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7 Tips for Selling a House That Needs Repairs

Posted by Mani Bagga on Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at 12:15pm.

The time has come for you to say goodbye to your precious home. We know it is hard, but look on the bright side - you will move into a much better home. However, you can't just pack up your belongings and leave. First, you have to sell your house. If you don't want or don't have money to invest in your home before selling, that is okay - you can just sell it as-is. But be warned - selling a house that needs repairs is not as easy as you think. If you don't play your cards right, you may have to sell your home for a lot less than its actual worth, or you may not be able to sell it at all.

Luckily, you have us to help you out. It doesn't matter what the reason for selling your home is. If you don't have the time, energy, and money to make big investments, you can try the following tips.

1. Have the House Inspected First

First, have the home professionally inspected! That is important both for you and for your potential buyers. And why? Because you all need to know if there is some serious problem with the house. You need to know it so that you can at least try to fix it, and the potential buyers need to know so that they understand what they are getting themselves into.

Thus, as soon as you decide to put your house on the market, call a professional home inspector. They will check the condition of every nook and cranny in your house. And, if there are some red flags to watch out for during this inspection, you will be able to react quickly.

2. Clean It Up

If your home inspector told you there are no serious issues with your house, you can list it and call your movers, as Apollo Moving professionals recommend, to help you pack and move out. But, before you do that, our advice is to at least try to change the looks of it. Believe it or not, even cleaning the house (which doesn't require any money) can seriously increase the value of your home. Real estate experts say a clean house can sell for approximately 7% more than a dirty one. Thus, bring out your cleaning supplies and get to work.

Start with bathrooms and kitchens, as these are the dirtiest ones. Then, proceed with the rest of the house. Moreover, use strong chemicals when cleaning your home - buyers love it when the house looks and feels disinfected.

3. Declutter

Just like cleaning, decluttering can also help you sell your home faster and for a lot more money. Thus, as soon as you finish cleaning, start decluttering.

First, pack the items you want to take to your new home. Then, figure out what to do with the remaining. If some of those items go with the rest of your house, you can leave them to the future owners. But if they don't, you have the following options:

  • Donate to a charity
  • Sell (online or at a garage sale)
  • Give to friends and family
  • Throw away (if completely useless)

4. Do Some Minor Upgrades

Selling a house that needs repairs can be complicated. Those homes can stay on the market for years (even decades). But what if we told you that you could sell your home instantly with a couple of minor upgrades? Yes, one of the most common mistakes people make while selling their homes is thinking they need to invest a small fortune. That is not true! Your house does not have to be in top-notch condition. It just has to be in a decent one.

Thus, instead of upgrading kitchens and bathrooms, focus on the small things. For instance, you can do the following:

  • Repaint all the walls
  • Caulk the bathroom
  • Upgrade lighting
  • Have the carpets cleaned professionally cleaned
  • Replace old hardware

5. Give Your Exterior Some Love

Would you believe us if we told you that a well-maintained yard could increase the value of your home by up to 10%? Don't trust us? No worries, just ask your real estate agent.

The exterior of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see. And, if it looked run down and neglected, they would scream and run away just like a haunted house. Don't let this happen. Give your exterior some love. You can repaint your gate and front door, add some nice outdoor lights, power-wash the driveway, mow the lawn, plant some flowers and bushes, etc.

6. Price Your Home Appropriately

When selling a house that needs repairs, it is crucial to price it appropriately. If you set the price too high, nobody will want to buy (neither potential customers nor investors). And, if you set the price too low, you will lose a lot of your money.

The best thing you can do in this situation is to have your home professionally appraised. That can be done by an appraisal or real estate company. Don't cut corners on this one. Just like you need to gather some crucial info and ask essential questions when trying to hire movers and move out of your home, you also need to collect all the necessary information when pricing your home.

7. Hire a Good Real Estate Agent

As previously mentioned, when selling a house that needs repairs, the best thing you can do to avoid asking why your home is not selling is to hire a good real estate agent. This professional will help you appraise your home, tell you what changes to make, market your home, and bring the right buyers. Thus, don't try to cut corners on this one - the right agent will help you earn more money on your home than you planned.

As you have seen, there are certain things you can (and should) do when selling a house that needs repairs. Try to do all the things mentioned, but consult your real estate agent if you can't. We are sure that, in both cases, you will be able to sell your home as-is quickly and easily.

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