As a first time buyer who has been on the sidelines for years just aching to have a home, but left to dream and watch improvement videos, I really wanted a house that wasn't totally done up already. My preference was to pay less and then spend the savings on improving the house. We wanted good bones and to not have to replace roof, wiring, plumbing, etc... essentially, we wanted a good priced cosmetic fixer. I would have liked to have had the windows already replaced, but all the homes with new windows also had everything else new in them.
We closed on our house on Friday and the last three days have been long with work, but it's been a blast for me. Appliances arrive today, new flooring and baseboards go in on Thursday and we move this weekend. Then I get to spend the summer landscaping and putting in pavers, installing molding, replacing a few doors, installing a mantle, etc... I'm so looking forward to my projects!