How to Fix Up a Neglected Home: A Guide

Neglected Home
  • Author: Fazal Umer
  • Posted On: March 31, 2023
  • Updated On: July 11, 2023

Buying a neglected home has its pros and cons. On the plus side, you will likely be able to buy a neglected home for much cheaper than you would a home in good condition. However, the negative part is that you will likely need to put in a lot of work to get the house up to standard.

Whether you plan on flipping the house for a profit or actually living in it, there are a few things that you need to know about fixing up a neglected home, and we’re here to share some of them.

Start with any safety risks

As tempting as it may be to get started on making the house look beautiful, that is not the most important thing when you start fixing up the house.

Instead, your priority needs to be to make the house safe. Many homes that have been neglected will have safety issues. Some common safety issues you may find in a neglected home include plumbing and electrical issues, mold, or problems with the foundation.

Since having the home be a safe living space is so important, you need to get professionals to help you get these issues sorted out. For example, if there are issues with the foundation, you can hire an expert like this Edmonton foundation repair company to help.

Next, do the breaking and building

If the house has good bones, you can keep its original structure and simply move on to the next steps. That being said, if you plan on breaking down any parts of the house or building onto it, you should do that before you get started on smaller tasks.

For example, you may want to break down walls to create bigger rooms or change the layout of the kitchen. Since these projects take time and will usually create a lot of chaos in the house, it’s best to get them over with as soon as possible. If you’re not sure how to design your kitchen to meet your needs, click here for some tips.

Do medium tasks such as replacements and upgrades

If there are any parts of your house that you want to replace or upgrade, you should do them after you’ve done all the big tasks. Things like new lights, new cupboard doors, and new flooring should only be installed once all of the heavy-duty tasks have been completed to prevent them from being damaged.

Of course, by now, most of your budget may be used up, so it’s a good idea to consider cheaper options. For example, if you want to replace your flooring but you don’t have much money left, you can look into cheap flooring options.

Make small aesthetic changes

Finally, once all of the big things have been ticked off, it’s time to make the house look gorgeous by making small aesthetic changes. This means painting your interior walls, adding rugs or wall décor, and simply taking the building from being a house to being a home.

These changes may be small, but they will help everything come together. 

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Author: Fazal Umer

Fazal is a dedicated industry expert in the field of civil engineering. As an Editor at ConstructionHow, he leverages his experience as a civil engineer to enrich the readers looking to learn a thing or two in detail in the respective field. Over the years he has provided written verdicts to publications and exhibited a deep-seated value in providing informative pieces on infrastructure, construction, and design.