Now that we have been the house for a week, I wanted to make a to-do list so we can keep track of what needs to be done. It’s also nice to have a list so you can cross things off as they are completed. This is only a first draft, after only being here for one week, so things may change along the way.
- new locks on doors
- A/C installed – this house was a foreclosure and the previous owner took EVERY. SINGLE .APPLIANCE, and the bathroom sink
- new appliances (refrigerator, washer, dryer)
- fix roof by chimney, which was leaking into the basement
- install dehumidifier in basement
- check all electrical outlets, some are not wired correctly
- remove all 3 satellite dishes and antenna from roof, patch holes
- fix bathroom shower lever (can’t turn on water because it hits the plate)…don’t know how old owners took a shower
- caulk around tub
- redo bathroom shelves
- paint bathroom vanity
- fix bathroom sink faucet, leaking all over bottom of vanity
- replace kitchen faucet, it had no water pressure because it was all clogged up
- fix dishwasher connections to the sink, they were not connected properly and leak. Screw dishwasher to counter (it was never connected and leaned forward when you opened the door
- rebuild the inside of all three bedroom closets…yup, previous owners took all of the rods and shelves in the closets
- window treatments for all windows
- motion lights installed on front and back porch and on garage
- clean clogged gutters
- scrape and paint front railing
- remove or fix and treat fence (not sure what I want to do)
- clean and treat back deck
- install kitchen cabinet hardware
- install kitchen light
- build pantry, no place to put food
- tile backsplash in kitchen
- paint in every room…the bank painted every room but it is this pinky beige color (the color of silly putty)
- remove all of the 60 year old juniper bushes around the house
This house was a foreclosure so the bank came in and redid some things. They installed a new hot water heater, a new heating system and a new kitchen, including a stove and a dishwasher. They didn’t go overboard with the quality and there are no extras like hardware on the cabinets but the house is in pretty good shape otherwise. It has a roof that was put on a year ago, according to our neighbor, new windows and new tile in the bath and kitchen. All in all, we got a pretty good deal and all of the most expensive items that are in a house are either brand new or a year old.
Do you have a to-do list? How do you tackle it?
Let the games begin!