This is the story of my first home. I am an absolute sucker for fixer uppers and this was no exception. I bought that house for $59,000 in February 2010. It was the sweetest little house–3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a family room and a fenced backyard, it sat next to a park and was close to my family. From the first time I walked into that house, I knew it had lots of potential. It also had a lot of problems. A. LOT. Besides the cosmetic issues, it needed a complete electrical upgrade, new water heater, new furnace, the bathtub had rusted through at the drain and was leaking into the crawl space…the list was LONG.
Fortunately at that time, I got a first time home buyers tax credit and used that money to do a lot of repairs. I also have a very skilled family which definitely helped to offset the costs. The rest of the repairs happened over time. The cosmetic changes–a lot of elbow grease.
I owned that house for 6 years and I’m happy to say that in June 2016, we received an offer in ONE DAY and sold it for $87,000! Had we not outgrown that house, I would still live there today. It was a treasure and I had wonderful neighbors. Ready to see the before and after pics?
Here’s what all we did to the house:
Electrical upgrade and rewire
New water heater
Vapor barrier in crawl space
Complete bathroom and kitchen renovation
New gutters and soffits
Removed old carpet, restored original hardwood floors in front of house, replaced carpet in back of the house (addition)
New paint and trim
New exterior doors
New walls in master bedroom