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First Home Fix

First time home buyers, sprucing the place up with limited time and budget.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living in our home for almost one year.  What a busy year it’s been.   As first timers, we certainly learned a lot along the way.  With the one year anniversary creeping up on us, it got us thinking…if we could do it all over again, what would we do differently?   A few things came to mind, but here is a list of the top 5.

1. Not installing a utility sink in the laundry room-would have come in handy during the months without a kitchen sink.

2.  Painting and trimming a room and then deciding to knock it down-even our handyman got annoyed with us for doing this.  But it turned out to be the best change, opening up the room and widening a doorway.

3. Assuming that you have to buy everything at Home Depot-don’t get me wrong, we have a special place in our heart for this store, but there are some good deals to be found at locally owned, specialty hardware stores.

4.  Installing a white ceramic floor in the bathroom-we are each cleaning this thing daily!

5.  Decided to insulate the attic after we packed it with stuff.  Oops.  Maybe this project will inspire a spring yard sale?!?

We have to admit, even though it’s been a lot of work, the reward is huge.

One Comment

  1. John
    3:55 pm on April 2nd, 2010

    This post is funny and so true. When we moved into our first home we were in, “rip this out” and “tear this down” mode without realistically knowing just how long it takes to line up different contractors to get the job done (it looks so easy on those HGTV shows!). Our kitchen took an eternity after scheduling conflicts started happening between the plumber, electrician and the counter top fabricator! We were washing dishes in the bathroom tub for much longer than we anticipated! Two days before our kitchen project was finished we had an epiphany – “Wow, we should have installed a utility sink.” It would have been great not only for the dishes, but cleaning everything else our contractors washed in our tub! Seems we all have our little “should have done that” moments all to often when we’re fixing up our first home.