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Your Budget And Buying A Fixer Upper Home

Apr 18, 2008
Many people buy fixer upper homes thinking that they will make a huge profit when they resell it. Although it can happen, usually you make a smaller profit than what you may think. This is because some people when buying a home that needs fixing up are unsure of exactly what is entailed and unfamiliar with the kind of budget it will take to do the repairs. Estimating what it could cost you will show a more realistic profit potential and help stop you from actually overspending and thus not making a profit at all.

When you first consider buying a fixer upper, be sure to add up every cost that you will need to spend for renovation. This includes large items, such as replacing the roof, to little items like buying a door for a closet. All the little costs that don't seem like they add up to much can break a budget very quickly if you do not factor them in to the total cost.

Don't neglect the cost of labor if you aren't doing the work yourself. As you look at house under consideration, take all these cost factors into consideration before making an offer on the home so that you have any chance of making a decent profit when you resell.

You mainly want a home that includes decorative renovations rather than major, time-consuming, and expensive renovations. Such improvements do not cost very much, and they can bring in a substantial profit for relatively little work and investment.

When hiring someone to do the renovations, you will need to supervise them well. Besides potentially doing the renovations poorly - which could quickly add more expense - you need to ensure the person you hire remains on schedule. This is one of the common losses in profit. If it takes much longer than expected to complete the house work, you could be slowly eating into your profits and may even run into a change in the real estate market.

You need to also evaluate the location in which the house resides and figure the house's market value after all the renovations have been completed. By subtracting the repair costs from that, you should begin to gain a clearer picture of the profit potential and what would be the best offer for the home. After that, though, subtract yet another 10% to factor in any emergency costs you are not expecting. Those unexpected costs come up more frequently than you might imagine.

By subtracting all these estimated costs, you should be able to figure out your initial offer for the house and determine if it is worth buying as an investment. If after your homework you anticipate little or no profit, you may need to face the fact that it is not worth it. (Don't allow an emotional attachment to the house cloud your judgment!) However, if you conclude the profit can be significant while remaining within your budget, then it may be worth making the plunge.

Don't be afraid to study your budget closely and compare it frequently against what you are spending. It is the best way to be sure that you are making the right choices for maximum profit.
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