House To-Do List

Our new-to-us house comes with a giant to-do list, courtesy of the move, things that need to be repaired, and things we’d like to change or add.

So here’s the running list, with items that we’ve finished crossed out.

  • Add downspout extensions
  • Paint future pantry cabinets to match existing kitchen cabinets
  • Install cabinets to create pantry
  • Cut back vines that grew on broken side yard fence
  • Repair broken side yard fence (due to tree damage)
  • Have electrician split lights in basement onto two switches
  • Have electrician add outlet outside at front of house
  • Have electrician move electrical from garage to house so it can all be one one meter
  • Cut down sassafras sapling that’s leaning toward house
  • Install mat tiles on gym floor
  • Research and buy pull up-bar for the gym
  • Set up heavy bag in gym
  • Install faucets in downstairs bathroom
  • Turn vanity into cabinet with hanging shelves for extra storage in master bath
  • Hang gallery wall
  • Replace front steps (plus add deck?)
  • Plant new cherry sapling in spring
  • Move volunteer oak saplings to better locations
  • Block off bathroom window temporarily
  • Close in one of the main bathroom windows
  • Redo cabinet for above fridge & replace
  • Reinstall shiplap by fridge
  • Organize shed
  • Organize garage
  • Move items store under basement stairs to attic
  • Add balcony/deck for door to nowhere
  • Paint outside of door to nowhere
  • Add trim to exterior of hall bath window & caulk
  • Paint trim on exterior of hall bath window
  • Add trim to cover raw wood around entry closet door
  • Add door to master bathroom
  • Add apron of some type to end of driveway
  • Add lock to basement bathroom door
  • Add blocks around kitchen baby gate
  • Fill basement nail holes & touch up
  • Paint basement interior window trim
  • Fix pull string lights
  • Paint back door trim
  • Paint outside of back door
  • Paint inside of back door
  • Paint missed roof overhang section
  • Repair waterfall veneer on bed & dressing table
  • Upholster room divider screen
  • Fix seam in butterfly chair
  • Organize laundry closet
  • Expand laundry closet to fit full size washer & dryer
  • Add heat tape to water pipe in garage
  • Insulate water pipe outside garage
  • Get estimates on generator
  • Have generator installed
  • Order speaker wire
  • Order or make stands for rear speakers
  • Diagnose & fix issue with over-the-air TV antenna
  • Replace missing shingle on garage
  • (Ideally years from now) replace roof & have spray foam insulation added at the same time
  • Have fir epit cover made
  • Add Durock for fireplace hearth
  • Tile & grout hearth
  • Add drywall to fireplace surround
  • Mud, tape, & skim coat fireplace surround
  • Tile & grout fireplace surround
  • Trim out fireplace hearth
  • Add rabbit wire in upstairs closet to protect chimney
  • Remove vinyl plank flooring where fireplace will go
  • Frame out fireplace surround
  • Have fireplace unit & chimney installed
  • Reduce size of opening between living & dining room by extending walls
  • Paint wall extensions
  • Replace baseboards near fireplace and add new to wall extensions
  • Replace metal trim on edges of stair steps with stair nose that matches existing luxury vinyl planking
  • Extend duct out from under window seat
  • Paint inside of door to nowhere
  • Paint inside of front door
  • Add door sweep to back door
  • Add temporary weatherstripping to door to nowhere
  • Add soil at front of house
  • Caulk around outside of bathroom window
  • Repair leaning back fence
  • Split logs
  • Move woodpile
  • Plant boxwoods near front steps
  • Remove dead cherry saplings
  • Patch holes in walls throughout house
  • Touch up paint on patched holes throughout house
  • Have new screen door with bars added to front door
  • Get estimate on blown-in insulation
  • Have insulation installed in small attic room
  • Insulate heating ducts in small attic room
  • Add foam board insulation to back of door to small attic room
  • Order curtains for basement window
  • Order roman shades for master bedroom & bath
  • Kill poison ivy 
  • Replace blinds in living room & kitchen
  • Add wood posts near gate steps to keep sand in
  • Add pavers near gate steps
  • Have dead tree removed & stumps ground
  • Have large trees in yard trimmed & cabled
  • Fix & rehang living room curtain rod
  • Build screen for bathroom window
  • Install laundry line
  • Remove workbench in garage 
  • Insulate cold water pipes in basement to prevent condensation
  • HVAC person to move thermostat
  • Electrician to add wire for fireplace
  • Order couch for living room
  • Order coffee table for living room
  • Order plant stands for living room
  • Order lighting for living room
  • Order rug for living room
  • Order chair for living room
  • Order kitchen table
  • Order chairs for kitchen table
  • Order mattress for guest bed
  • Have survey done
  • Build little free library
  • Add solar light to little free library
  • Replace weatherstripping on little free library
  • Have roof & gable vents installed
  • Have plumber fix burst pipe in garage
  • Plant grass & clover seeds
  • Cut down saplings on side of house
  • Refinish desk
  • Electrician to move switch & fix fridge outlet
  • Have broken metal fence replaced with wood fence
  • Install new curved shower curtain rod
  • Fix stair rails
  • Fix non-latching interior door latches
  • Cut up fallen tree
  • Change out broken vanity top
  • Put together hanging chair
  • Put together metal patio chairs
  • Take apart & remove basement workbench 
  • Remove rusted storage cabinets 
  • Add pegboard to wall
  • Install temporary blind
  • Plant apple & cherry trees
  • Plant blueberries and forsythia
  • Remove upper kitchen cabinet to fit fridge in

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