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Has it always been a dream of yours to buy a fixer-upper home and take on the project of renovating towards your dream home? Or maybe you're interested in a home-flipping investment? Whatever your interest is in purchasing a fixer-upper home, here's some things to keep in mind:


  • Are the problems (if any) structural or cosmetic? Cosmetic problems will be a lot easier to fix (and cheaper) than structural issues. 
  • Do you have the time to fix the issues? If not, do you have the money to budget for hired help? 
  • Find a good home inspector
  • Check thoroughly these key components of the home: roof, structure, foundation, plumbing, heating and doors/windows. Calculate costs involved to fix up each of them. 
  • Calculate your costs: will you be fixing up the home yourself, or hiring help? What will building materials cost, etc. All of these should come into play when you do your pro/con list as well. 
If you consider yourself to be a do-it-yourselfer, or have the budget in place to hire professional contractors, the payoff can be great. 
When looking at the decision from a construction standpoint, there are pros and cons to buying a renovator’s special. It’s no secret that it takes more time and effort than a move-in-ready home. Asking yourself important questions – Am I able to tolerate living through a renovation? What’s my renovation timeline? Can I be accommodating if it ends up lasting longer? – will help determine if you’re the type of person who can handle the process. If you’re willing, the whole procedure of buying and renovating a fixer-upper can be very rewarding. It can open the door to greater possibilities like the ability to purchase a larger house or live in a preferred neighbourhood. [Jonathan Scott, Style at Home]

If you decide to go through with it, here's some tips for success:


  • Work with a REALTOR® to ensure you are investing in the best possible home for your needs. Scouring the Internet on your own may bring legal issues about. 
  • Find a good home inspector so you can be made aware of any and all issues that are present or may arise in the home as it is. 
  • Weigh the pros and cons seriously of the specific property you are looking at. This is also a good time to consult your REALTOR® as well. 

If you're looking for an in-depth guide on the specifics of fixer-upper homes, everything from flooring to plumbing choices, check out this free guide from Homes.com


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