With dozens of reality shows based on renovations and fixer upper homes, many buyers in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle have their sights set on the same thing. And while it may be a rewarding journey, there are a few important things to note before throwing all of your resources—and finances—behind a Jefferson or Berkely County home in need of repair.
Below are three steps to take before buying a fixer upper in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Hedgesville, Shepherdstown, or Falling Waters:
Research the zoning
Buying a fixer upper home is exciting, but before you sign on the dotted line with dreams of what the renovations will entail, you'll want to check the zoning. Each town has zoning districts and knowing yours will allow you to outline what you can and cannot do with the property. For instance, if you're buying a historic home, there may be limitations on what can be replaced.
Hire a home inspector
For those looking to buy a fixer upper in the Eastern Panhandle, the home inspector will be an essential part of the process. Not only will the inspector look for structural problems that the home may have, but he'll also fill you in on what needs to be replaced, what home systems are or are not functioning properly and what could cause you problems down the road.
If you need a recommendation for a home inspector, the Kable Team is happy to help! As your local real estate experts, we can direct you to dozens of local resources!
Consider hiring a contractor
Unless you are handy yourself, you may want to consider hiring a contractor or architecht to take on the project with you. You may have dreams of breaking through walls or adding on to a certain area of your new Jefferson or Berkely County home, but these experts will be able to tell you if that is possible and just how much it may cost. Start by recruiting more than one to get an array of opinions and quotes before entering into a contract.
Summer is an excellent time to start shopping for your dream home in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Hedgesville, Shepherdstown, or Falling Waters, whether that means a new construction home or one you'll devote your time and attention to over the years. Regardless, do not hesitate to reach out to Kable Team Realty with any questions!
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