What to Think About Before Buying a Fixer Upper

If you are in the market for buying a East Mesa home and you want to buy a fixer upper, there are many things to consider before you do so. While a fixer upper may be cost effective in the listing price, you may get more than you bargained for if there are more issues than you expected. You may want to remodel the kitchen or bathrooms, but what about all of the other, more expensive aspects that you can’t change with a few extra dollars. Here are some things to think about before you buy a fixer upper.

what to think about before buying a fixer upper

When you buy a Las Sendas home that was built before 1978, you might want to be cautions. These houses were prone to using lead paint which can be extremely hazardous until it is chipped and flaking. The paint can be found in the siding of your home, or even on the inside of your house. It can even be used in the paint in the ceilings, the kitchens, bathrooms, and even door jams. Unfortunately, it is not mandatory for sellers to disclose whether or not there is lead in the paint, but you can request a lead dust wipe analysis as a contingency in the contract. If the home is rampant with lead, then it’s probably best to move on and look for a different home that has the same amenities you are looking for.

Another thing to watch out for is asbestos. If it is not metal, wood, or glass, asbestos can be present anywhere. They’re most commonly used in vinyl tiles and popcorn ceilings, but they can also be found in insulations, specialty textures and appliance components. If the house you are looking at was built or remodeled before 1881, then it could be present in the materials that were used. You want to get the home tested, but you have to get permission first, as the asbestos test is highly destructive and it is a harmful substance.

The last thing you want to see when you are looking for a fixer upper is mold. This can be a tricky thing to take care of and can be hazardous to your health. Mold can cause a dry, scratchy throat, eye irritation, asthma symptoms, and more. When you are looking for mold, check the baseboards. This is a common hiding place for mold, and they are easy to cover up. So the previous owner may have done so in order to make a sale. The best way to tell if there is mold present in your fixer upper is the smell. Mold is frequently accompanied with a musty smell, so have the house inspector do a very thorough search.

Looking for structural issues in the fixer upper is also important. Make sure the roof isn’t sagging, because this could be a sign that the bones of the house are not strong enough to hold it up. This can be a dangerous and costly repair, because the roof could collapse. This, along with uneven floors can be a deal breaker when you try to buy a fixer upper. Also, make sure you look into the electrical box. If the wiring is a complete and utter mess, you’ll need to have this fixed too, as improper wiring could cause a house fire, which is not uncommon with wiring problems.

a fixer upper home in mesa finishedFinally, you should talk to the planning department before you start to renovate your fixer upper. There are many rules and regulations, and if you look at a house with the intention of making big changes, you might want to think twice before getting that house. If you want to add a bathroom, there’s a small chance that the water department won’t let that happen. If you are planning on giving your home some additional square footage, there is a limit to what you can do before you have to start adding other amenities that aren’t in your current budget.

If you are looking to buy a fixer upper and need the proper realty representation, come to Coldwell Banker Northeast Mesa. Friendly professionals have what it takes to get you the deal of a lifetime. We won’t let you walk into the money trap of a fixer upper without first finding out all the details. Coldwell Banker Northeast Mesa will protect your investment and help you turn your fixer upper into your dream home.

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Coldwell Banker Trails and Paths
2913 N Power Rd. Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85215

Office: (480) 355-4700
Email: ron.brown@trailsandpaths.com
Website: http://eastmesa.co

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