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How To Sell a Home That Needs Repairs

Three things you should do to successfully sell a fixer-upper.

The selling process is already difficult enough, but when you add noticeable problems with the property into the equation, it can make the home sale even more complicated. Inventory is now increasing, and buyers have more options to choose from. Your home, which needs repairs, won’t likely be their first choice, and those who are interested in purchasing may make an offer that’s less than what you wanted to sell it for.

Selling a house with major issues takes a lot of work, and there’s never enough time to do it. The longer the home stays with you, the more expensive the costs of repairs and maintenance will be. If you don’t act soon, that property could end up becoming a liability. Fortunately, there are ways to reach the closing table and make a profit. To sell a fixer-upper, here are three things you should do:

1. Get a home inspection. You know the property is in a bad shape, but you’re not exactly sure to what extent. This is where a professional can help. A home inspector will locate the problems and give you a complete rundown of them. Once you’ve identified what has to be fixed, you can evaluate whether you can afford the repairs and replacements, or if you’ll just sell as-is. Also, remember that disclosing the issues of your home to would-be buyers is required by the law. You want to be as transparent as possible to avoid any legal repercussions later. 

“The worse the home’s condition is, the bigger the pool of investment buyers will be.”

2. Consider selling to an investor or a bargain hunter. The worse the home’s condition is, the bigger the pool of investment buyers will be. Real estate investors don’t want to live in that house. They want to repair and upgrade it so they can sell and earn a profit. Typically, they will pay with cash and will buy the home as-is. Bargain hunters, on the other hand, are in search of their dream homes. They are willing to put in the elbow grease needed to make a property livable and will overlook a few flaws, as long as they love the location.

3. Be realistic with your price. Whatever market we’re in, pricing your home correctly will always be critical. This is especially true for homes that are not in the best condition. You have to set a reasonable price, one that is based on research and makes sense for the market. The best way to do this is by working with a real estate professional. An experienced agent can use their resources and connections to ensure that you get the best possible deal for your sale. 

Another important factor to consider is if your agent offers programs that can help you maximize your profits by making necessary repairs before listing your property. Our team offers a program that allows you to renovate your house, and you don’t have to pay for it until closing.  If you have any inquiries regarding this program, please don’t hesitate to contact me via call, text, or message on Instagram, Facebook, or any other platform. I would be more than happy to assist you in understanding the program’s intricacies.

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