The Fixer House – Check your attitude
Published: January 07 2010
Refer to previous posts for Step 1 and Step 2
Step 3: Check your attitude
You’ve heard the expression “Get ‘er done” – I think it comes from Larry the Cable Guy. This “get ‘er done” attitude is what it takes- keep plowing ahead, know your budget, don’t underdo or overdo it.
How good does it have to be? Look at comparably priced new construction, the quality of paint, floor covering, hardware. Your fixer house has to look great for about 30 minutes- that’s about how long the buyers will spend looking before making up their mind to buy. If a proposed improvement won’t pay for itself or make a dramatic visual impact, you should probably leave it out. Don’t try cut too many corners, the appraiser and home inspector will be the ultimate judge of the safety, functionality, and value of the home. Again, call on your real estate agent for advice on what it takes to sell the home.
You might be surprised at the energy you’ll find if you haven’t worked on your own before. Long days at a job can seem interminable, a long day on your own project should finish with ”admiration time”- a look at what was accomplished for the day.