Buying Fixer Upper Home Tips / Old House Renovations On A Low Budget

Buying Fixer Upper Home Tips

~ Old House Renovations On A Low Budget ~

 

It’s always nice to buy a new house that’s all ready to move into. Just move your stuff in , sit down and enjoy the peace and quiet. Of course , as well as being nice , it’s also expensive. Not only that but an increasing number of new homes are on new-build estates. Too often these have numerous empty properties and all the soul of a weekend in a warehouse.

 

Buying Fixer Upper Home Tips
Buying Fixer Upper Home Tips – Old House Renovations On A Low Budget

 

Buying a house can be gone about in a myriad of ways. Instead of paying a huge amount of money for a place that may not be very welcoming , you might consider a fixer-upper. Often not much to look at on first glance, a little bit of work can make your dilapidated purchase into a home. Better yet , one with charm , warmth and all the modernity you’d get in a new build.

 

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Buying Fixer Upper Home Tips – You’ll be amazed by what’s possible with a bit of effort and a little shopping around

 

Fix Your Fixtures And Fittings

One thing that often brings down the price of a house – and makes it affordable – is the condition of the fixtures. The bath may be old and discoloured , the cupboards dank and dusty or the radiators rusty.

 

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With a little bit of work and some assistance from friends or contractors , you can replace these and make the place good as new for a fraction of the price.

 

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The bath may be old and discoloured but with a little bit of work and some assistance from friends or contractors , you can make the place good as new for a fraction of the price.

 

Don’t Be Floored By What’s Under Your Feet

The floors in a home are often ignored for long periods. They’re just there ; you’d notice if they were gone but you don’t think of them that much. However , they’ll be working hard for years whether they’re noticed or not. Think of all the feet that will walk over them , the extremes of hot and cold and the inevitable spillages. Amtico  floors are a dream to maintain and very durable. Because they’re vinyl , they’re also versatile and can be used in any room.

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Amtico floors (for example) are a dream to maintain and very durable because they are vinyl and can be used in any room

 

Energy Efficiency Is A Must

It may already have been arranged beforehand by the seller, but if it hasn’t you should arrange an EPC visit. A domestic Energy Performance Certificate is essential if you’re looking to resell when the work is complete. On the other hand , if you’re going to be living in the house you’ll want it to be energy efficient. A few inexpensive adjustments could save you thousands in heating and energy bills.

 

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Get The Personal Touches Right

There is a difference between a house and a home – those little personal touches that make a place more human. Getting them right does depend on your end goal with the house. If you’re going to be living there , then they should have resonance for you and your family.

 

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If you’re going to be living in the house , then it should have resonance for you and your family

 

If you’re planning to sell , then you can add little things like racks and key hooks. Depending on your target market, these can be rustic or more modern.

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You can add little things like racks or key hooks to give the home a more welcoming touch if you are planning to sell

 

Renovating a home can be hard work , but as it takes shape it becomes hugely rewarding. You’ll be amazed by what’s possible with a bit of effort and a little shopping around. You may even find you have some flair for ‘flipping houses for a living ‘ and that can be very lucrative.

 

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Buying Fixer Upper Home Tips ,renovating a home can be hard work but it becomes hugely rewarding

Not that I am an expert on buying , renovating and decorating houses , but as I am going through the creative process of upgrading my property myself at the moment , I thought I might as well share my experience with you. Thanks a lot for reading and please don’t hesitate if you have got some important or helpful suggestions on old house renovations , tell us about in the comments .




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Maria

Buying an old house could really save you some money but sometimes repairs could even cost more than buying a new house. 😀

Nicole P.

I think that it’s better to buy a patch of land, rather than buying a house, weather all it needs is a bit of a fix or is brand new. Although my way is definitely not cheap, I’m kinda nervous about the possible damages that are unseen at the first sight of the house. Although getting to fix and slowly ‘re-build’ your home is a fullfilling thing, I agree with Robert that you need to get a contractor before actually getting said house. And consider all costs 🙂

Melissa

Huhu how timely! We were just having our house renovated when the workers accidentally destroyed our roof. Now it’s leaking everytime it rains 🙁 My parents got really sad and mad at the same time. Looks like we have to be spending more for the repair. Thanks for the ideas though!

Dorothy Mae C. Torretijo

Buying an old house can save up some money but you have to be careful on fixing them. A great post indeed!

ROBERT LEE

Excellent post as always and yes, buying an old house where you have to renovate can often result in savings… BUT it is not always the case if you are not careful. When doing so, better bring a contractor along before signing so that all the repairs that needs to be done can be estimated. Be careful too, as for old structures, there may be other costs that are unforseen at the beginning. But overall, if you are confident that the contractor knows what he is doing, then you should be fine.

Trisha Velarmino

Though I am nowhere in buying my own home yet, this will come handy as my parents are revamping their’s at the moment! Thanks for putting this together, Claudia!

Janine Ella

Thank you for these tips! My partner and I bought a house in a subdivision near where we currently live and it’s just big enough for us three. We’re still paying for the mortgage though and it hasn’t been turned over to us yet. If it will be, soon, and if we have saved up enough to fully furnish it, I will definitely go look back for this post. I am also planning to use LED lights to minimize the energy bill 😀

xx, Ella | Wandering Ella

Xavier B

I really enjoy your post ! We are planning to buy with my girlfriend and from what I learned with the moving I’ve done with my family, was to always work in our home. It’s important to fine the right balance of a property that is not expensive to buy and that it won’t be too much money to invest in work and renovating while you must think about how much you can increase the value of the property with the work and renovation you’ve done. But when it is your home, you can do those work and renovation a little bit every day or every week-end to get yourself busy but also having this rewarding, satisfaction you mention where you see it, with time, getting better and better only from your hands. Such a nice feeling !

Tania

I’ve never renovated a house or done big structural work. It is quite a task to take on and I’d hate the chaos while it was happening.

Joanna

It is very important to also check that the house you are buying does not have structure problems. Sometimes due to infiltration this things happen, and it will become very costly to fix this kind of problems.

Sabine

Good ideas 🙂 we Just moved into a house with a bad floor and bad walls. We will for sure take care of them but it’s a lot of work. Always balancing between buying it for money or doing more work for a cheaper price

Rica Lewis

My family has always bought the worst homes in the best neighborhoods. My mom has an eye for potential, and she’s resourceful enough to do the work that’s required to fix a fixer upper. I’m not that savvy, but I have made some major improvements to my own humble home. It’s a smart way to go!

heidi

I definitely need to do a budget. great tips. I’m not into decorating really but its nice to have ideas to make things fresh again

Sam Still

I think this is such a cool investment idea. We have talked about doing fixer uppers in the future.

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