*Why I’m Saving For Home Improvements-But Don’t Own A House Yet

Some of you may know that this time last year, I was looking at houses. I didn’t find one I loved and so I didn’t buy one (and then I lost my job, so I’m glad I didn’t make that financial commitment as if I had I wouldn’t have been able to start freelancing) The main reason I didn’t buy anywhere is that, in my price range, each house needed things doing before I’d be happy with it. Everywhere would need painting,  you expect that in every house-but there wasn’t anywhere where I’d be happy with every room. They all had so much that needed doing and I just didn’t have the money for that as well as a deposit and legal fees. So, I’m saving for home improvements, so that I can buy:

A new kitchen

Hopefully this won’t be as expensive as it sounds, as if the cupboards are structurally sound I plan to just get new doors and new tiles to suit my taste. I’m a big fan of plain, modern kitchens and I’ll be having white tiles to go with my red kitchen accessories. Keeping everything plain, modern and white/neutral means if I fancy changing my main colour from red to green in the future, it won’t look awful with my kitchen.

A new bathroom

If the bathroom is newish and white, it’ll just be new white tiles (with grey grout) and a new floor in there for me. Minimalist again, I want a white, bright and clutter free room (with plenty of storage for my tons of beauty and skincare products) It’ll definitely be an expensive job if I buy a house that needs a whole new bathroom suite as well as tiles, so hopefully that won’t happen.

New flooring

I will, if not straight away then eventually, want all new floors throughout the house. Carpet in bedrooms and living room, tiled floor in kitchen and bathroom. This won’t be cheap but will be worth it. I want a carpet to match the colour scheme in each room-may have grey everywhere as that will go with my planned living room decor (grey, pale pink and copper) as well as my bedrooms (mostly white) and everywhere will look lovely and clean, fresh and bright.

New windows

It’s not definite that somewhere I buy will need brand new windows, but I’ve been pricing up and there are some window special offers out there-it’s good to get a vague idea of costs for this now so I know what I’m looking at if I do fall in love with somewhere that needs new windows.

Did you/would you buy a house that needed things doing, or did you/would you look for something done to your tastes straight away? Are you saving for home improvements?




  1. December 4, 2017 / 11:25 am

    We’ve been saving for the same – we don’t own a house either but keep viewing ones that need so much work doing to them so it is important we save for them too

  2. December 10, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your struggles, however, I’m glad you didn’t choose to buy a house before you lost your job, that’s actually good luck. We’re currently renting a house and I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready to buy but if I did I’d want to put some money aside to make it exactly the kind of home I’d had in mind.
    Either way, my current house needs some damn new windows, they’re just not keeping the heat in at the moment.

    Ffi | The Essence of Red

  3. December 10, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    Saving for this is the best thing you could do. We bought a house and renovated the whole thing, but hadn’t saved a penny for the renovations. We didn’t think it needed as much doing as it did, but we ended up putting in a new kitchen, bathroom, flooring throughout. Replastered everywhere and rewired. It was tough, we needed credit cards which we’re still paying off. So saving for all this stuff now is something I wish someone had told us!

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