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Intriguing Riverdale flip

Updated: May 27, 2021

UPDATE! The house settled on 4/5/2021 for $524,900 with a $15,747 seller credit.

For Fixer-Upper and Rehab Addict fans, here is an interesting Route One Corridor house for sale. This 4 bedroom, 2 full bath house with a renovated kitchen featuring new, stainless steel appliances and an enormous 2 car garage is listed for $524,950.

This is not my listing but I have toured the house before and after it was flipped. I will let you in on all the juicy details and how I think it turned out as well as some useful tips and tricks when considering a fixer-upper property.

FOR SALE NOW: 4812 Longfellow St, Riverdale, MD 20737, 4 Bed, 2 Bath. $524,950


4 Bed, 1.5 Bath, listed at $309,000, sold for $280,000, cash after 9 days on the market

According to the information about the renovated house, the current owners made all of these upgrades:

  • Brand new bathrooms

  • Brand new kitchen with quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances

  • New flooring

  • New electrical panel

  • New forced air HVAC system

  • New tankless water heater

  • New roof, gutters and downspouts

  • New washer & dryer

  • New windows

  • New screened in rear porch

I took a tour and absolutely love the renovated kitchen, the new screen porch and the huge, two car garage with electricity. There is no formal dining room (there is a nice area in the kitchen for a table but that feels more like a breakfast nook). This may be a problem for buyers of a house in this price range. I'm not convinced of the broad appeal of the laminate flooring throughout the house.

For you number-crunchers out there, I'll make sure to post an update after the house sells to let you know days on the market and final sale price.

If you are thinking about buying a fixer-upper for yourself or as an investment there are some things to keep in mind while house hunting.

Know Ahead: The Ideal Fixer-Upper

The perfect fixer-upper is the home that everybody will want in the future. Many imperfections that turn people off—peeling paint, worn carpets, or dated fixtures—are easily correctable. Blemishes are tough to see past, and those homes often languish on the market since most homebuyers, especially first-timers, demand a turnkey, move-in-ready home in pristine condition.

Single-family homes in the Route One Corridor neighborhoods tend to run anywhere from $350,000-$850,000. There are buyers for houses in all price ranges. When considering a fixer-upper, you need to make sure that the fixes to the house don't force you to price well over what the local market can bear. If you run into significant structural problems or need to build a sizable addition, you can quickly find yourself investing far more money into the house than your can ever possibly recoup.

Be Aware: Condition Matters

A fixer-upper needs work, but some issues are worse (more expensive) than others. You need to separate the cosmetic problems from more fundamental ones.

Easy fixes include:

  • Patching walls, stripping wallpaper, and painting

  • Refinishing floors or laying tile or carpet

  • Installing ceiling fans and new light fixtures

  • Replacing baseboards or adding trim

  • Fixing broken windows

  • Replacing bathroom subfloors due to leaky toilet seals

  • Refacing or painting kitchen cabinets or installing new ones

  • Replacing doors

  • Changing out outlets and light switches

  • Painting the exterior

  • Adding a deck

More expensive fixes include:

  • Replacing HVAC systems or adding central air conditioning

  • Shoring up foundations

  • Reroofing, when it involves a tear-off

  • Replacing all plumbing, sewer lines, and electrical wiring

  • Pouring concrete for driveways, sidewalks, or steps

  • Installing replacement windows throughout

  • Complete kitchen or bath remodels

  • Building garages or additions

Free Resource for Sellers!

Click here for your own copy of the Home Sale Pre-market Checklist.

I created this helpful resource to help you prepare your house for the market. It contains helpful reminders about:

  • landscaping

  • interior rooms

  • windows, doors and wood trim

  • roof

  • kitchen/bathrooms/basement

Free Resource for Buyers!

Click here for your own copy of the House Hunting Worksheet.

I created this helpful resource to help you keep track of the essential details of each house that you visit. It has places to keep track of:

  • house facts (square footage, bedrooms, baths)

  • commute time, schools, restaurants

  • pros and cons

  • ruler

  • furniture fits guides (bed and tv)

Who am I and how can I help you?

I'm Tamara Beauchard - realtor, architect and right-fit specialist

As a top-performing realtor with Re/Max Professionals, I handled nearly $12 million in real estate transactions this past year. I stay on top of the market to ensure that you are confident about the price and the process from our first meeting to the settlement table.

You have an architect on your side! My experience in the design and construction industry means that we can talk about renovations and improvements that will both beautify your home and improve it's resale value.

I'm a right-fit specialist who provides consulting services for people who are not ready to buy or sell right now, but need advice on where to start with renovating or downsizing.

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Ready to sell, buy, renovate or downsize?

Contact me today at or 240-413-4141.

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