So I've been house hunting for some time now, and have come across a beautiful house that I've absolutely fallen in love with! However, the house is an abandoned fixer-upper that's in serious need of some TLC. Judging on the provided pictures from the realtor (on Zillow) the house seems to have pretty strong bones, but the restoration, I can tell, will be extensive.
There appears to be a lot of wood rot and water damage on the floors, walls and ceilings (holes and peeling, crumbling, potentially moldy paint and drywall). The entire upper levels (2nd floor and attic) were likely going to be redone, but left unfinished at the bare bones of the house. The bathrooms, all full, are also in poor condition- water damage and some traces of mold. The kitchen has been stripped, likely by the house's previous owners, and there are no appliances or cabinets in sight, and many of the windows will need replacing. Long story short, this house is in desperate need of some love; and considering it's location (East Orange, NJ) it's probably unlikely that it'll get it. But I'm in love and can really see its potential.
Now I know what I've just described probably sounds like a house of horrors with no point in saving, but if possible I still really want to give it a chance. I'm trying to schedule a visit with an inspector and/or contractor so that I can see everything with my own eyes and those of an experienced professional. There's no mention of any electrical or plumbing, so I'm automatically going to assume it's in similar condition to the rest of the house: poor. But I'd like to have a professional prognosis for that too.
In the end, I'm a DIY addict, and very good with my hands, so a fixer-upper seemed the perfect match for me in my search for the perfect home. I'm always up for a challenge, but I want to make sure that I'm not going too far with this house before I make any offers. At just under $90K, the price is almost too good to pass up, but could it also be serious warning that I should avoid all together?