Should You Buy a Fixer-Upper or a Move-In-Ready Home?

Fixer-uppers are NOT for the faint of heart!⁣

Before pouring your hard-earned cash into a fixer-upper, ask yourself:⁣

- Do you have the patience of a saint? Labor shortages and supply chain issues are causing even minor home repairs to drag on and on. Patience, flexibility, and time to wait best be your best friends.⁣


- Do you have the time and capacity? Taking on a fixer-upper is incredibly exciting, but it can also be all-consuming. Ask those who know you best their thoughts about your potential new project.⁣


- Is the price right? All that fixing is gonna take cash. Talk with your realtor and a trusted lender to set right expectations about what you can afford.⁣


- Where will you live during renovations? With a move-in ready, you just, well, move in. A fixer-upper, not so much. To make it work, you’ll need a place to crash or fork out for a rental.⁣


- Is your partner on board? Fixing up a home tests every relationship to its core. If you and your partner aren’t on the same page, something move-in ready will be most harmonious for the home front.⁣

Have you bought and survived a fixer-upper? What’s your best “been there, done that” tip for buyers? Share it in the comments below.


Cindy Grenier, 204-330-2567