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Fixer Upper vs Prime Condition

What is your preference? Why?

(By fixer upper I mean fairly substantial work required to get it to be the house you want--redoing decks, knocking down walls, etc.)

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mrs_dragon
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
My husband's preference is for as little work as necessary. (Ie, paint but that's about it.) I would be okay with a little bit more work, but don't want a major overhaul.
bluebuckeye
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
We were originally looking for a fixer upper because that was what our price range was and they tended to be older homes (and we really wanted an old house) but we ended up getting an almost prime condition. I think honestly I'd have been fine with either. Mike though was less enthusiastic about the fixing up part.
blightology
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
No fixer-uppers for me. I'm not saying everything has to be perfect, but after a hard day at my job, the last thing I want to do is work hard on my house. Plus living in a constant dusty under-construction mess is not my idea of fun times. It actually makes me very very uneasy and unhappy.

My first house was not quite a "fixer upper" but it was 50 years old and not very well maintained -- it was all I could afford just to buy the thing and for a long time I was too poor to do anything major to it. I ended up living with a lot of less-than-ideal BS -- like showering in the basement because when the upstairs shower started leaking it cost too much to fix, etc. I really don't care to repeat that experience.
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belleweather
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
We're searching for a fixer-uper. Partially, that's a financial thing since we're really hoping to lower our housing costs by buying versus renting. But I think we'd want a fixer-uper anyway -- I want to be able to get everything exactly the way *I* want it, not the way someone else did.
grumpins
Apr. 5th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
This is exactly how we feel!
bluebuckeye
Apr. 5th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
This is why we wanted a fixer upper. We just got a really nice house with a kitchen that had been totally redone. But while it's nice, it is SOOO not my style and I don't really like it.
belleweather
Apr. 5th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I am SO PICKY about kitchens that I'm sort of looking for something where we've got an excuse to re-do the kitchen. A lot of the things that are popular in remodels thee days are like fingers on a blackboard to me (granite counter tops! We hates them, my precious!), so I'd way rather do it myself.
bluebuckeye
Apr. 6th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Yeah mine has dark wood cupboards and granite counter tops, where I've always wanted white cupboards with Corian counter tops. The exact opposite of my dream kitchen. :(
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grumpins
Apr. 5th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
We want a fixer upper because my husband and I have distinct tastes. If we bought something in prime condition, we'd still want to knock things down and make it into our own so why not go for something that needs that done anyway? Doesn't make sense to pay more for a house that is finished when we could save money by buying something that needs work that we can personalize and make our own.
greendayfan
Apr. 5th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
Not much work at all, if any. We're not handy like that, and we don't want to pay extra money for a professional to do it. I'd rather have everything right before we move in.
juke_box_dive
Apr. 5th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
I'm willing to accept something that is not quite prime. There are some things I'm willing to do (pay to have done, in some cases!)--replace carpeting, replace counter tops, paint, remove wallpaper, landscaping--personal things that would make a house seem more like my own. What I'm not willing to do is major renovations. Anything more than cosmetic is a deal breaker.
muliebrity
Apr. 6th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
I wouldn't mind a fixer, although since I just got into law school and intend to keep working full-time, that's probably not realistic. My husband wants total move-in readiness.
sonarafaey
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
In a perfect world I would want to move into a prime conditions house. However, I know that isn't very realistic for what we can afford, so we're considering houses that have very minimal, superficial work needed. Stuff like putting in new carpet or hardwood, new paint, and possible kitchen and bathroom upgrades.
glassmarble
Apr. 8th, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
I'm definitely not in the fixer-upper camp, at least not with my first house. I'm OK with painting (though I suck at it and need to learn how), perhaps even getting new carpeting, but I'm not interested in major renovations.

I am willing to spring for superficial changes in a kitchen. The biggest thing for me is putting in granite countertops if the current ones are worn, dated, or ugly. I'm kind of obsessed with how kitchens look.
nandy_pandy
Apr. 20th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
I don't think we could do a major overhaul. I had to live through my parents' disastrous kitchen reno; it's always more money and more hassle than you could ever expect. For our first place, we're probably going to want to do as little to the place as possible, although we wouldn't mind having to do minor work/upgrading or even finishing a basement... just nothing that requires knocking down and building back up for now.
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