
He “custom” labeled all of the cabinets in the garage:
He installed god awful track lighting in the kitchen, and the two tracks are on independent switches in separate rooms! It took us forever to figure out how to turn both strips on 😀
The kicker is the floor. He installed new laminate flooring in most of the house and new stick on laminate tile in the kitchen. Let me tell you-it is a joke. I look at it every day and think WHY? OMG WHY?
Sigh. So like I said earlier, we have a lot of work to do. We got a little discouraged last year because it all seemed overwhelming, but we have started to do a little work recently. It really has helped change our attitudes–just seeing that fresh coat of paint in one bedroom. We are gonna buckle down and get busy…just you know with baby steps…
Although, as much as we hate on the floor, it is the sole reason we were able to afford the house. His terrible home improvement skills put our house on the market for about 20k less than all the other houses in the neighborhood. So in a way, we are a bit thankful for our little mess; we just didn’t realize how hard fixing it up would be!
Did you buy a fixer-upper?
How long did it take you to get it into shape?