My husband and I need to work out a replacement budget for our house. Our house built in 1957 needs updating and we need a plan to replace eventually many of the items that are wearing out. . Any advice on how to approach this sensibly? I think I've got to do some of the groundwork, my husband has his head in the ground and is in denial about the need to spend money on maintaining the house. Lately I feel like a nag every time I point out something worn, broken, decaying.
We've got a 20s house so I feel your pain (although Mr. Sam is super handy). I would focus on replacing the most important items (the ones you need for health and security) i.e. A/C heating system, hot water heater, maybe windows/roof first and then focus on replacing the comfort items i.e. stove, dishwasher, laundry, etc. Once I have my list in hand I would start researching stores and contractors and come up with a price list and start saving up for the most important items. Also, we use a scratch and dent center when we replace appliances in our rental units and I probably would consider picking up the same items for my primary home as they eventually ket scratched up anyways.