(Closed) Updated House or Fixer Upper?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: Which would you choose?
    Smaller but Updated House in Crummy School District : (12 votes)
    10 %
    Large Fixer Upper in Best Neighborhood & School District : (112 votes)
    90 %
  • Post # 3
    10714 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’d definitely choose the 2nd house. I like the outside and inside better and with it being in a better area  I’d be sold! Were looking for a fixer upper in the first place though so I might have clouded judgement in this case.  (You should see the type of fixer uppers were looking at… the nice end of the houses were looking at don’t even compare to either of these houses hehehe)

    Post # 4
    817 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    The second house has so much character and charm! I vote #2!!

    Post # 5
    8042 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I’d get the second one. I think good school and good neighborhood is most important, and it really doesn’t look like a fixer upper to me lol. I expected some ramshackle old thing! I love the second house – it’s beautiful.

    I am amazed at what kind of homes you can buy for that price. Wow. In my area of Canada you can buy a crappy bungalow for $250,000.

    I guess whichever house you buy, just make sure you save some money each month for repairs. Houses are expensive and things can go wrong even if the place is brand new.

    Post # 6
    2891 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I vote house #2 because you plan to have kids there and schooling is oh so important a consideration. I also hate the stairs off the living room in #1. Even with gating that off the kids will throw toys down the stairs all day long. Frustrating! lol

    The price difference is that much honestly and location is everything. Bad neighborhoods tend to get worse not better.

    Those are my 2 cents for what it is worth.

    Post # 7
    2023 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I would honestly go for #2 if location is a big factor.  You can virtually do anything you want to the interior – but you can never ever change the location. 

    I think new paint, updated appliances and new light fixtures would change the look of the house dramatically!  Plus, that extra 318 square feet definitely helps.  #2 is actually listed at a lower price per square foot than #1 too – so youre getting more house for less.  It doesnt look like the floors/counter tops need to be replaced immediately either – so you could do that slowly… 

    Since the buyer is paying two mortgages – he/she is probably really motivated and would more than likely consider a lower price.

    My FH bought a fixer upper – and we’ve spent the last two weeks painting, taking off wallpaper, updating light fixtures and door knobs and now it looks like a new house!

    Good luck!!!

    Post # 8
    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Definitely the second house, you can fix a house and you cannot fix schools/neighborhoods (plus I think its more charming anyway).

    Post # 9
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I like #2. Although that kitchen is pretty small if you like to cook.

    Something that’s super important to me in house hunting is what my neighbors are like. I would love to have neighbors that have block parties and are young (20s, 30s). I just really want my kids to grow up with neighboring kids.

    Post # 10
    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    #2 definitely! (And that’s a “fixer upper”?!)

    Post # 11
    11271 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    location, location, location.  a good neighbourhood and school wins it for me every time.  you can always change the interior of a house but not location.

    think about resale up the road too.

    Post # 12
    6019 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2017

    Go with number 2! first of all it doesn’t look like the fixer upper I had imagined! its adorable inside and out. Most importantly though its in a great area which is really a top priority in my mind. good luck!

    Post # 13
    5766 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Definitely #2…and why on earth does anything under 10 years old NEED updating? It might not be your taste, but it certainly shouldn’t need much at all, unless its been trashed. My house is 40 years old and doesn’t need anything to make it look more modern, as everything they picked when building it wasn’t trendy to start with. Look beyond carpet and wall colors at the bones of the house, and decide if you like the layout of the rooms and the sizes and storage, as the rest is just fluff and can be done over time.

    The first house is ‘cute’, but the second is ‘stately’.

    Post # 14
    14494 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    #2, Resale will always be better in better school districts. 

    Post # 16
    2103 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    If you plan to have kids, then I’d definitely choose #2. It’s not like the fixing needs to be done immediately. It’s certainly livable as is! You can always update a house, but you can up and move it.

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