Fixer Upper Or Move In Ready Home

Dated: 06/09/2016

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Shows like HGTV's "Fixer Upper" have popularized the idea of buying and renovating the worst house on the best block. Homes that need major remodeling, however, aren't for everyone. Sometimes a move-in ready house is a better option. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, it's important to understand the pros and cons of each.

Pros of Fixer-Uppers

  • Lower price -- Homes that require some updating tend to be priced lower, and many renovations can quickly add value to your home.

  • Creative control -- When you're the one in charge of updating your home, you can customize it however you choose.

Cons of Fixer-Uppers

  • Delayed move-in -- The planning and work involved to fix it up can significantly delay your move-in date.

  • Unexpected costs -- No matter how well you plan, major renovations are always subject to unforeseen expenses.

Pros of Move-In Ready

  • Quick move-in -- Can't wait to begin nesting? With a finished home, you can start moving in as soon as you get your keys.

  • Energy-efficient technology -- New and renovated homes are often outfitted with the latest energy-efficient options when it comes to kitchen appliances and heating and cooling systems, which can save you money over time.

Cons of Move-In Ready

  • More expensive -- To recoup the costs of updating, sellers often price move-in ready homes much higher. These homes also don't allow for easy customization.

  • Questionable quality -- When you're not there to oversee the update process, you're unable to ensure that high-quality work and materials are used for your home.

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