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House requires updating

If your fixer-upper home needs major structural work, hire a structural engineer for $500 to $700 to inspect the home before you put in an offer so you can be confident you’ve uncovered and conservatively budgeted for the full extent of the problems.

Projects touching on those areas will require permits.

Trying to decide whether to buy a fixer-upper house?

Follow these seven steps, and you’ll know how much you can afford, how much to offer, and whether a fixer-upper house is right for you.

For damaged walls, spray-on texture provides quick coverage.

Replace old shower doors or remove them to add the illusion of space.

Fill the tub with water after you’re done to stretch caulk while it dries.

If your old tub is too large to fit out the door, re-glaze it for a like-new finish. Remove dated wall coverings and apply a fresh coat of paint.

These departments traditionally have served commercial interests over those of do-it-yourselfers.