We are in the process of buying our first house! We’ve passed the inspection phase, and we’re pretty sure everything else is going to go swimmingly. Super nervous though because while we can move in and live comfortably, it needs some love.
That said, I have 0 DIY skills, 0 tools, and 0 equipment because I’ve lived in an apartment my whole life. I’ve got until May 31 until we close, and a month overlap between our lease and our new house, which gives us a nice buffer.
I’ve been reading this sub religiously, and now I want to maybe start being proactive. We’ve got some money available, potentially 5-10k comfortably, to do some immediate improvements/fixes/purchases when we take ownership.
Any advice on equipment purchases, tool brands, or things I should focus on or prepare for would be super helpful!
Here’s some basic information about the house and some stuff we’ve got going on:
* 4 bedroom, 1.5 bath, no master bathroom
* 1600+ square feet.
* Dutch colonial built in 1976
* Water heater is from 2014
* Roof is from 2016, quality shingles
* Furnace and AC unit are both over 10 years old
* Unfinished (previously carpeted before a 2016 water intrusion) basement with poured concrete walls
* Kitchen with cheap vinyl cabinets (was a rental unit) that we eventually want to remodel top-to-bottom
* Upstairs full bath definitely in need of renovation
* Good sized yard with several mature trees
* Seemingly adequate grading, gutters, and drainage, to be determined, nothing serious pointed out in inspection
* Sump pump with battery backup system
* Wood windows probably from when the house was built, all functional and in good condition
* Painted deck that’s all chipped up, seen better days
* Dried mold residue on underside of roof in attic signaled to inspector that I need additional soffit vents and some baffling
* A mystery gas line that goes out into the yard
* Small gaps in siding vinyl siding in a few places
* Back patio door chewed up from a dog, needs repaired/replaced
* Ductwork and a condenser? in the attic from a previous attic furnace (since removed) that probably can be removed as well.
* Fallen insulation in crawlspace.
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