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Fixer-Uppers: 3 Main Things to Look For

by Kowalsky Realty, LLC 02/09/2020

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When you’re shopping for a new home, the prospect of a fixer-upper being on the market for an unbeatable price sounds great! There are a few things that should be on your checklist to make sure that the juice is worth the squeeze when purchasing a home. A fixer-upper that needs mainly aesthetic repair is usually a good deal. Just make sure you ask your real estate agent or the property owner about some costly, but necessary, repairs.


First off, any home that is worth its weight in gold needs to have a good foundation. Foundation issues can be quite expensive, depending on the type of repair needed. For example, all houses will settle over time. It’s only natural. But if your prospective home has settled too much it can lead to slab leaks, cracks and serious structural issues; which may lead to expensive repairs. 


Plumbing issues can range from a minor leak in the faucet to a cracked supply or drain line, which can either be a slight nuisance or a major flooding issue (and flood damage is not a cheap fix on its own). Along with the immediate cost of the plumbing repairs themselves, plumbing problems can cause higher monthly water bills.


Electrical issues can not only be costly to repair but very unsafe. If you are shopping for a home, make sure to check with the homeowner or agent about the quality of wiring, electrical sockets, etc. to avoid both the costly repairs.

Remember, when shopping for that great fixer-upper in your new neighborhood make sure to check these three big boxes before choosing your soon-to-be dream home.

About the Author

Kowalsky Realty, LLC

Living in Colorado for 25 years now, Terry and Maureen Kowalsky are as optimistic as ever about the real estate market, crediting the state’s high quality of life for its consistent growth. To date, they have bought and sold properties in Littleton, Frisco, and Castle Rock, and they are always eager to share their knowledge with New Coloradans and natives alike.

Prior to going into real estate, Terry worked in technology sales and Maureen worked as a teacher. He learned early in his career to focus on service, and his attention to detail, and strong communication skills serve as welcome experience throughout the buying and selling processes. She, on the other hand, mastered proactive guidance and advocacy while she was teaching, making her especially capable of representing clients’ best interests.

Both astute problem solvers, Terry and Maureen put their clients’ needs above everything else, listening first and foremost in order to understand just what the task at hand involves. They pride themselves on their ability to guide people toward homes rather than just houses, a pride that shines through in the way they carry themselves and approaches their day-to-day work. Perhaps most important of all, they ensure their clients’ comfort, educating those they serve on the details of the real estate market and reviewing every relevant variable, from location value to property type to pricing to building requirements to zoning.

In the course of their careers, Terry and Maureen have each won awards in their respective industries. They also take an active interest in the Denver community, volunteering often and supporting civic organizations. In their free time, they enjoy the Colorado outdoor living experience including skiing,snowshoeing, hiking, fly-fishing, and sampling our locally-brewed beers.

Terry grew up in Cleveland, and Maureen grew up in Los Angeles. They have been married since 1989 and moved to Littleton to raise their family in 1994.