Jan 30, 2019 - Real Estate

This Charlotte fixer upper is every millennial woman’s dream bachelorette pad

Haley Beaman, 24, purchased a 1,200-square-foot fixer upper in Windsor Park for $180,000. The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms (converted from one and a half).

“It’s such a dream having a space thats 100 percent configured to your likes,” she said. “Every single thing makes me happy — even my drawer pulls make me happy.”

Welcome to Haley’s crib!

Here’s what it looked like before:

Before photos courtesy of Haley Beaman

The biggest projects included adding a 100-square-foot laundry room, taking out a wall, painting the exterior, turning her half bath into a full, re-sanding the floors, tile work and overhauling the kitchen.

Haley did a lot of the demolition work on her own, but paid a contractor to help with some of the larger undertakings, like adding a support beam where a wall used to be in the living and kitchen areas.

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The kitchen and dining room are Haley’s favorite areas in the house, and the largest portion of her renovation budget was spent on the kitchen, which ended up being around $10,000.

Here’s where that money went:

  • Ikea cabinets $2,700
  • Amazon hardware/pulls $50
  • The Granite House LLC countertops $3,000
  • Lowe’s stainless steel appliances (fridge, dishwasher, gas range, range hood) $2,150
  • Backsplash $200
  • New floors in kitchen and breakfast rooms (done by Scott’s Sanding Service) $1700

She saved money by comparing prices, splurging for things she loved most (lighting and countertops) and having family install the cabinets instead of a contractor.

Haley also saved money on furniture and decor by shopping at flea markets and getting things recovered and repainted to fit her traditional-meets-glam style.

If you’re thinking of taking on a similar project, Haley says be prepared to negotiate, confront your contractors and budget around $15,000-$30,000 for upgrades.

She said she was nervous to put in an offer below asking price — since houses were literally swiped from under her feet — but she says negotiating ended up saving her thousands of dollars. The house was listed at $200,000, but she scored it for $180,000.

“Being a single lady was not the best experience,” she said of hiring contractors. “I felt like I had to push them harder than when my dad was in town. When I was here alone they did things wrong thinking I wouldn’t know.”

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