Many of us in our twenties and thirties are purchasing houses these days. We decided to get a fixer-upper for our first time home, as it was affordable (especially in the Great North Woods) and we had the means to renovate. Some things we’ve found that have helped us along in this process are:
- Don’t be scared by projects, embrace them and go head on! Ask advice from family members, look up “how-to” videos online and get your hands dirty. Hire professionals when necessary, but the more you can do yourselves, the more money you’ll save and sweat equity you’ll build. There are tons of resources out there to help you along and give you inspiration to DYI. (Plus you feel pretty awesome after you complete a project!!)
- Your family and friends are there for you, and more often than not, will gladly let you borrow tools and equipment when needed. (Once again, saving you money on projects.) This may influence your decision of where to buy a fixer-upper. We chose close to home, one reason being the connections we have there. Even knowing local contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc. will help you tremendously.
- Budget carefully and spend wisely to invest your money in the parts of your home that will have the best return on your investment if you so choose to sell in the future. Even if you don’t choose to sell soon, smart choices will help you in the long run.
- We’ve discovered that second-hand appliances can be risky, but some quality salvage items can really help you create a unique and affordable home. We bought lots of our salvage items at North Country Marketplace & Salvage in Colebrook.
We have had our fair share of learning curves in renovation projects, but we are all the better for it! It builds character, and know-how! 😉
This weekend we chose to paint the outside of our house. It was chipping and just not a great color to begin with, so the weekend before we bought supplies and got prepared, hoping for a dry weekend to follow. It proved sunny, so we turned up the music and got our brushes and rollers going!
Had to battle some scary barn spiders and put our fear of heights aside, but we did it! In two days we painted 95% of our two-story home. Out with the gray & burgundy and in with the olive and brown 🙂 Our team was pretty satisfied with our accomplishment for the weekend. We added value to our home and had fun doing it. Sure it was a beautiful summer weekend, many people were at the beach and we could have been too, but we chose to invest in our futures instead.