We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing. Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband and I reside in East Texas. We purchased our first fixer-upper before the pandemic. Initially, we were terrified at taking the risk of purchasing a home in such horrible condition. The house needed a new roof, HVAC system, foundation work, and whole gut job. After many discussions and weighing options, we took the leap, purchased the home, and immediately started renovations. My husband and I are pretty frugal so we made sure to budget and plan mini projects over a two-year period. Things were a hot mess for a minute. I would not even go barefoot in the house for over a year. It was gross!