It takes a very ambitious person to take a home in disrepair and make it fresh, clean, and new again. If this is exactly what you are, then keep on reading for a few tips and tricks to making your journey just a little bit easier.
Look At The Foundation First
When you are looking into buying a home to fix up, look at the foundation first. Make sure to ask your sales representative what they know about the house and the condition of this very important structure. A crumbling or cracked foundation may mean that the house cannot actually be saved or used in the way that you would like it to be. Foundations that are in good or great condition can be stabilized and reinforced much more often than those that are in very poor shape.
Always Do The Research On Roofing Materials
The majority of houses that are sold and purchased as fixer uppers will need to have the roof replaced or redone. Canadian winters can truly take a toll on the roofs of houses, both fixer uppers and those sold as “ready to live in”. If you are brand new to buying and fixing up houses, then you will quickly realize that the number of choices you have to choose from will be overwhelming. Do your research on the area you live in, the different roofing materials pros and cons, and what you can actually afford to spend on the materials necessary to redo the roof.
Keep Your End Goal In Mind
If you are fixing up the house to live in, then you have very little to worry about. You will be fixing the house exactly how you would want it. If you are fixing up the house to sell, then consider what the market is looking for. Does your neighborhood need a house with antique charm, an enclosed porch, and a row of fruit trees? Do the majority of houses on the market have brand new wooden floors and multiple bathrooms? If you know what the market is looking for, then deliver on those desires to the extent of your ability.
Consider Completely Replacing The Floors
Most carpets, laminates, and wooden floors in fixer uppers are in total and complete disrepair. These floors are crumbling, moldy, broken, and incredibly dangerous. If these floors have asbestos in them or other dangerous spores and fibers, then they can cause a great deal of harm to anyone that moves into the house. In order to completely eradicate this fear and use this as a marketing strategy, simply replace all of the flooring. If you can afford to replace all of the flooring with real hardwood floors then do so. This will give new owners the option to add carpet or keep the hardwood. If you can only afford to do hardwood in one or two rooms, put this in the kitchen and bathroom. The other rooms can be reasonably carpeted for an affordable price. It is totally reasonable to put carpet in bedrooms and the living room.
Take Home Advice
Buying a fixer-upper certainly takes a lot of trust, courage, and ambition. Congratulations on being that person. You are saving a beautiful piece of architecture from crumbling to pieces and being lost in history forever. Hopefully the tips above will help you to make this process as easy as possible with the greatest amount of personal satisfaction.
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