Even though we are having a house built, we still are going to want to buy some stuff to flesh it out. It happens to everyone. But since we are spending so much on the house itself ($260,000-ish, which is alot to me in the Houston area), we want to be careful to only spend money on things that will truly benefit us in some way overall. This has led to my idea that Mr. BFS is okay with – the new home wish list.
New Home Wish List
In short, the growing list below is stuff we want, but don’t need immediately in a new home. We have decided that we will only allow ourselves to buy something off the list once it has been on there for at least 6 months and we already have the cash on hand in our Wish List ING Savings account to buy it. The only exception will be if we see the item on a sale so good that it is literally 50% or less of its normal cost and perfect for our house.
So, the things we are adding to it now have to still be important to us after mid-October, the stuff we add after this will still need to matter 6 months down that road, etc. We are hoping that this list will keep us from buying something that just seemed like a good idea the day we splurged as opposed to something we choose to have pretty permanently in our home. This will also give us time to fund the Wish List account a bit before we go shopping.
– Refrigerator. We are spending the next 4 months looking for the best deal we can on an energy efficient but large fridge. This is technically not a wish list item but it is on my radar right now.
– Covered Patio. The builder charges $4750 for a 144 square foot covered patio. We have a 140 square foot patio right now. $4750 is insane to me, so I am looking into the costs of having it added after the fact.
– Built-ins for the Library, Media Room, and Master Walk-in Closet. We may get these through the builder if they are not priced ridiculously high, but if that isn’t an option, we will probably end up building multiple shelving systems for books, DVD’s, and linens ourselves over the next year or two. We are starting to price the materials now.
– Washer and Dryer. These are necessary but not immediately. When we hopefully move into our new home in August or September, we can still use the washer and dryer in our current home until it is rented out (it is 3-4 miles down the road). If we rent out our current place as quick as I hope, we can do our laundry at the in-laws for a month or two while we find the best deal. Plus, if we wash all of our clothes right before we move, we have enough stuff to last us a month anyway…yeah, that’s sad and happy at the same time, lol.
– Projector and Screen. We own two tv’s. One is in our living room and the tube tv is in Mr. BFS’s office. The media room would be perfect with a projector and screen for our monthly movie nights with friends. But we are looking for a major deal, so we will take our time.
– Seating for the Media Room. We will be looking at multiple options to give is 6-7 comfortable seats with their own drink holders of some sort on the two tier layout of the room. Our immediate idea was to have 3 stand alone recliners with drink holders on the first tier and two recliner love seat combos on the second tier with end tables between the set and on their sides. We are limiting our budget to $1000 total, so we will most likely be looking for Black Friday deals or even waiting for Super Bowl deals.
– New Couches. We have dark green leather couches right now that were hand-me-downs from my parents. They are awesome but are definitely starting to feel their age…somewhere between 15-20 years old I think. I remember I was still a kid when my parents bought them.
– Rugs and Linens for the Extra Bathrooms. I do not mind having random hand towels in the extra bathrooms for a while, but I do want to coordinate at some point.
– Seating for the Library. We want to have at least two comfortable seats in the library area.
– Chess Table for Library. We think a wooden chess table and set would love great between the library seats.
– Dining Room Set. Now that we will have a formal dining room, we will be keeping an eye out for a nice table and chair set that can seat 12 with a leaf.
We are adding new things every day, but at least we will be taking the next 6 months to even a few years to hit it all. I’ll keep you updated as we go with what we find and the prices we end up paying. 🙂
Are you working on a home wish list now? What’s left?