Friday

not my forever home

Do you ever find yourself not making upgrades to your current home because it's not where you plan to live forever?  Lately, I'm finding it hard to make any major changes to our home because we hope to move sometime in the next couple of years.  With the economy being the way it is, I hate to put any more money into our home that we probably won't get back out.  Unfortunately, we bought right before the market crashed so we will probably end up taking a loss on our home.  Some things I want to do, that actually wouldn't cost a lot, but would require some effort are paint the walls.  I kind of went taupe crazy when we moved in.  Funny how much my taste has changed in just a few years.

I'm craving white walls.  Something I never thought I'd say.  I still love color but would like a nice clean backdrop at least in the living spaces of our home, like the kitchen and the living room.  




Our home was new construction when we bought it so obviously everything was in perfect condition.  It's hard for me to undo things that have already been done, change things that don't need changing.  I guess it's my frugal side that veers to the "if it aint broke don't fix it mentality."  Now, don't get me wrong, if it's broke I'll be the first one to want to fix it, change it, make it better.  But when it comes to things like a builder's grade kitchen, that works fine for now and is in great shape, it's hard for me to want to rip it apart and start fresh.  If you gave me a fixer upper, I'd be the first one in there with a sledgehammer.  Any of you feel that way?

Now, I'm sure upgrading our kitchen would certainly appeal to homebuyers when we go to sell but it probably wouldn't be the smartest financial decision we could make.

    


Anyone else feel this way?  I sure hope it doesn't sound like I'm ungrateful because I feel incredibly blessed to have the home we have and to get to stay home with my daughter and do what I love.  So for now, I'm just going to enjoy our home the way it is and keep making little improvements along the way and who knows maybe our next home will need a little love and I can tear it apart and start from scratch.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Here's to hoping the rain stays away!

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13 comments:

Mrs. DeVore said...

I completely understand not making major changes when you likely won't get your money back. But you can make inexpensive changes like paint, or new knobs on the cabinets, or new light fixtures etc. to personalize your builder grade home. I'm in the same situation. Not my forever home and the investment in upgrades likely won't pay off when I sell.

Mrs. DeVore said...

I've been married for three years and moved twice in that time (and moving again this summer). I totally get what you mean about not wanting to put money into somewhere that you know you won't stay. It's kinda hard sometimes when I get the crazy urge to redo a room! I tell myself I'm saving it all for when I FINALLY have a place of my own!!

Mrs. DeVore said...

It's so funny because every spring, I want to move. I never intended for this to be my "forever" house and can't accept that it will be. I was just now looking up foreclosures on the internet to see if maybe there's something out there we could move into and fix up? I have been thinking the same thing about my walls in our living area which are kind of beige. I'd love to paint them a white with gray undertones. Plus, I wonder, would it be worth it to knock down the wall between the LR and kitchen? I go back and forth constantly and drive myself crazy. Sometimes, I think we should just move so that I can put myself out of my misery.

Mrs. DeVore said...

Oh you don't even know how much I have been craving white walls. I just don't have the time to paint everything this summer maybe in the fall ;)
Love all the inspiration!
My husband talks non-stop about moving... but I just do what I want to do to the house within a certain budget, especially when it includes paint! After all I never know if it will really happen or not. Life has gotten in the way so many times and we are still stuck in our tiny house LOL

Mrs. DeVore said...

We are in the same boat! We tried to sell but we also bought right before the market crashed so we decided to pull it off the market after a year and stay until we could sell and break even! This is the year for us to make our home OURS again. I'm painting our cabinets white and distressing them, I painted the countertops in the kitchen and we're going to dump the big bucks in new floors for the wet areas and new appliances. I. am. so. excited! I'm recovering the dining room chairs and making curtains to match. The hubs is spending his days fixing the outside. We are putting a lot of work into something that we are going to sell soon but who knows, maybe we'll fall in love with it to the point of staying. Even if we don't, I'm thrifty enough to be making all of these changes with cash that we don't need to recalculate in the house value.

Mrs. DeVore said...

I have been following your blog for a little while now, and I just really love it. I think it was the final inspiration for me to start my own blog! Anyways, I just wanted to say, we are renting right now so I definitely know how it feels to not strive to improve because of a temporary situation. But, it has been a good reminder for me to seek contentedness, be grateful for the blessing we do have, and not to be too consumed by temporary things. And... I am LOVING the white walls right now too!!!!

Mrs. DeVore said...

I definitely agree Naomi! I'm very grateful to for all the blessings we have!

Mrs. DeVore said...

Sounds like a great renovation, definitely exciting!

Mrs. DeVore said...

That's kind of where we are, we talk about it a lot and hopefully it will happen one day! I'm thinking more and more about the white walls, maybe I'll go for it one of these days, maybe I'm just being lazy ;)

Mrs. DeVore said...

I totally understand where you are coming from Sharon! I could look at houses all day and dream of what they could be!

Mrs. DeVore said...

I agree, we've made a lot of upgrades already to our home, paint, light fixtures, hardware, etc. all on a thrifty budget and we probably won't get the money back when we sell but it makes it feel like home to us now and should hopefully help it sell faster when we eventually do list it :)

Mrs. DeVore said...

Found your blog today and I love it! That said, I suffer from the same problem. Our house was a fixer upper and we've dumped quite a bit of money in and are no where near completion. Because it is not our forever home..we have Scrapped the idea of doing marble countertops and decided to go with corian instead. We've also decided we can live with the old bathroom and layout rather than losing the little equity we already have.

Mrs. DeVore said...

So glad you found me! :) I totally understand where you are coming from, the economy definitely makes it hard to gain equity right now. Although they say things are turning around, fingers crossed!

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