Buyers want the best deal in the neighborhood, in today’s market they have a good chance to do it. But from what I can tell from talking with other real estate agents is that the majority of buyers want move in ready, spotless, up-to-date renovated homes (or a new home)…… that is no old windows, granite counters, new cabinets, up dated bathrooms, finished floors and yes even some require the right colors.
Let’s face it; if you are buying one of the nicest homes on the street, you are not going to get that neighborhood’s deal. Common sense tell you that if the majority of buyers are looking for ready to move in homes, then there is competition and you are not going to get that deal of the year.
If you do want the best deal then it tends to be the fixer-upper on the street. So do not be shy, dig around and get that house that needs a little TLC. Usually it takes 8-12 weeks to close, in that time you can order all your materials such as cabinets, tile, flooring and paint colors. This time period also allows you to hire local reliable contractors and get the work all scheduled to start when you close. I am sure that in this economy you can find a contractor that you can work with, if you are new to a community ask your real estate agent, I am sure that they can recommend many.
The bonus of all this is that you do get your dream home, you get to choose colors of tile, cabinets, type of windows and appliances. It is a little more work but it will be your home with your tastes and wants.
A few tips on fixer-uppers:-
~ Pick your renovation dollar cost first and work back into the project so you do not go over budget.
~ You can get replacement window that fit into the existing frames, easy installation, high quality and minimal mess.
~ If your renovate a kitchen, leave the major appliance in the same location, then all you need to do is replace cabinets, counters and install new appliances.
~ Be wise on what you spend your money on, you do not have to install the $10,000 dollar stove, they all do the same thing, cook your food.
~ Wood floors can be sanded down or just screened for refinishing, an easy fix for a new look.
~ Get as much renovations and improvement done before you move in. This is easier for the contractor and less stress for you.
~ Plan and plan, have materials on site, organize, stay on top to stay on budget and on schedule.
There are numerous homes in Darien, Rowayton, New Canaan and the rest of Connecticut that need anywhere from a little TLC to a lot. As a buyer think outside of the box, put a little elbow grease into it and you will get the best deal of the neighborhood. Contact David Popoff to find that fixer upper in your desired neighborhood, just click here for further information.
David Popoff is a license Realtor in Connecticut with William Raveis office in Darien. A life time resident of Fairfield County he spent his childhood years in Rowayton and now resides in Darien since 2004. David Popoff is an accredited LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) and member with the United States Green Build Council (USGBC) and the Connecticut chapter (CTGBC). Contact David Popoff for all your real estate needs in Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton and other parts of Connecticut.
~ David A. Popoff ~ Licensed Connecticut Realtor ~ LEED GA accredited ~ Cell (203) 228-0646 ~