What To Look For When Buying A Fixer Upper Home

Are you planning on buying a fixer-upper home in Austin Texas? If so, you’re not alone.

In 2022, many people see buying a fixer-upper home as a path to home ownership but, before just purchasing any property, you have to know what to look for.

 In this article, I’ll offer you several tips that you can use to effectively buy a fixer-upper home in Austin that’s not going to become a money pit.

Dry Rot

One of the first things to look for before purchasing a fixer-upper property in Austin Texas is dry rot.

This typically occurs when water gets into the frame of the house and the wood expands then contracts over time, weakening the structure of the home so that the only solution is to tear it down.

Foundation Issues

Besides dry rot, another thing to look for in a fixer-upper home is foundation issues.

Foundation issues like a cracked slab cannot be easily fixed and like dry rot, if a home has foundational issues, those issues May cost tens of thousands of dollars to be repaired or they may not be able to be repaired at all.

Old Plumbing

Another important thing to look for before purchasing a fixer-upper home in Austin Texas is old Plumbing.

If the house is between 50 and 75 years old, it may have galvanized steel pipes which are known to corrode over time.

Sadly, if the plumbing in the home needs to be completely redone, it’s entirely possible that the walls may need to be opened up in order for the plumbing to be completely replaced on each floor.

Search For A Home In Austin Texas

As a long time real estate agent, in Austin Texas, I’ve walked through hundreds of homes over the years including new and Fixer-Upper properties.

Before starting your home search, work with a real estate agent that you could trust. To get started, contact me today by calling 512-944-7378, or click here to connect with me online.