Purchasing a property is a considerable investment, and it can be a difficult choice to get right. Do you go for a brand new plot and watch your house come to life before your eyes, or indulge in history and pick a creaky old property? One option which is becoming increasingly popular is the fixer-upper. 

A fixer-upper is just what it sounds like a home which requires a little work. These repairs may be small, such as redecoration, or more significant such as a revamp. A fixer-upper can be a great choice if you are looking for a challenge and doesn't have to break the bank. Not only will you be able to purchase the property for a lower price, but it is important to remember that Covenant Properties buys homes in all conditions, allowing you to sell and try again if you discover you’ve taken on a little more than you can handle. Here are some of the top pros and cons to a fixer-upper to help you make an informed choice.


Potential to add value

A fixer-upper gives you a blank shell, and there is the potential to add enormous value. Updating the kitchen or bathroom, or adding a new conservatory or bedroom is an easy way to increase the value of the property, and gives you the chance to reap a hefty profit on your investment.

You get the chance for total customization

The blank canvas of a fixer-upper is one of the major appeals—you can truly put your own stamp on the place, and create something unique and individual. No matter how quirky your tastes, you have the opportunity to indulge every whim in a space which is completely yours. 

An affordable start

Whether you are looking to get on the property ladder, or have been priced out of your dream neighborhood, a fixer-upper offers a chance to get your foot in the door at a price you can afford. They often come in at a much more affordable price and can be an ideal way in.


Usually go over-budget

One of the appeals of a fixer-upper is, of course, the low price, but it is important to remember that these projects have a reputation for going way over budget. It is important always to have some extra cushioning in the bank to protect you in the event of an unexpected cost, and be prepared to stretch your budget.

It can become a burden

As a general rule, buyers are advised not to invest in a fixer-upper unless they are planning to stay for at least five years. Without a long-term goal in mind, it is easy to become disillusioned with building your dream home once the reality sets in.

It takes tenacity and determination to make this a reality, and you will need to get used to living in a building site for a while—remember that the end result will be worth it! Experts also advise that you outsource as much as possible to save your relationship too much strain—loving partners, co-workers, and builders can cause damage which is best avoided.