The Most Essential Yet Overlooked Jobs For Your Fixer Upper

Buying a fixer-upper, whether this is as an investment to renovate and sell on or as your new family home, can be one of the most exciting purchases you ever make. With a blank, yet often near derelict canvas on which to make your mark, it can be all too easy to consider the more creative aspects of your project rather than the nitty gritty maintenance that needs sorting before anything else. You may be looking at kitchens, flooring, new bathroom suites and extensions, when you should be concerning yourself with a damp course, insulation and plugging the leak in the pipework under the toilet. Take a look at these essential jobs that you need to complete before hot footing to your local furniture showroom.

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If the mains utilities are not connected to your new humble abode, or they aren’t switched on for whatever reason, it’s vital that you get this rectified as quickly as possible. In can take weeks, maybe even months to secure a gas line or electricity cables to your home so get in touch with your utility providers as soon as you pick up the keys from the real estate agent.


The Boiler

If you picked up a fixer upper at a low price, the chances are that even if gas is supplied to your property, the boiler may have seen better days. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need a new one, but it pays to investigate sourcing a professional in your area to come and take a look. Farnen Dermer boiler repair will ensure that your boiler is serviced and checked for faults to ensure that it is in perfect working order ready for the exciting renovations to begin.



It’s vital that as the cooler and wetter weather sets in your roof remains intact. Grab a ladder and check out the condition of the slate or tiles as well as the guttering. Any holes, slipped or cracked tiles will need replacing to prevent water from entering the fabric of your new home. Clear leaves and moss from the gutters to ensure adequate draining of rainwater and, if you have a chimney, ensure there are no cracks within the structure and the flashing around the bottom is firmly attached to the brickwork. If your home has a sealed roof, your property will not be at risk of water damage.

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Most fixer uppers have a problem or two. It is the severity of these problems that could see your new pad morphing from a money maker into a money pit. Take a look at the pointing between the brickwork and keep an eye out for cracks. Any major cracks will require attention and could signify movement or subsidence in the foundations. This can be costly to fix, but if you employ a specialist, they will halt any movement and underpin the foundations so that your home will remain secure for another fifty years or more.

Buying a fixer-upper can be thrilling, daunting and terrifying all at the same time. While stressful, the process of renovating a shell of a building into a wonderful family home will give you the ultimate personal satisfaction.

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