You may have watched those fixer-upper shows where houses are completely transformed. It may be a dream of yours to buy a house like that and transform it into the home of your dreams. But a word of caution—a fixer-upper is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t have these qualities, perhaps it would be better to build your dream home from scratch.
One of the essential skills you need is the ability to do things yourself. Do you like to craft? Follow YouTube videos to learn new skills? Have you ever built a bookshelf, or replaced a door by yourself—without hiring a professional? Being handy with a hammer and knowing a little bit about essential everyday tools will help you be able to transform your fixer-upper and help you in a pinch if one of the projects goes wrong. But if you’ve never even held a hammer before, a fixer-upper may not be the home for you.
Another trait you need is patience. There are always things that go wrong when you work on a long-term project like a home. For example, your roof shingles might be falling off. There are lots of reasons why roof shingles keep falling off. It might be the wind keeps yanking them up and blowing them down. It might be that they were never properly nailed to the house in the first place. If any little setback drives you bonkers, and you don’t have the patience for a long-term project, then buying a fixer-upper may not be the best option for you.
Fixing a home takes thinking outside the box and creativity. There is not a one-size fits all solution to fixing a fixer-upper. You may run into unforeseeable problems when you start working on the house. But a little creativity can help you design your dream home. For example, a little creativity can help you use the leftover wood you bought from fixing the stairs and turn it into a custom bookshelf. A little creativity can help you take problems in your fixer-upper and make them into a masterpiece.
A fixer-upper may sound like a cheap way to get a house, but it’s not for everyone. If you aren’t handy with tools or have the patience and creativity to take on a long-term project, a fixer-upper is probably not for you.
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