Where to Buy a Fixer-Upper

A fixer-upper is ideal for buyers willing to invest sweat equity and live in less-than-ideal conditions. In Fla., Miami and Jacksonville rank high for fixer-uppers.


NEW YORK – Milwaukee. Philadelphia. Detroit. Memphis and Baltimore. These are just a handful of the top 10 cities in the U.S. with the lowest cost of “fixer-upper” homes, according to research from StorageCafe, a nationwide storage space marketplace.

What’s a fixer-upper? It’s a house that’s available to buy at a lower price because it usually requires major work. Think of it also as a labor of love – literally. Although buyers can likely still live in a fixer-upper, they will likely need to spend a lot of time and money on maintenance and upgrades.

10 best cities for fixer-upper houses

  1. Milwaukee

  2. Philadelphia

  3. Detroit

  4. Memphis, Tennessee

  5. Baltimore

  6. Jacksonville, Florida

  7. Dallas

  8. Louisville, Kentucky

  9. Miami

  10. Fresno, California