The prospect of purchasing a fixer-upper can seem like the greatest DIY project that anyone could ever take on. Besides being a bargain buy, it is also a wide-open opportunity to draft the home of your dreams. However, when proper planning is not in place, renovations often end in overextended budgets, frustration, disenchantment and even regret.
Being prepared for what a home renovation really entails is the key to avoiding those pitfalls — and bringing that property back to life. So, what can you (and should you) expect when embarking on taking your fixer-upper from drab to fab?
Get Ready for a Ride
When you buy a fixer upper, you make different types of investments. In addition to monetary commitments, you will also spend time and energy on the forthcoming project. Materials might not come in on time or bad weather may delay an installation. Prepare yourself that when opening up the walls of an older home you might find plumbing issues, old wiring, or mold.
Prepare for Replacements
Fixer-upper homes are properties that need a little TLC, if not a lot of it. You should be ready to repair or replace appliances and other mainstay fixtures, such as furnaces and water heaters. Right off the top, incorporate these reparative possibilities into your preliminary budget. Take care to inspect the home’s infrastructure by evaluating the property’s electrical wiring, plumbing and foundation. Depending on how extensive the repairs or replacements are means the difference between landing safely within your spending parameters — or way outside of your budgetary means.
Build a Team
Renovating is by no means a one-person project. You will need a team. This is the part where choosing the right design-build firm comes in handy. At Renewal Design-Build, it’s our job to take the pressure off of you – the homeowner – and spearhead your renovation from start to finish. From repairing the home’s foundation to hanging window treatments, you won’t have to worry about a single thing when you’re working with us. Sure, there are plenty of small projects around the house that are fitting for you to handle yourself. But when it comes to your entire home – when comfort and even resale value are at stake – you’ll want to enlist the help of professionals who know exactly what to do.
Contact us today by calling 404-378-6962. We’d love to discuss how our team can bring your fixer-upper back to life!