Mom of 2 Puts Everything into Fixer-Upper Home. Comes Home, Finds It Wrecked


As shows like HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” have demonstrated, fixer upper homes can be a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck when you are buying a home.

Sweat equity is also a great way to add value to your home and work within budgetary limitations.

If you can find a house with “good bones,” you can affordably change out flooring and paint. You can also sometimes update older homes for a relatively low amount of money in order to get something worth far more than you started with.

So many families across the country utilize these options when they want to buy a home. They work hard and sacrifice a lot in order to create a nice place for their family to call home.

It can take a lot of time and patience to get from “fixer upper” to “nice home,” but it is worth it in the end.

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It comes with a lot of challenges along the way, but through them all the dream of the end result keeps you going.

But for Deandra Camacho, her dream of a nice home for her family turned into a nightmare when she discovered the place she had invested so much time and money into had been ransacked. Additionally, materials from the South Sacramento, California, home had been stolen.

The mother of “a 5 year old Autistic Son [and] a 2 year old daughter” noted some of the losses on GoFundMe, writing, “They stolen our Tile and everything we needed to lay the tile down.. They stolen our carpets, paint, the tub, cabinets and appliances.”

She also wrote that neighbors said they didn’t see anything and that the only thing the police did was “take a report.”

Camacho shared her frustration with FOX 40, “Every time I take a step forward, it’s like something brings me a step back.”

Camacho also highlighted the struggle she faces with understanding why it happened, “Going from one house to another, trying to get a steady home, and now that I have that, and I’m trying to build it, and someone took from me. It’s just like, why do people do that?”

Not understanding why people who do these things is a sentiment shared by many who commented on the story.

Some donations have been made to Camacho via the GoFundMe page. There have also been some offers of help with things such as painting that have come into her Facebook page.

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Although she has a lot of work ahead of her, the support and help coming in from her community and others is invaluable. It may help restore her faith in humanity, too.

It can be devastating to feel so violated when your home is burglarized, but to know people care and want to help can make a huge difference.

The help and support of funds, supplies, and labor will all go a long way to helping this mom give her family the nice home she dreamed about.

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