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Would You Buy a Fixer Upper?

When you have more skills than funds, a fixer-upper can be the perfect solution to your housing dilemmas. Talented home renovators can avoid the costs associated with hiring workers to put in wood floors, replace cabinets, and tear out walls.

My brother and sister-in-law are currently fixing up their farmhouse, and have just laid red oak floors throughout the living space. Last Spring, they raised the ceilings, replaced insulation, and installed a skylight (seen here). They'll be the first to tell you, though, that all of those monetary savings add up to a lot of late nights, busy weekends, and sore muscles.

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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
My house was built in 1921. So far, I've had the basement finished and added a bathroom. I'm planning on remodeling the main floor bathroom and having the floors redone and the carpets changed. Then I'm going to sell and buy a house that is NOT a fixer-upper. Preferably an old house that has been updated well.
Deidre Deidre 7 years
Looking to buy our first home now -- we're definitely not wanting to deal with a fixer-upper for our first endeavor! I can handle some cosmetic changes, but wouldn't be monetarily able to handle gutting a kitchen or bathroom. Maybe someday...
doogirl doogirl 7 years
I used to think I wanted a fixer upper, but then we bought our house and it was brand new, we were the first people to live in it, and now I know that I'll never buy a fixer upper! Older houses do have a lot of personality and they are quite beautiful, but I like knowing that I can plug in my computer, hair dryer, and have the TV on and my house won't burn down!
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
My house was built in 1920! It doesn't need a ton of work though. I would love to buy and fix up homes. I think it would be a great job & I'd love the new set of challenges for each place.
Peggasus Peggasus 7 years
Our first house (we don't live there anymore) is 100 years old this year, and we bought it when it was about 85 years old. We (with major help from my then newly-retied father) did A LOT on that place: new floors, added a bathroom, remodeled another (with real plaster), tiled floors, refinished cabinets, re-wired, re-plumbed, added built in shelves...whew, it makes me tired just thinking about it. We were younger then. Our next house was much newer, but I still have fond memories of the old place. And my two sons were born while we lived there. I'd love to see it again someday!
weffie weffie 7 years
I'm looking for one right now actually, the first home I bought was in a subdivision and I really didn't like the vibe... It feels like your house has no personality when all your neighbours' houses are exactly the same! I'm really keen to get something a bit quirky to make my own... I'm pretty handy (for a girl at least lol) but I also work in a contractor's office so I can get deals on the jobs that are too much for me to handle.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
It has always been a dream of mine to rennovate an older home.
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