Before we left Flagstaff, we had a few home improvement projects to do. We were able to make enough cash from our garage sale to completely fund everything we needed to do! Below I’ll show some before and afters. A few years ago we painted the exterior and now along with these projects, the whole house got a fresh coat of paint inside.
It was so bittersweet to finally complete the projects we wanted to just so we could sell it, but that’s how it goes sometimes. We are super excited about this opportunity to do things over. Next time around we’ll be saving for a much larger down payment (at LEAST 20%) and we’ll have the money to do projects if necessary in an actual planned amount of time. The beauty of living on a written budget every month is that now I know that saving that much money is not impossible and I can easily see which things I’m willing to sacrifice in order to make it happen.
Another great thing we learned was that most of the projects that seemed very intimidating or daunting were so much easier than we thought. We had been delaying on several things because they would be a huge expense or just way too difficult. In the end, we completed everything in one weekend! We had help from my awesome cousins, but it was still done in less time and for less money than I had imagined. Going forward we will both be much more willing to jump into projects and get things done.