Whether the market is up or down (and particularly if it’s down), buying a “fixer-upper” and updating it can prove to be a profitable venture. As with any real estate investment, however, it’s wise to enter with eyes wide open. Knowledge and caution will help you avoid common pitfalls.
The ideal candidate for such a purchase would be priced roughly 30 percent below the value of nearby homes, and located in a community with low crime rates and good schools. The only thing you can’t repair or improve is a poor location.
And just because you can improve almost anything doesn’t mean that you should! Avoid homes in need of truly major (and unprofitable) repairs such as the foundation, structural plumbing, or complete kitchen and bath renovations. Because these features are simply expected by buyers, they won’t necessarily add any value to your offering.
Another aspect that is often overlooked is your fixer-upper’s proximity to where you live. Keep it within an hour’s drive, because you’ll want (and need) to check in regularly, probably daily, while your repairs and renovations are in progress. The cost of fuel is high enough these days that you don’t want to blow your profits on your gas tank!
There are many fine homes being offered at lower prices by motivated sellers. Don’t overlook the opportunity these properties present!
Bennington VT, Investment