Disheveled To Dazzling: Taking On A Fixer-Upper

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Hello darlings!

More and more people are choosing to take on a fixer-upper in pursuit of their dream home. When you buy a brand new home, there’s a limit to what you can do and how much value you can add. With a project, you have scope to inject your own style, and you could increase the value of the property significantly. There are lots of advantages to buying a house that isn’t in pristine condition, but there are also pitfalls. Here are some simple tips to help you turn a disheveled house into a dazzling home.


Budgeting basics
When you buy a fixer-upper, it’s essential to keep your eye on the ball when it comes to financing your plans. It’s not as simple as buying the house and paying for a new extension, for example. You’ll need to factor in the cost of all renovation and redecoration work as well as the agreed purchase price and sale fees. Get some quotes from building firms, and set yourself a realistic budget for interior design. You can spend any amount of money on furniture, kitchen units and flooring, so make sure your plans fit in with your budget and choose styles and materials that are affordable. Keep a record of everything you’ve spent, and make copies of invoices and receipts.

Priority jobs
When you’re planning a large-scale renovation, it can be tempting to focus on the end result, but it’s really important to get your priorities right. There’s no point in spending hours trawling the Internet for tiles for the bathroom or cupboards for the kitchen when the house is full of old furniture, broken washing machines, and rubbish and the wallpaper is peeling off the walls. Often, once you’ve drawn up plans with builders and architects, the best thing to do is clear the site. This will give you a much better idea of the space you have available, and it will enable you to move onto the next stage of the process. If you’re keen to get started as quickly as possible, call in favors from friends and family, get all hands on deck and take a look at www.samedayrubbishremoval.com.au. The sooner you can get rid of everything you don’t want, the better. Once the site is clear, you can start thinking about building or knocking down walls, laying down flooring, and plastering ceilings. We did this to our house - we lived in another apartment at the time and could afford to wait a little - and I have never regretted it!

Adding value
When you’re considering what to do with your new home, it’s beneficial to think about how you could add value. You want to create a gorgeous home, but you also want to protect, and hopefully, grow your investment. Examples of value-adding renovations include creating a large, spacious kitchen, adding a conservatory, converting lofts and basements and adding an extra bathroom. For more information and helpful tips, check out http://www.moneycrashers.com/7-home-improvements-to-increase-its-value/.

Are you about to begin the process of creating the home of your dreams? If you’ve bought an old house, you’re probably experiencing a mixture of emotions. You’ll be excited about the end result, but perhaps a little apprehensive about the work involved. Hopefully, this guide will come in handy and help you turn a disheveled house into a dazzling new home. My parents gave us our house and it was the definition of fixer upper so if you need any advice, information or just a shoulder to cry on, contact me! Maybe I can help :)


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  1. Our house had been a fixed up fixer upper when we got it, so everything was new. It was nice not to have any work to do :)

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    1. Yes it is nice! I am happy for you :)

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  2. This is an great concept of a fixer upper. Adding value to our homes is so important.

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  3. My house was such a fixer upper when we bought it, but I am so thankfull we did!Everything is exactly how we wanted it!

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  4. The TV shows always make a fixer-upper renovation look so easy. These are great realistic tips to keep in mind if you're planning on buying one.

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    1. Well they are easy if you have the money to hire a lot of professionals, if you don't it's not that easy. Thanks Shannon!

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  5. I love seeing before/afters of any fixer-upers - hence why I adore HGTV - ha ha! My husband wants to tackle something like this in our future - but I am so on the fence cause it's totally a lot of work!

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    1. Yes, definitely a lot of work! But so worth it!

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  6. We bought a home for the first time last year. It's not really a fixer upper though, but we do plan on making changes throughout the years.

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    1. Changes make it more ours doesn't it?

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  7. We bought a fixer-upper before and it turned out looking fantastic. The renovation process was a nightmare. You never know what you will find until you start. I suggest you add 2 weeks to the timeline you are given.

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  8. I don't make much changes to my place but I love watching all those before after pictures, it is just so surprising and interesting how a place can look bigger, brighter, and more beautiful.

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  9. I think that getting a fixer upper is a great idea. Especially if like you said you can add value to the home that is handy x

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  10. My weekends are spent binge watching HGTV. I love before and after. Remodeling is my hobby.

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  11. We've long been renovators and budgeting is so important. Not only creating the budget, but actually sticking to it. That's always the hardest part

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    1. Yes it is, we struggled with that in our house!

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  12. So helpful. I think my parents are starting theirs. The budgeting is so important and these tips are so helpful. What a great blog post and thanks for sharing these.

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  13. If I had some extra money, I'd like to refurbish and resell. I think it would be time-consuming, but fun.

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    1. It's so much fun and if you know the right people it can bring a nice profit too!

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  14. It's nice to be able to fix your home up and add value to it, also to personalize it in a way that would help you incorporate your style in the house too. The budget will always be there, it's important to know how much you can fix and at what cost.

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    1. I couldn't agree more about the budget.

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  15. Indeed adding value to your home is a big check for me! Hopefully I can renovate my parents house and fix in accordingly.

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    1. If I can do it so can you! Best of luck!

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  16. A fixer upperer sounds really helpful to be honest! I need one at my house! Love the idea of increasing the value of your home! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx

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  17. I can't wait to own my house so I can make it my own. Paint the rooms the color I want and stuff. However, that is as far as my talents go. I would need to hire people to do the rest of fixing up.

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    1. It's great that you want to DIY the painting though
      Kudos

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  18. This post was certainly food for thought. I am currently renting a flat but certainly when i buy my own place, I hope to really invest in it and increase the value. Customize to suit me and my taste. Thanks for this post!

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    1. I hope you'll get to own a house soon!

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  19. I have always thought a fixer upper would be a fun proj, but in reality I don't think I could do it lol... I'm too lazy lol

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    1. It's not for anyone, don't feel bad :)

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  20. A fixer upper is a great investment. You can design your home to your likings.

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  21. I love the idea of a fixer upper. My fear is finding something so bad it would cost my whole budget to fix it!

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    1. Yeah, you should take advice from a pro before you buy it!

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  22. Very informative! Hubby and I plans to have a major renovation to our house next year, we are taking our time to have careful plans and thanks for these useful tips!

    Pammy - joyfulsource.com

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  23. informative post. I always love to see beautiful house transformation.

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  24. Really great post. I've actually been thinking about buying property and renting it out. This definitely gave me some ideas.

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  25. There are definitely pros and cons to getting a fixer upper home, most importantly adding value and getting things done in your own style. Which is great if you plan to stick it out for a while.
    XO, MJ
    http://www.lush-fab-glam.com

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