When you buy a home that needs a fair amount of work, you may almost feel as if you are in a little over your head.
With that thought in mind, is the home you bought going to need its fair share of work? Is it work you can do mostly on your own or you will have to hire pros for? Finally, is it home improvements that will cost you a lot of money over time?
Those are but some of the things you will need to think about when having bought a fixer upper.
So, what direction will you head with your new home?
Going from Rags to Riches
Don’t think that having bought a fixer upper means you will never get the home you have dreamed of.
For many homeowners, they take a home that needs a lot of work and turn it into something quite special.
If this sounds like something you plan to do, here a few pointers along the way:
1. Assess the situation – Buying a home that needs a fair amount of work may overwhelm you a little bit. That said it is important to assess where you are at and what you want to do with your new home. While you may be inclined to do the makeover all at once, such a decision can prove time-consuming and costly. You may find it in your best interests to do a piece at a time. If so; you might even be in a position where you won’t need to move into the home right away. This will allow you to work on the home in an orderly fashion.
2. Upgrading the home – There are likely going to be many areas in the new home that you want to upgrade. For one; how about the kitchen? Even if you do not cook all that often, you will still be spending ample time in the kitchen. As such, you want it to look and feel nice. Another room of importance will be your bedroom. Given the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, the bedroom may need improvements. This can be everything from keeping light out at night to having comfortable room temps. Still another key area of the home will be the living quarters. Make sure the living room is one that you can retreat to and enjoy. When it comes to the home’s doors and windows, make sure the former are sturdy and easy to open and close. That said you might lean towards installing folding glass doors. Such doors can mean an array of glass options, help you with temp controls in areas of the home and offer great views. No matter what you upgrade in the home, you are on your way to one heck of a place to call your own.
3. Appreciate the opportunity – Last, remember that not everyone can afford a home today. As such, appreciate the opportunity you have been given. Even if you have a fair amount of work on your hands, it is still your home at the end of the day.
In turning a fixer upper into your dream home, where will the changes begin?