handyman's special

handyman's special

In real estate advertising,generally indicates a building with substantial deterioration and in need of extensive repairs beyond normal paint-up/fix-up aesthetic improvements.

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WORCESTER - Officials at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council knew they had picked up a "handyman's special" when they purchased the large 29-unit lodging house at 14 Duxbury Road in 2006 from a family trust for $600,000.
There's plenty of available housing in Iraq, though mostly of the "handyman's special" variety, thanks to the unfortunate side effects of the liberation process.
Our home was a handyman's special and there was nothing luxurious about it, but it kept out the rain and we made it a home.