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Fixer Uppers - What To Look For And What To Avoid

Aug 17, 2007
The benefits of real estate investments are extraordinary. Good return on investment, assured profit, and tax deductibles together make it a highly lucrative form of investment. With reasonable research and good planning, there is very little room for losses. However, the type and condition of the property, and the location are the deciding factors for getting a good price for your assets. Not all properties have the potential to become good fixer-uppers. Caution is the name of the game when selecting an investment property.

The selection process includes selecting properties that are compatible with the suburb and those which do not require major structural changes or repairs. For instance, if you were impressed by a very modern looking house, but the area is better known for its traditional timber homes, there is no point in pursuing that house.

Such a house may come at a low price but may not be a very profitable investment. What matters most is what sells in the market and what it demands. Once you are able to understand the market requirements, it is easier to select properties that can give you a profitable business.

Many fail to see the potential of old, deteriorating houses to give you huge capital gains. If the area is good, old houses fetch very good prices after renovation and have the potential of becoming very profitable fixer-uppers. However, you must ensure that the house does not require any structural repairs and can be fixed through a quick cosmetic makeover.

Major structural repairs involve a lot of money and time and do not promise a profitable deal. An exception to this is the addition or removal of a wall in the house. Besides, it may also involve seeking prior approval from concerned authorities. If you are purchasing a fixer-upper for the sole purpose of selling it, then holding it too long may increase the risk of losing money due to fluctuating market trends.

Thus, properties that can be immediately sold after minor changes and renovation have more potential to generate profits. Minor alterations such as painting, landscaping, changing accessories, using carpets and curtains can be give your house the much needed makeover to attract potential buyers.

Cosmetic makeovers have their own limitations and cannot cover up a poor floor plan. The fixer-upper you intend to buy must have a practical floor plan. Buyers are generally not very eager to buy properties with a bad layout even if they are big and inexpensive. However, minor changes to a layout can significantly boost a property value.

It is important to inspect the fixer-upper before purchasing it. For instance, if you are planning to buy a wooden home, it is important to conduct a termite and pest inspection. You can also hire a professional inspector to look into the minute details.
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