Move-In-Ready Or Fixer-upper: Which House Is Best For You?

Nov 4, 2020

Ever find yourself looking around the house with the realization you just dislike a few things? Or maybe you’re out exploring the neighborhood looking for the perfect house and can’t seem to find one that checks all your boxes?

Which House Is Best For You: The Options

Many people opt to go with a fixer-upper because of that “what if” factor they offer. On the other hand, many people will go with a move-in ready home because of the ease. Both of these have their list of pros and cons. To figure out which house is best for you, you’ll first want to ask yourself some questions about your situation and budget.

Move-In Ready

For many people, the idea of moving into a house that has everything they already want is more appealing.

Here are some key factors that make move-in ready homes perfect.

  • No hassle of dealing with contractors in your home.
  • The ability to choose a new home based on your current tastes.
  • Find a house within your budget without the fear you might run into unexpected costs that come with renovations.
  • Not living in an unfinished house.

While these reasons appeal to many people, they don’t take into consideration that your move-in ready home may be out of your budget. You may have to sacrifice the location of your home, or some of the features you wanted it to include.


A fixer-upper can be the best way to get everything you want in a house, but without having to pay excessive prices. To figure out if this is an option for you, first ask yourself a few questions.

  • Can you afford the additional costs it will take to do everything you want?
  • Do you have ample time required to make all the changes?
  • Are there restrictions with what you’re able to do?
    • These restrictions can be based on safety regulations put into effect after the house was built. They allow some factors to be “grandfathered in” while others require updates to be brought up to code.
    • If you plan to knock down a wall to create an open floor plan, is the house build in a way to structurally allow this?
    • If in a deeded neighborhood there may be limits on house color, yard décor, etc. You’ll want to first understand what these limits are.
  • How will this impact the value of your home?
    • Some renovations could bring your house up to par with the others, while some renovations may bring it past the value of most homes in the surrounding area. In addition to this, some renovations do not impact the value of your home. This is something to be aware of before you start any costly projects as it may change the money you’re willing or able to put into a project.
    • If you’re going to sell it, then will the cost of this project increase the value of your home?

Whether you live in the house or not, you’ll need a way to keep your furniture out of the way while renovations are being made. This is where U-Box containers can come in handy!

Which house is best: fixer-upper home shows couple outside loading a U-Box container with belongings while they use a trailer to carry renovation supplies, such as a carpet, to the home.

What Are U-Box Containers?

U-Box containers are your portable moving and storage solution designed for anyone moving, renovating, or needing storage.  They are perfect if you need extra time with your move or need temporary storage where you are living now or where you are moving to.


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