Our Major To Do Items For 2013

Earlier in the week, I wrote a summary of our 2012 to-do items in terms of large projects around the house.  Here is a quick list of things we want to get done during 2013:

  1. A new roof -  I hinted that, like in 2012 with our tree removal, the biggest items would center around the outside of our home.  As it turns out, our biggest (hopefully!) purchase for the year will be to get our roof replaced.  The roof is original to the house, and was likely installed in 1998, making it just around 15 years old.  The shingles are definitely curling pretty much everywhere, and the top layer of asphalt is coming off in a valley and along one side of the house.  Luckily, those areas are over the garage, so if there happened to be any leaks, they wouldn’t be catastrophic, but it’s definitely time to get the roof redone.  I’m looking to get some of the more common upgrades done, including better looking shingles and ridge vents (to replace the ‘box vents’ that we have today).
  2. A mantle around our fireplace – We’ve long talked about getting a new mantlepiece around our fireplace, and we saw one last year that sparked our interest.  Of all places, we saw it in a neighbor’s house while trick or treating!  We asked them about it, and it was there before they moved in, but we’re going to look around to see what we can find.  Our wood trim is all white, so that should make it a little easier to find something to match.  It’s also drywall above the fireplace, so installation should hopefully not be too difficult.
  3. Replacing the front hall table – We have a small table in the foyer right inside the front door.  This table was something I purchased 7-8 years ago to ‘class up’ my bachelor pad, and it’s definitely worn out it’s welcome.  I’m pretty sure I got it at WalMart, so I surely was not thinking anything high class.  While we’re not going to get anything extravagant, something that gives a little better sense of style is definitely in order as it’s placed as probably the first thing guests see when entering our house.
  4. Re-painting the deck – When we moved in the deck was in pretty sad shape, as most of the paint was flaking off.  Somehow we lived with it the first two years, but in 2009 I power washed it and repainted the entire thing.  I gave it a quick overcoat in 2011, which helped, but the paint is peeling off at a pretty alarming rate now, so it’ll be time to do a re-paint.  The spindles aren’t bad, so they will probably just need one coat, but the surface will need a wash and paint.  I was hoping that it would last longer, but we have so many trees in our backyard that come down in the fall, that (even though I try to sweep them off the deck regularly) having them sit on the deck likely speeds along the decay process for the paint.

I think that’s it, though other stuff will surely come along that will require attention, but those are the plans for the year.

What are your big to-do items for the house in 2013?

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    • Yeah, I had someone over to give a quote yesterday and they came in twice as much as anybody I’ve talked to in the sub who has had one done over the last few years. So, you can bet they’re out!

  1. The roof was 2 years ago and the furnace was last year.

    I would love a new kitchen window. I want the kind of window that opens and closes. Mine is about 20 years old and was the cheapest window the builder could find. I am sure it opened and closed 20 years ago but now it is permanently closed and when I burn things I cannot let fresh air in to clear the smoke and stop the smoke detector from beeping.

    It would cost about $1,500 for a new window so unless some long lost relative dies and leaves me an unexpected inheritance there is no new window in 2013.
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  2. Great topic! We are building a house right now so I will have A LOT to do this year. Here are some of the goals:

    1. Finish construction on the house. :)
    2. Install sprinkling system.
    3. Install front and back yard landscaping.
    4. Install fencing around the yard.

    There are a lot of other things to do with our new house but if I finish those four this year I will be a happy camper!
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    • That’s a good list. they don’t have to be large. I’d be interested to hear about how the baseboard replacement goes and any cost savings you manage to uncover.

    • Probably still cheaper than what would have happened if they didn’t replace them, so think of it as a positive.

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