What do you do when you need to sell your home fast, but extensive repairs are out of the question, either because they’re too costly or too time consuming? Busy home sellers have a few options in this scenario, including selling as-is, completing just minor repairs, and focusing on only the big-ticket items most buyers are concerned about.
Read on for the options for selling a house that needs repairs, on a short timeline.
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If you’re looking to get a price for your home that’s better than “as-is,” consider tackling the big-ticket items that buyers are concerned about. Remember, for most buyers, a considerable portion of their available cash goes to their down payment, so a home that requires immediate work may be out of reach. But, if you take care of the improvements, you may be able to ask a higher price for the home, covering the cost of the upgrades with your list price and making it attractive to a broader group of buyers. Tackling problem areas now will also help you avoid post-inspection price reductions.
These are the most common big-ticket items, including some that buyers — and their inspectors — could flag as safety issues:
Beyond any critical updates, think about the following easy things to do before selling your house. Many of these items can be tackled over a weekend before putting your house on the market.
If you want to know how to sell your home fast and for top dollar, your best bet is to enlist the help of an experienced local real estate agent. Make sure to find an agent who has experience with marketing fixer-uppers. Selling on your own? Here are a few tips to make the most of your fixer-upper listing: