If you’re like many people, you kind-of like the idea of buying a fixer-upper and living in it while you make improvements.
But that’s not always the best choice. Here’s what you need to know.
Thinking About Buying a Fixer-Upper?
Before you dive in headfirst, think about these things:
- Not all flaws can be fixed
- Sometimes fixing a house is expensive
- You can ask the seller to take money off the price
- You could be eligible for a renovation loan
Not All Flaws Can Be Fixed
Some homes marketed as “fixer-uppers” are actually disasters. (Did you see Tom Hanks in The Money Pit?) Sure, you can handle things like chipping paint and old, worn carpet – but big flaws may make the home unlivable.
Sometimes Fixing a House is Expensive
Foundation and structural problems are a nightmare… and even if you can fix them, they cost a fortune. Other fixes that can cost you a bundle include anything dealing with sewage, septic, and HVAC systems.
You Can Ask for Money Off the Price
Even though sellers typically list fixer-uppers for lower prices than their already-fixed-up counterparts, you can still ask for a deal. After all, you’ll have to spend your own cash to improve the home. If you have a ballpark figure on how much money you’ll need to spend, you can ask for that amount off the sales price – just make sure to explain your offer in real financial terms to the sellers so they don’t think you’re trying to lowball them.
You Could Be Eligible for a Renovation Loan
Some fixer-uppers qualify for financing through a renovation loan, like a 203(k) loan backed by the Federal Housing Administration.
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