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Who do we consult with about what imporvements to make first on our fixer upper?

  • April 04 2009 - Lynn
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Presuming you have had an inspection done, the next person to talk to would be an architect. Helping you prioritize your goals is an important part of their job, because it allows you to make decisions while you can still exert the greatest amount of leverage. Try Zillow or Houzz to find someone in your area.
  • October 18 2013
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It all depends on the property.  If its a single family you could save a lot of money by doing some of your own work, but if its a multi-family you may be required to hire a general contractor to start work.  I'd be interested in what you ended up doing.
  • October 02 2013
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A good home inspector. 
  • July 20 2013
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Don't know how handy you are with renovations, it sounds as though you
did the work yourself since you bought the fixer upper.
I would look at what things that have to be done and their costs to renovate
them, have a mental list if anything.
If you're like me somedays you have more money and less time then you have more time and less money...well the days where you see less money
are perfect on projects where you can spend more time to create and pay attention to detail when' if the otherway around' the projects would have just received normal basics lost in a larger renovation.
Examples: nich areas, built-ins, multi purpose projects (that take creative thinking and time) . 
Look for books written by Susan Susanka, she is a great designer and has published many books that have these type projects .
These type projects add character and resale value.
Bigger projects examples would be things like; instead of just replacing a bedroom window, (normally) build a bumpout with a window seat ...pefect reading places.
-Joseph- 
  • July 10 2013
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Find a good general contractor and start there. They will give you much more straight forward answers. Example a contractor would say you need a new roof this one is  leaking . A home inspector would most likely say hire a roofing expert. Home inspectors are scared of getting sued they tend to say to refer to an expert instead of saying what needs to be done. Also  any good contractor will follow code so you will be safe as far as safety. Now to answer your question always focus on kitchen and bath rooms!!
  • July 09 2013
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Thanks! We did a fair bit of work when we bought the house 4 yrs ago and now are thinking... what of the hundred other things we could do should we attack before we sell? We're cautious obviously about investing too much with the market as it is (seeing how we bought at the absolute wrong time...) but think that we need to do some things for us to be more comfy while we're here and also so that when we sell in a few yrs we'll at least help the cause.
  • April 04 2009
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I would first hire a home inspector to get you a detail report.  Create a priority list obviously safety and required code would be top of your budget after that speak to a Realtor and see what buyers are looking for in that area or neighborhood. Budget yourself and get the bids from licensed contractors. If you do plan to work on the home get proper permits from the county and understand the codes.
  • April 04 2009
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