Many of us share the same dream: find an adorable fixer-upper in a great location and set out to make it swoonworthy. But when the budget isn't limitless, it becomes even more important to know what to look for before purchasing a house that needs a lot of work. Older homes often have underlying safety and construction issues, and you can save a lot of time and money by planning for them.
When people first meet a house that's unloved and neglected, or out of date and unappealing, the tendency can be to rush into demolition or take everything away and start from scratch. But tearing down a house means that some of the best features and charm will be lost forever. Plus, a huge amount of waste is created. And everyone's homes start to look the same when the quirky old is replaced with the same, off-the-shelf new.