8 On Your Side: Tips on buying a new home, sprucing it up for an affordable price


Buying a home can be nerve-racking because everyone wants to get the best bang for their buck.  The stars of HGTV’s Flip or Flop Vegas are used to taking calculated risks, investing in real estate that needs a little TLC. They do it all without spending a ton of cash.

8 On Your Side has expert advice for buying a home and sprucing it up for cheap.  

The stars of Flip or Flop Vegas Alter Luxury owners Aubrey and Bristol Maurunde aren’t afraid to tackle any job, no matter how intimidating.

They turned a Boulder City mess of a house into a gorgeous home.  No doubt buying a home for cheap and renovating it can save you a lot of money, but there are some issues that even the Maurunde’s say are huge red flags for home buyers.

“Location, location, location,” said Aubrey Marunde.  “You cant pick a house up and move it, so if it backs to a major street or train tracks or it’s in a flight path these are things that you need to think about.”     

The Maurunde’s say when looking to buy a home, it’s important to keep an eye out for potential problems with items that cost a lot to repair or replace, like water heaters, air conditioning, roofs, and pools. 

What “You need to factor in is the mechanical,” Marunde said.  “There is the air conditioning on the ground or the roof; a lot of these get stolen so is it there? Where’s the pool equipment? This stuff you need to factor in your price, so don’t forget to look for these big items that are expensive and its okay if the cost of the house factors that in.”  

Christianne Klein, 8 News NOW Anchor:  “What are the things that aren’t that big of a deal but people might think they’re overwhelming?
Aubrey Marunde: “That happens a lot, and that’s why you need a good real estate professional to help you and walk you through that because we walk into a house that’s completely trashed but a lot of it is just personal property; its old couches and clothes and things that can be trashed out very easily that make the homes look worse.” 

When buying a home, they say to keep an open mind because you’d be surprised how much you can update yourself. 

“You can do a lot on a tight budget whether it’s flooring with carpet or now they make laminate wood flooring that is very easy to install,” said Marunde.  “Paint goes such a long way just freshening up the house painting some accent walls, making it feel really custom and homey will go a long way.”

Aubrey and Bristol say once you buy a home, don’t forget the little touches that don’t cost a fortune, such as new faucets to brighten up your sinks or new lighting fixtures.  Pendants or chandeliers start around $70 online but can make a huge difference in the feel of your home. 

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