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  • Jessica Rubio

What To Consider Before Investing In A Fixer Upper

Updated: Dec 10, 2023

Many people are attracted by the idea of buying an old home and transforming it into a dream house, inspired by the home makeover shows on TV. However, not all fixer-uppers are worth the time and money they require. Before you decide to invest in one, here are some things you should think about first.

What Is Your Budget?

It’s important to be realistic about how much you can afford to spend on your fixer-upper. You should make a list of the renovations you want to do, estimate the cost of materials and labor, and compare it to the market value of the home. This way, you can see if the price you’re paying is justified by the potential return.

What Kind Of Repairs Are Needed?

Some fixer-uppers only need cosmetic changes, such as new paint or tiles, which can be relatively easy and cheap to do. However, some fixer-uppers have serious problems, such as structural damage or water issues, which can be very expensive and time-consuming to fix. These kinds of repairs can eat up your budget and your profits. If you’re not sure about the condition of the home, it may be better to avoid it altogether.

Are You Ready To Do The Work?

One of the reasons why fixer-uppers can be profitable is because the buyer is willing to do most of the work themselves. However, if you plan to hire contractors to do the work for you, this can cost a lot more money and reduce your earnings. You also need to be aware that renovations can go over budget. Don’t buy a fixer-upper unless you’re sure you want to commit to it and you have the skills and resources to handle it.

My Conclusion on this

Buying a fixer-upper can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be a risky one. You need to be prepared for the challenges and costs involved in turning an old home into a new one as it is without a doubt just as risky as it is rewarding if you come through the others side of the tunnel with it.

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