Fixer Upper or Downer?

Feeling overwhelmed looking at the many, many houses for sale in Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, and Union City I decided to pare down the choices by selecting houses using a certain criteria. So I looked at ‘fixer-uppers’ and found there are quite a few of those as well. And they are very enticing because we all like to increase our bank balance, right?

Well, I have to tell you, I am torn between fixing up my own house before I sell it, and wanting to fix up someone else’s house when I buy it. I recently contracted to have new vinyl floors installed in a couple of rooms and have the rest of the house re-carpeted. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, let’s just say it took twice as long as we expected with a few unplanned surprises along the way. You can NOT judge a book by its cover when it comes to buying a house. All the ‘curb appeal’ in the world will not prepare you for what contractors will find hidden in the bowels of a house.

So I’ve decided to embark on a journey into the world of ‘fixer uppers’ to see what that really entails. I want to know how to maneuver (sleuth) through finding out the history of a ‘fixer upper’ all the way through to finding a contractor that will understand that I might just be buying a fixer upper because I can’t afford a brand-spanking new house?!? So over the next few weeks I will be sharing my ‘quest for the ring’ with you. I will also include some of the more interesting (precious) fixer-uppers I find in my area. Stay tuned!

Real Estate Terminology:
Bridging – Wood or metal pieces used to brace floor joists.