Before Taking on a Fixer-Upper Right Now Consider These Current Issues

Fixing up a property can be a fun, fulfilling experience for many homeowners. But fixer-uppers can be challenging in the best of times—and with some of the challenges in today’s market, this doesn’t exactly qualify as “the best of times.”

A recent article from realtor.com outlined some of the reasons why now might not be the best time to buy a fixer-upper property, including:

  • Material costs are high… The pandemic has created a high demand for home renovations, which has sent the prices for materials through the roof, doubling—or even tripling—in many cases. So, the renovations that you need to make on a fixer-upper property? They’re likely to cost significantly more than they would have at this time last year.
  • …and crews are busy. The demand for home renovations also has many contractors booked out for months—which means that, if you buy a fixer-upper, you could have to wait a significant period of time to start tackling projects.
  • There’s a higher risk for issues. Any property could have issues you don’t notice on your initial viewing—but the risk of safety, environmental, or inspection-related issues is much higher for older homes that need a lot of work.

The Takeaway:

Bottom line? There are definite challenges associated with buying a fixer-upper in today’s real estate market—and buying a new construction or a newer home with fewer necessary repairs is probably going to be a safer bet. But if you’re set on making a fixer-upper purchase? Talk to your real estate agent. They can help you better understand the challenges associated with buying a fixer upper—and help you get a plan in place for navigating those challenges.

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