Irish Times: How to buy a fixer-upper and not get burned

Irish Times: How to buy a fixer-upper and not get burned

Posted on 18Mar

By Joanne Hunt, Irish Times

So you’re thinking of buying a fixer-upper? Maybe it is a faded period charmer that hooked you, or an ugly bargain on a great street. But before you sign a contract, some hard questions will help you sort the diamond in the rough from the money pit.

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When, halfway through a home renovation, TV presenters announce “Asbestos!’, building surveyors must scratch their heads. “It makes good telly, but that would have been evident if a good inspection was done on day one,” says Noel Larkin of Noel Larkin and Associates Chartered Building Surveyors. His top recommendation for those buying an old house is to get a building survey done first. This should eliminate surprises and indicate the cost of renovation.

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