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Fixer Uppers

Wednesday, November 15, 2023   /   by Annie Junker

Fixer Uppers

Fixer Uppers
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What You Need to Know About "Fixer Uppers"

Buying a fixer-upper home can have several advantages, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. Here are some advantages and considerations:


  1. Lower Initial Cost:

    • Fixer-uppers are generally priced lower than move-in-ready homes, allowing buyers to enter the market at a lower initial cost.
  2. Personalization:

    • Renovating a fixer-upper gives you the opportunity to customize the home to your taste and needs. You have control over design choices, layout changes, and materials.
  3. Potential for Increased Value:

    • With strategic renovations, you have the potential to increase the home's value. This can be advantageous when it comes time to sell, providing a return on your investment.
  4. Learning Experience:

    • Renovating a fixer-upper can be a valuable learning experience, especially if you enjoy DIY projects. It allows you to gain knowledge about home improvement, construction, and design.
  5. Investment Opportunity:

    • Some buyers purchase fixer-uppers with the intention of renovating and selling for a profit. If the market is favorable and renovations are done well, this can be a lucrative investment.

Considerations and Work to Expect:

  1. Budgeting Challenges:

    • Renovations often come with unforeseen expenses. It's crucial to have a realistic budget, including a contingency fund for unexpected costs.
  2. Time Commitment:

    • Renovating a fixer-upper takes time, and it's common for projects to take longer than initially planned. Consider your timeline and whether you have the patience and resources to manage a potentially extended process.
  3. Skill Requirements:

    • Some renovations may require professional expertise. Be realistic about your own skills and consider hiring contractors for tasks that are beyond your capabilities.
  4. Prioritization of Projects:

    • Not all renovations are equal in terms of impact and cost. Prioritize essential projects such as structural issues, electrical, and plumbing over cosmetic upgrades.
  5. Building Codes and Permits:

    • Check local building codes and obtain the necessary permits for your renovations. Failure to comply with regulations can lead to legal and financial issues.
  6. Resale Potential:

    • Consider the resale potential of your renovations. While personalization is essential, overly unique or specialized features may limit the pool of potential buyers when you decide to sell.
  7. Inspection:

    • Conduct a thorough inspection to identify all potential issues. This will help you assess the scope of the work and avoid unexpected surprises.

While buying a fixer-upper can be a rewarding investment, it requires careful planning, budgeting, and a realistic assessment of your skills and resources. If approached strategically, a fixer-upper can become a dream home or a profitable resale property.

If you have any questions about fixer uppers or if you are ready to begin your search, let's talk!  804-350-0879 | chris@smallre.net


It is my responsibility as your REALTOR® to ensure that when others around you are lowering their expectations, that this becomes the time for us to switch gears and discover how to leverage the market effectively to achieve your goals.

If you would like to know more about the current market, or if you have any general real estate questions, call or text me on my cell phone at 804-350-0879 or you can email me at chris@smallre.net.

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