If you are thinking about buying a new home, you may find that you can buy a larger home, or one with more property if you look at some that are in need of renovations. However, before you decide to take on this kind of project house, there are a few things you need to think about and do first.
If the reason you are considering a "fix-er upper" is to save money, you don't want to have to hire someone to do all the renovations it needs. Make sure that you are capable of doing the work. While there is nothing wrong with learning a few new things to renovate your home, if you are not good with tools, or have no experience at all, don't go for a place that needs a lot of work or work that is complicated. Sure you can paint or put down some flooring, but don't go too much beyond that.
While a lot can be done to fix up a house, sometimes what is needed is not going to be worth it. Have the home inspected before you put in a final bid on the place. Make sure you know exactly what is needed. If all the wiring is messed up, consider how much it will cost to hire an electrician to make it right. Plumbing and the roofing can also cost a lot to have redone. You need to add the cost of all the renovations to what you are offering for the place. If you could buy a place that needs no work for the same amount of money or less, don't buy the one that does.
Make sure the house already has the number of rooms you are going to need while living there. While making some renovations is one thing, adding a room or two is going to require permits, professionals, and inspections. If the house is too big, you will be spending money renovating areas you do not need.
If you have experience and know-how with home renovations, buying a place that needs work can save you a lot of money. You will pay less for the place and can do the work yourself over time to save on costs. However, if you have never worked with tools, you should probably pass on any homes for sale that will require more than some new paint or flooring unless you have the funds to hire some contractors.