Just a bit of a Fixer Upper.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc 10307

Happy Friday Active Rain Community!


As a realor in a very rural part of the upstate, you'll find homes are either brand new or will need a decent amount of work and there is not much of a inbetween. I sit with clients going over the features they are looking for a the husband will say he wants something that needs some work. This conversation goes one of two ways: Either the wife is in agreement,  or you see her eyes roll knowing she'd be stuck in a half finished home for the next 5 years.  Vis versa you have a diy wife on board. So when looking into a fixer upper, while Chip and Joanna make it seem easy here a few factors to consider before taking it on.

  1. Time: Time is important to factor in . Renovations can take anywhere between 6-9 months with hiring a company and longer if you doit yourself. It can certainly get in the way of your day to day life especailly in areas like the kitchen and bathroom . If you don't have the time it will just delay the process and you will be stuck in a unfinished home.
  2. Emergency Funds:Any hgtv fan knows there could always be a costly project hidden in your reno. So its a real skin saver to have more money than you need to complete your renovations and not push things to the edge of your budget. The pasta arm you  wanted  can wait til you know everything major is shipshape. 
  3. Be Open to Compromising:If that wall is load bearing then youll need to come up with other soultions, If something you wants cuts too much into budget you may have to compromise on cheaper materials. You can not be too stubborn about things unless you absolutely have the budget  to get 1000% what you want with money not being an object. 
  4. Children:if you have children  renovations can become a little more difficult because it can litterally turn your safe kids room into a construction zone. Even if you have a child on the way  its something to think over because once again the Time it may take may not suite the need of you and your starting family. Renovations can be delayed Childbirth can not. 

These are just a few thought to send with you into the weekend. We will see you Monday!



Posted by


Gwen Fowler-Brown

Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc
317 South Highway 11
West Union SC 29696
Serving Oconee County, from the banks of the Chattooga River to the shores of Jocassee, Hartwell & Keowee Lakes.


Contact me about property in Oconee County, Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster, Long Creek, Salem, Mountain Rest, Richland, Sunset and Six Mile, SC.  2nd homes are our expertise. 

The best number to reach me at is 1-800-248-8950.

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Comments (6)

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun / golfArizona@cox.net

Great information, thanks for sharing. Bill Salvatore

Apr 23, 2021 12:52 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Having someone do the Fixer Upper for you like on TV can be a lot less stressful that is for sure. Jeff 😎

Apr 23, 2021 01:22 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC Mountains Lakes Homes

I have heard that TV renovations are a lot of duct tape and pretty furniture and when they leave you still have to have someone come in and do the work.

Apr 27, 2021 06:57 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Gwen this is valuable information for both Buyers and Sellers in your area.

Apr 23, 2021 03:31 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Gwen,  Thanks for sharing the advice on home renovations.  We have bought several fixer-uppers - you really do need to be flexible and know what you are doing.

Apr 23, 2021 07:07 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC Mountains Lakes Homes

I love an old house with good bones and a bank account with lots of money.  If you have both fixing up is fun, if not then not so much fun.

Apr 27, 2021 06:58 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Good advice.  A fixer-upper is not for everyone, you do need vision and deep pockets.  Wishing you a great weekend. A

Apr 23, 2021 09:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Gwen- valuable tips to remember. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of renovating your home and forget about some important factors. 

Apr 24, 2021 01:15 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC Mountains Lakes Homes

sometimes going down tothe bones and coming back up is more work and time than the buyers anticipate.  I like to say not all projects can be finished in 30 minutes as HGTV shows you.

Apr 27, 2021 06:59 AM