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.
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.
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?