Make a Priority List

February 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm 2 comments

As all experienced home owners will say, there is always something to do for your home.  The house is never “done” so to speak.  I can definitely identify with that statement and I know as a first time home owner it is hard.  It is hard because you want the house to be yours, you want to change and update everything!  And if you are like me, you don’t have a lot of furniture, so you want to buy more to fill up the space!  There is certainly a lot you can spend your money on including repairs, decorations, landscaping, upgrades, etc.

How is it possible to deal with this?  My solution is to make a priority list.  Simple huh?  Sit down with your spouse or significant other and write down all the things you want to fix, upgrade, and purchase.  I would even include furniture and decorations on the list.  When Jeff and I made our list, we made one category for furniture and one category for repairs, upgrades, and services that would be done to the house itself.  For example, we have wanted to get our carpets cleaned so that was something on the list.  I would also suggest to write a price estimate for each item.

Then, the hardest part is next – prioritizing the list!  First let’s start with the furniture category.  Take two items from our list – a new dining room table and a chair for the living room.  Currently we don’t have a chair in our living room (and I found one I really like) but we do have a dining room table.  In this case I would probably put the chair first on the list BUT, Jeff and I decided to put the dining room table as top priority.  Why is this?  Our current dining room table can only seat 4 people, it’s small, and very cheap.  Plus we’ve had the thing for almost 5 years!  The table that we purchase next needs to be able to seat 6 people, possibly more, and we want it to be good quality so it will last a long time.  Everyone will have different reasons for putting one item ahead of another on a list, but as long as it makes sense to you, that is what is important.  This is a good time of the year to make your list because many of you will be expecting a tax refund!  Plan ahead so you know how you are going to use the money.

TIPS:

  • Always be prepared to change your priority list !  You never know when something may come up that needs to be taken care of right away.
  • Make separate lists for home improvements, furniture, and other big ticket items.  We have a few things we would like that are going to cost more and we will need to save up for.  (one being a new furnace)  Put these things on a list anyway and start saving up for them!
  • Post the lists in a place where you will frequently see them.
  • Review your priority lists every 6 months or so and decide if you need to add anything, delete anything, or rearrange items on your list.
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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lanette woll  |  February 4, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    For someone who has only owned a home for a little over 6 months, you two really seem to have it all together! You have a lot of good points and wisdom about home ownership.
    Nice chair!!

    One more thing about the dining table–you said you wanted it to seat 6 people, but if its something you want to have for a LONG time, maybe you should figure on seating at least 8 people and/or making sure the table has 2 leaves,and buy at least 8 chairs.
    Heck NO! I swear I’m NOT hinting for you to host next years Thanksgiving dinner……

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  • 2. Bedroom Closet Remodel « Kim and Jeff's first home  |  February 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    […] are putting this on our bigger and more expensive home priority list, along with getting a new furnace!  The furnace is probably going to have to get put in first […]

    Reply

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