When we moved in 1995, our house was brand new filled with your typical builder grade appliances and features. To us, kids that had grown up in a great east coast home built in the 60's with awesome green carpet and yellow kitchen appliances, the new builder grade items were a step up.
But that was back in 1995. Almost 17 years have passed by and as my mom says "these items don't owe me a thing", because they have produced for so long it's only natural that they would start to die out. One of the first appliances to bite the dust was the microwave. Replacing that microwave started a revamp of the kitchen appliances including a new dishwasher and refrigerator. Next on their list is that oven.
Recently they started to have issues with their 3 toilets, and no one wants to have issues with your toilets. They were able to make little fixes here and there to prolong the lives, but the reality was that they needed to be replaced. So it was out with the old and in with the new.
Not too much of a difference (still you average white toilet) but the new ones have an oval bowl, sit a little higher and are more efficient because they use less water with every flush. To help promote newer toilets, our town actually offers a credit on your water bill for every water saving toilet and will haul off the old ones for you. Not too shabby of a deal!
Witnessing issues like these help to add a little reality to our house hunt dreams. It won't all be choosing fun paint and working on projects that we want to. There will be times where we have to shell out the bucks for something that we might not actually want to, but need to fix.
For the home owners out there, what was one of the first things that you had to replace or fix that you didn't necessarily want to, but needed to?