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Remember These 3 Things When Buying a Fixer-Upper

by Ronald Bixby 01/23/2023

Buying a fixer-upper can be a DIY-lover's dream. A house with plenty of potential for improvements at a great price might seem tempting. However, there are some specific things to search for to make sure you find the right fixer-upper. Here are some tips for what to prioritize to have the best fixer-upper experience:

Be Realistic

A common pitfall of many DIY projects is an unrealistic assessment of the project's difficulty. Before taking on an enormous project like renovations for an entire fixer-upper, take some time to really think about what skills and knowledge are required for smaller home projects.

There's no rule that says you have to fix everything yourself—in fact, things like electrical and plumbing improvements should be done by a licensed professional. However, even small tasks can require skills you might not have thought of beforehand.

Prepare Your Financing

The sooner you have your financing lined up for a fixer-upper project, the sooner you'll know what renovation plans are possible. Research your loan options and make a budget that includes every part of the process. Expenses include a down payment, closing costs and materials for renovations. Many traditional mortgages will let you finance renovations in addition to the regular purchase. Otherwise, you can apply for a renovation-specific mortgage.

Get an Estimate

Even if you plan to DIY your fixer-upper renovations, hiring a professional contractor can help you spot issues you might otherwise miss. Make your own budget and estimate concerning the cost of materials and tools, but leverage the knowledge of a contractor to help you identify major expenses.

If they happen to find significant structural damage, for example, you won't be stuck with an unpleasant surprise halfway through your project. You can get an estimate for what you might need to hire out a professional while also budgeting for yourself. 

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Ronald Bixby

Hi, I'm Ronald Bixby and I'd love to assist you. Honor, Respect, and Integrity...These are qualities that were instilled in a small town in upstate NY and reaffirmed in the US Navy. I was raised in a town called Horseheads. After graduating High school, I decided to see the world and I went into the Navy. Although I wanted to see the world, I ended up joining the submarine force and unfortunately, they don't have too many windows on subs! After getting out of the Navy, I found myself with an opportunity to get into the restaurant business and that's where I spent the next 30 years. I am blessed with an amazing wife, who is my rock, 4 beautiful daughters, and a son... Parenthood has a way of keeping you on your toes! However, thinking that I was missing something, I decided to make a change and started exploring the Real Estate business, and the more I looked into it, the more I knew this was the right profession for me. I like to help people and assisting a family buy or sell a home is a fantastic opportunity to do just that. If I can make someone half as happy as I am...it's a great day. Let me help you be happy.