The Pros and Cons of Purchasing a Fixer Upper

When we purchased our house, even though it was in decent shape structurally, we knew that it needed a lot of cosmetic TLC before it would be comfortably livable and feel like a home. Four months after closing on the house, we're almost done with all of the major renovations and it feels really good! The list of projects that we still want to complete in our house are endless, and I'm sure it will continue to grow the longer we live in the house.

Pros:

The process is rewarding.

I've loved watching our house transform since May. the before and after pictures that I have so far are amazing and I can't wait to share them with you! I'm really proud of the projects that we've done on our own, but the things that have been contracted out are really awesome as well! I think my favorite change so far has been the kitchen! We painted the cupboards, had the counter tops redone and I love our hardwood floor. My second favorite change would definitely have to be the master bathroom! We've never had this much counter space before and the shower that Joe dreamed up looks amazing, especially with the tile that I picked out. I'm really excited to wrap things up and start giving people tours of the completed (well.. somewhat...) project.

Your house will be personalized.

Because we've basically redone everything cosmetic in the house, we've been able to pick out a lot of details and really make this house our own. Carpet, tile, paint, cabinets, counter tops, so many different choice to make... I got so excited with every decision we made, and then I was even more excited when I saw those things put into our house because they looked so good together. And because we're going to be here for a while and have been able to pick the paint and flooring that we want, I feel like we can really decorate the way that I want.

It will feel more like a home.

I'm not going to lie, after a few visits to our house before we started renovations, it didn't really feel like somewhere that I wanted to live. Now, with every room that we finish, even though it's a mess and we're still not completely unpacked, it feels more and more like home. This past weekend we moved into the master bedroom and just having our own space with a bathroom attached has been amazing! When the kitchen counter tops were finished, all I wanted to do was cook and use my space. Both of the apartments that Joe and I have lived in have felt like home, but this house feels like a home on a whole new level.

Sneak Peek at the master shower. (Note: We've frosted that window since this picture, it faces the street.....)

Cons:

You may have to live in construction.

We had hoped not to live in construction for this long, but it's happened and we've dealt with it. There are workers constantly coming in and out of our house, sometimes before we've even gotten out of bed in the morning (dang that key box on the front door), and sometimes they let the dog loose in the neighborhood (no matter how many times you tell them that they can't open the front door when he's around or leave it open). We've been lucky to have some really friendly workers who try to invade our life as little as possible, but it's still not an ideal situation. The mess of constant construction is never fun either. I have given up on dusting because the clean never lasts, and no matter how many times I think I have a room decluttered for good, some project causes the clutter to reappear in an instant.

It will take a lot of patience.

 I am not a very patient person, but through this home renovation, I have learned to be a little bit better at keeping my impatient attitude in check. There have been times when I've had a meltdown, especially when things don't happen in the timeline that we were promised, but over all, I'd say I've done pretty well (Joe may give a different answer though). I will feel a lot more sane and patient when we're all settled and not living in constant chaos.

The projects will never be over.

Although construction should be finished on our house this week, our list of projects left to do is constantly growing. I'm sure the more we finish, the more we'll find to do. At the end of this month I plan to sit down and prioritize so that we can budget, schedule and start crossing things off our list! Maybe one day we won't have anything left that we want to change about our house!

Have you purchased a fixer-upper? What would you say the pros and cons are to it?