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Shows like HGTVs “Fixer Upper” have popularized the idea of buying and renovating the worst house on the best block. Homes that need major remodeling, however, aren’t for everyone. Sometimes a move-in ready house is a better option. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of each.
Pros of Fixer-Uppers
- Lower price – Homes that require some updating tend to be priced lower, and many renovations can quickly add value to your home.
- Creative control – When you’re the one in charge of updating your home, you can customize it however you choose.
Cons of Fixer- Uppers
- Delayed move-in – The planning and work involved to fix up can significantly delay your move-in date.
- Unexpected cost – No matter how well you plan, major renovations are always subject to unforeseen expenses.
Pros of Move-In Ready
- Quick move in – Can’t wait to begin nesting? With a finished home, you can start moving in as soon as you get your keys.
- Energy-efficient technology – New and renovated homes are often outfitted with the latest energy-efficient options when it comes to kitchen appliances and heating and cooling systems which can save you move over time.
Cons of Move- In ready
- More expensive – To recoup the cost of updating, seller often price move – ready homes much higher. These homes also don’t allow for easy customization.
- Questionable quality – When you’re not there to oversee the update process, you’re unable to ensure that high-quality work and materials are used for your home.
Still not sure which approach is right for you? Take this quiz to help you decide if you’re ready for a fixer upper.
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