t’s a common piece of real estate advice that you are much better off buying the worst house in the best neighborhood than you are buying the best house in the worst neighborhood. This adage has been around for years and in our current marketplace I have seen more than a few "worst homes."
Fixer uppers are not for everyone. In this market we have all seen some dumps in good neighborhoods, but face it some require more than a deep cleaning and paint. I just went through and update my hall of shame realizing that there are homes out there that are beyond Home Depot "you can do it" repairs. Home Inspectors get to see the OMG type of repairs such as this one where the beam was cut during the furnace installation and duct taped back together. My point is that fixer uppers can be expensive and stressful. In some cases the enthusiasm diminishes into buyers remorse as they realize the job is much larger than they anticipated.
The home inspection can help set the buyers expectations and what they are buying into. Most of us have some construction experience or know general contractors that can give buyers a quick estimate to get the home where they need it to be. Sometimes the costs are shocking and will kill the deal but in the end we want happy clients.
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