5 Things To Check Before Buying a Fixer-Upper

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With housing prices pushing the affordability envelope for many Americans, some individuals are considering buying a fixer-upper. We’ve all seen the home makeover shows with astonishing before and after transformations, but should you take on such a project? Here are a few things to consider:

1. Know Your Limits: Assess how much of the work you can handle yourself. Consider how much time you have available for renovations. Ask yourself if you’re prepared to live in a construction zone for a while.
2. Work Out Costs In Advance: Invite a contractor to join the inspection and provide a written estimate for the proposed work. If you’re planning on doing the work yourself, calculate the cost of supplies. In either case, add an extra 15% to the costs to account for any unexpected expenses.
3.Check Permitting Costs and Procedures: Consult with local officials to determine whether your planned work requires a permit, and what the associated costs might be.
4. Be Extra Careful with Structural Issues: If the house requires structural repairs, be sure to double-check the work and its cost. Hire a structural engineer for an inspection. If structural work needs to be undertaken, make sure to factor this into your bid.
5. Include Inspection Contingencies: It’s crucial to hire professional inspectors to check for hidden issues like mold, piping problems, pest damage, etc. If issues arise, don’t hesitate to ask for discounts. Should too many red flags be raised, or if the seller isn’t willing to adequately discount the cost of repairs, then it may be in your best interest to walk away and continue your search elsewhere.
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