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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .