Buying a Fixer Upper in Minnesota
There are so many shows on HGTV that are geared towards buying a fixer upper that needs work and gaining equity or a profit. They make it look pretty easy and low risk, but this is not always the case. While you can make a nice profit buying a fixer-upper in Minnesota, you need to have the property completely evaluated by professionals, such as real estate agents, inspectors, and contractors.This way you will know what needs to be repaired, how much it will cost, and what the after repair value (ARV) will be once you are all done. Buying a fixer upper can be a great investment, but it can also become a money pit, very quickly. Here are some thing to think about before buying a fixer-upper in Minnesota.
Things to Consider When Buying a Fixer Upper
Here are some of the main things to consider when buying a fixer upper in Minnesota.
Hire a realtor
There are many Realtors out there! If you are thinking about buying a property that is in need of repair, be sure to hire a real estate agent that is knowledgeable with fixer upper properties in Minnesota. Your agent will help you to find properties that have rehab potential. They should know the market you are in and the prices in your market. This way they will know what properties are priced right and what the after repair value will be once all of the repairs are finished. They should also act as your first line of defense on the condition of the property in regards to condition and price. They will also know how you plan to finance the purchase and if the house will meet the lenders guidelines.
Get an inspection
A good home inspector can be worth their weight in gold! They will go over your potential house with a fine toothed comb! They should be able to tell you all off the issues that are going on with the house. They will inspect, foundations, siding, doors, windows, landscaping, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, appliances, etc. This will give you a list of items that need to be done, items that could be done, and items that might need to be done in the near future. In addition to issues they should teach you about things in your house that you will need to maintain as part of home ownership.
What Projects Can you Finish
The inspection will tell you all the major things that will need to be completed. If they are big projects such as plumbing, electrical, foundation, etc. you will probably have to hire an experienced contractor and we will get to that next. The projects that most people should undertake when buying a fixer upper are usually cosmetic things such as, painting, flooring, minor kitchen and bathroom upgrades, fixtures. etc.
Get Bids from Contractors
On the bigger projects that you are unwilling or unable to do yourself, you will need to hire a contractor. When hiring a contractor be sure to get at least 3 bids for every project and let the contractor know that you are getting multiple bids! This helps to make sure they come in with their best price. You will be amazed at the difference in bid amounts for the same project. I often see differences of thousands of dollars for the same project. Also make sure that any contractor that you hire is licensed, bonded, and insured! Finally see if they are able to provide references for similar work.
Do you Want to Live in a House Under Construction?
Living in a construction zone can be very difficult and dirty. Depending on the projects you might not have a completely functioning house and this can be very difficult. For instance you might be redoing a bathroom and not have a functioning toilet or shower. Maybe you are fixing your kitchen and wont have counter tops or cabinets. If you have hired out some of the work to be done, you will have unknown people working in your house. Be prepared for a lot of dust and noise. If any of these things make you cringe, it might be best to live somewhere else while the work is being done.
How Long Will it Take?
Be realistic on how long the projects will take. I often say how ever long you think it will take…double it! This is especially true if you are doing the work yourself and have other obligations outside of fixing your house. You will come home tired and its easy to say, “I will just work on it tomorrow!”
What is the After Repair Value?
This is the most important thing to know! You want to make sure all of your hard work is going to be worth it. This is where your Realtor comes back into play have them do a market analysis with all of your proposed repairs and upgrades included. You need to be sure this number is greater than your purchase price + cost of repairs. This is where people most often get in trouble. They spend too much money on fixes that don’t add much value to the house, so make sure you know your numbers.
If after all of this, you are still interested in buying a fixer upper in Minnesota, please contact a Greenlaw Realty agent today. We can also set you up with a list of fixer upper properties emailed to you daily!