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Buying a Fixer-Upper?

by Jeanine Connor 12/30/2018

You’ve been binging on HGTV and DIY network every weekend while you save up your money and you’re ready to take the plunge. Your agent tours you through several potentials and there it is … the perfect corner lot, the mediocre house with the awkward layout, chopped up floor plan, aging kitchen, and dated bathrooms. It’s just waiting to reveal shiplap behind the cracked plaster, original hardwood floors under the stained and dusty carpet, and other treasures you can only dream about until their uncovered.

You make the deal … now it’s all yours. Where do you go from here?

Find the right professional

Make a plan

Don’t underestimate time

Normal delays, hidden issues

In addition to the normal delays, your demolition may uncover other issues that require remediation. These include lead, mold, asbestos, termite damage, shifting foundations, broken pipes, and myriad other possibilities. Bringing wiring up to code and changing out electrical panels consumes precious time and adds to the delays.

Before taking on a fixer-upper, seek the advice of a real estate professional with renovation experience to help you make a plan, and plan for contingencies.

About the Author

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Jeanine Connor
I started in the real estate business in 1978, working East of the Arch and in the 618 area code in St Clair and Madison Counties in IL.I am knowledgeable about the real estate industry since I have worked in different facets starting with sales, financial officer, a development company, market center administrator, co-owner of a RE/MAX office, and going full circle-back to sales at RE/MAX Alliance in Collinsville.Clients are all ages from first-time buyers to seniors selling homes to go into assisted living.I specializes in baby boomers and seniors.