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3 Reasons to Buy a Dilapidated Property

3 Reasons to Buy a Dilapidated Property

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When you go property hunting, you’ll probably have a few necessities on your list; things like a modern kitchen, a chic bathroom and enough bedrooms for everyone. You probably won’t be looking for a dilapidated property with half a roof, tumble down walls and smashed windows! 

But properties that have fallen into a state of disrepair can surprise you. If you’re willing to look past the state they are in and open your mind, there’s a lot you can do and a general contractor is often all you need to discover your dream property. 

So, here’s why you should buy a dilapidated property. 

Grab a Bargain

A fixer-upper property is always going to be much cheaper because it needs a lot of work. The biggest risk when buying a fixer-upper property is that it isn’t structurally sound. Rebuilding a property to make sure it stands up can be expensive and if you aren’t prepared for the cost, could work out more than buying a house that’s ready to move in to. 

However, if you are smart with your offer and you take into account the cost of all the works that need doing, you could nab a bargain. Some people even make a living out of buying properties that need significant work and flipping them by adding value and making a profit on renovations. It has to be said, though, that these people are often builders themselves.

Find the Perfect Area

A great reason to buy a dilapidated house is that it is in the perfect location. The location is always the most difficult part of a house hunt because popular areas mean higher house prices and more competition. By choosing a dilapidated house, you might be in for a lot of work but you are much more likely to get an offer accepted and be able to live in your dream location for less. 

When the location is the most important factor, other things on your house-hunting list such as curb appeal and fixtures and fittings might have to wait. The good news is that when you renovate or rebuild, you can design all these things in yourself. 

Make the Most of the Land

One last good reason to buy a dilapidated property isn’t the property at all – it’s the land it’s sitting on. While knocking down the existing building and building a new house might sound radical, if you have the funds, this might be a great way to find the right plot for your dream home. 

There are lots of advantages to building your own house. For a start, you get to completely customize your space so that it works perfectly for you. You can also insist upon much more eco-friendly materials, greater energy efficiency and have the joy of knowing you created something. 

Dilapidated properties might not have curb appeal, or even have the basic requirements for a home. But, with a bit of imagination and determination, they could be just the thing you were looking for. 

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Why You Should Use Local Goods and Services

Why You Should Use Local Goods and Services

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It can be easy to buy and do everything through massive multinational corporations and not bother with small, local businesses. However, these same businesses need your support, and there are plenty of reasons to use them over their corporate competitors. Here are some reasons why you should use local goods and services.

 

Fewer Miles Travelled

 

If you care about the planet, being eco-friendly and reducing carbon emissions, then you should go local. Local good such as locally grown food has far fewer miles travelled. This means that it hasn’t been on a boat, plane, train, or truck to make its way to you. This also probably means that it is much fresher and has far fewer chemicals on it to keep it fresh. Locally produced goods are also the work of much smaller teams who love what they do, rather than a faceless corporation. There might be a slight premium on these kinds of products, but they are often of a higher quality and are made with a lot more attention and care. Often locally made goods are made by hand rather than being mass produced in a factory. This also means that they are more unique. If you care about any of those things, then you should buy locally made goods.

 

They Know The Area

 

The benefit of buying locally is that the people you are getting a good or service from know the area. If you are hiring movers, then you want to look up local moving services in the area. They will know the best way to transport your things to or from your home, won’t get lost and if you are moving into an area, they will be able to tell you about it. The same is true for other kinds of good or service. Due to the fact that these people live and work locally, they know the area well and can provide advice or tips based on this. On the other hand, larger companies do not know about specific areas and won’t be able to give you that same level of care and attention. For example, if you are buying a car from a local dealership they will be able to tell you how this car will perform on local roads and streets. This might mean that certain cars are better or worse for you depending on where you live. You might need a 4×4 over a city car, and the will be able to advise you on this. A large company can give you the benefits of each, but not in the context of where you will use it.

 

Build A Relationship

 

This is one of the best reasons to buy locally. You get to build a relationship with the people you are buying from. For example, if you regularly go into a local grocery store then you will get to know the staff and owner of the store and get to know them. This adds a personal touch to each visit, and it can be a way for you to make friends in a new area and get to know where you are living. If you are buying your groceries from a large company that you won’t get this as they have too many employees and won’t be able to treat you the same way.

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