Fixing up a Fixer-Upper: Bringing to Life a New Home on an Old Foundation.
Thinking about starting a fixer-upper? You're taking the charm of an old, outdated, home, and bringing it back to life. Sounds great, right? The process is fun to think about, but what's the reality of a fixer-upper? and what do you need to know before venturing into your first project? We're going to break down all the details for you, so you don't even have to think about it. Here are our top 5 tips on Fixing up a Fixer-Upper.
HGTV makes it look so easy, right? It's so easy to get sucked into the world of home renovation and think, "yea, I can do that! Easy." No? Just me? Unfortunately, these shows have massive production teams and I have my husband and a hammer. If you're planning a fixer-upper, let me be the first to tip my hat to you. This is not an easy task and I'm more than impressed with you. So what's the first step, you might ask? Well, let me tell you.
One: Set a FIRM Budget
I say this in every blog, and I'll shout it to the mountains one more time: set a firm budget! This has to be step numero uno because everything else you do is based around that budget. If you don't know how much money you can spend, then how will you know when to stop? The answer is. You don't. You'll find yourself three months into a project and realize that you've exhausted all possible financial outlets and can't go any farther. Then, you're stuck in a half-done home, broke, and sad. Do yourself a favor and set a budget. Your future self will thank you.
Two: Save the Original Detail!
If you just bought a beautiful mid-century home, keep the detail, friend! It'll add charm and markup the value of your house if you choose to sell it. Plus, any details that you can salvage (like the original wood floors or shiplap behind the crusty drywall) will probably save you hundreds if not thousands of precious dollars.
Three: Check the Heating and Air
You don't want to get through your whole project and realize that you have horrible heating and air. Anytime you purchase a home, it will require a thorough check of your heating and air. If you bought an older home, you might have a furnace instead of central heating. Hopefully you can fix any problems without any extra costs. You might also have an issue if your home has an air conditioning wall unit (these rack up your electric bill so you might want to consider installing central air.
Four: Be Careful When Restoring Damaged Plaster
During a fixer-upper, you'll want to make sure that you're matching the existing plaster. You'll need to replicate the consistency and use the same tools. This is where a professional can come in and help you make the final product look like it was apart of the original. Contact us for more info on pricing and availability! Our team would be more than happy to help you and provide you with a free quote!
Five: Make Sure that You Test for Led Paint
Homes that were build before 1978 could have led-based paint which is harmful to your kids and any expecting mothers. A good rule of thumb is to test for led paint if the home if more than 40 years old. If you do have led paint, you'll need to hire a certified led abatement contractor. Not all homes build before 1978 have this issue, but it's better to be safe, than sorry.
We hope this list was helpful to you! Check out our other blog posts for more info on home renovation and how to cut costs in your home!