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Remodeling Tips for First Time Homeowners

Remodeling Tips for First Time Homeowners

Homes that need some TLC can be an affordable option for first time homeowners since they are discounted significantly and tend to sit on the market. If you’re considering a home that needs to be remodeled, knowing what you’re getting into can help the process go smoothly. 


Buying a Fixer-Upper is a Slightly Different Process

Most traditional mortgages do not cover fixer-uppers. Instead, you’ll need a renovation loan to cover the cost of the home and improvements, such as a FHA 203(k)


Tips for Remodeling

When you buy a fixer-upper, make sure the remodel includes items to increase the home’s value. Also, focus on having a good finish. This will go a long way in creating equity in the home. 


Working With a Contractor

Here are some tips for working with a contractor: 

  • Request bids from multiple contractors
  • Check their insurance to protect yourself in case of injury
  • Ask for references and reviews
  • Get a contract in writing that includes all fees


Doing the Work Yourself

If you’d rather do the work yourself, here are some things to keep in mind: 

  • Carefully budget your projects
  • Prioritize the major projects (roof, HVAC, foundation, etc.)
  • Plant your landscape early so it has time to grow
  • Choose functionality over upgrades to stay in budget


Lenders are Invested

Lenders are invested in your project. Thus, renovation loans require additional consultations, inspections, and appraisals. Some lenders may even require approval by a HUD consultant to keep the project on-time, on-budget, and up to standards.  


Find a Renovation Loan for First Time Homeowners

At Mortgage Solutions Financial our team knows what first time homeowners need with a renovation loan. Contact us today to discuss what options are available to help you bring your vision to life.