What You Need To Know When Buying A Fixer Upper

What You Need To Know When Buying A Fixer Upper

How to navigate through the purchase of a Fixer-Upper!

Popular remodeling shows on TV glamorize the before and after. Buyers are thrilled at the potential for hefty profits. And agents who identify the hidden gems can be seen as having a special talent. To the unwary, the right fixer-upper appears to be a moneymaking no-brainer. In realty, though, purchasing an fixer-upper takes considerable time, money, patience, and a real estate agent who understands the process. 

Here are a few things to consider before putting an offer on a fixer-upper:


Do a deep dive on the existing market to determine what type of home is selling. Understanding where potential buyers are willing to put their money will help to clarify if your fixer-upper has the potential to offer a good return on investment. 


Know your financial limits. Industry experts suggest adding an extra 20% to your home-buying budget. To keep your financials in check, understand the difference between what improvements are necessary and what you simply want to do. Then, line up reputable, dependable contractors well in advance of your ideal start date. 


Work with the right agent, inspector and even an engineer who can properly evaluate the major components of a house. "You want to have someone look at things like the overall structure of the home, crawlspaces, insulation, and especially the foundation," said Mina Starsiak Hawk of HGTV's Good Bones. "If the property doesn't have a good foundation, it may not be the right one for you because it can end up being a money pit."

Overall, investing in fixer-uppers can bring considerable financial gain and a tremendous sense of personal accomplishment. Just remember to do your homework before you do the work!

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Dated: June 28th 2022
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