What You Need to Know Before Investing in a Fixer-Upper

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The process of building a home can be immensely stressful. The fact that a large amount of money is going into the build is one factor that causes stress. People that have not built their own home before might be worried about the process as it seems complicated. You want to be working with a real estate professional as well as the builder. You want to make sure the project goes smoothly and the costs are kept under control. You do not want to get most of the way through the build only to run out of cash or lose mortgage funding. 

You Will Need Patience

If you are an impatient person then maybe investing in a fixer-upper is not for you. There are delays with all types of projects as contractors will likely have multiple projects going on. If you want a certain contractor, you might have to wait weeks to get your project going. Materials could run out if you are doing flooring with something like marble. Enlisting the help of a reliable electrician and plumber is also wise as you can use their services for years to come. 

Dumpster Rental is Wise 

The costs for disposal can be in the thousands for a huge home renovation. Renting a dumpster can help cut these costs as you can have dumpster pickup weekly or whenever it is needed. This is especially important for grounds that need to be cleared. Take the time to get a few quotes for dumpster rental services as you would be surprised as to how affordable it is. 

Budget More Than You Think You Need 

Your fixer-upper might be currently livable which can reduce your overall costs. You want to budget more than you think you need just in case there are hidden problems in the home. There are so many issues that can be found that include water damage and mold. The last thing you want is your home to be in disrepair for an extended period due to running out of cash. Asking contractors about their worst-case scenario cost is important as this will give you a realistic idea of what it costs. 

Be Realistic About What You Need 

Putting a budget together is all about being realistic about what you really need. If you are building a dream home, you might not want to leave any detail out. For those fixing up their starter home, you will have the opportunity to do more in terms of improvements as you save up. The last thing you want is to spend all of your cash then run into financial issues. Projects can be taken one at a time as long as your home is livable. This might not be the most convenient way to handle this but it is the most financially friendly.


Investing in a fixer-upper is a risk that can ultimately yield a huge ROI. Take the time to research the area your fixer-upper is in as location is everything in real estate. 

Comments (2)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Tommy Wyher very good report about investing in a fixer upper.

Mar 09, 2021 08:15 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

May 27, 2021 06:32 AM