HELP! I Need to Sell My House Fast & It Needs Repairs

HELP! I Need to Sell My House Fast & It Needs Repairs They say your home is your castle, but it can also quickly become your money pit. A reflection of broken dreams, a failed marriage, and personal or financial setbacks. Neglected repairs add up. They get so extensive and costly that nothing ever gets done.


The home looks more and more run down with every passing day. Home improvements you envision when your head hits the pillow at night and you shut your eyes never come to fruition.


Now, you find yourself needing to sell your house fast in “As Is” condition; just to get out from underneath this dark cloud and start anew.


If you’re a homeowner in the Bay Area looking to sell a distressed house, you need to be prepared. Today, Skye Homes – San Francisco Bay Area real estate investors, offers several tips to ensure you do this like you’ve done it before. We want you to have a smooth, hassle-free, and successful transaction. Most of all, we don’t want you taken for a ride either be a real estate agent or a dishonest real estate investor.


Familiarize Yourself With Your Potential Buyers


If you’re not working with a realtor, you need to know what companies or individuals in your area buy distressed properties.


For instance, house flippers buy low-cost houses with the intent to remodel and eventually resell at a price high enough to recoup their original expenses and profit.


Deal hunters, just like their name implies, are looking for bargain properties.


Remodelers are visionaries. They’re looking for opportunities to make the dream homes they envision a reality. They’re intentionally looking for homes in need of repairs, redesign, and restoration.


These are the potential buyers you’ll be meeting with. Invite them over for a free assessment and hear out their cash offer. Don’t forget, we at Skye Homes also buy ugly houses in the Bay Area.


READ: How to Determine if We Buy Houses Companies Are Credible


Address Smaller and More Economical Home Repairs


If your budget allows, address some smaller more economical improvements or updates. Have your lawn tended to. Patch some holes or cracks in the wall or ceiling. Repair leaky faucets. Maybe have the carpets steam cleaned or slap a fresh coat of paint on a few walls. These are all relatively affordable renovations that could get you a somewhat better cash offer.


That said, be honest in your advertising. Don’t be covering up or masking problems. Don’t buy an area rug to throw atop an unsightly dog pee stain on your hardwood floor. Don’t repair a water damaged ceiling when the problem that caused water to enter your home hasn’t been addressed. Issues like these need to be brought to light. The buyer needs to know exactly what they’re getting – warts and all. You want to be fair to them.



Come Up With a Few Selling Points


Step back and carefully assess your home and the neighborhood it sits in. What would you highlight to a potential buyer to shift their immediate focus away from items that need to be repaired? Perhaps you have a spacious kitchen, ample closet or storage space, a two car garage, or a wonderful view? Highlight any unique characteristics your house might have. Spotlight the neighborhood, too. Maybe there are comparable homes in your neighborhood commanding high sales prices or monthly rents? Are there exciting new developments under construction or amenities like restaurants, dog parks, coffeehouses, etc. nearby?


Price Your Home


Begin by researching similar homes on sites like ZillowTrulia, or Redfin and educating yourself on various market pricing techniques. Right out the gate, you may be tempted to contact a real estate agent or broker. Resist this temptation. They will commonly overexaggerate your home’s value so you work with them.


READ: How To Use Zillow Like a Pro to Price Your Home


Then, get some free estimates for suggested repairs or renovations if you were to list the property.


This way, when a cash buyer assesses your property and makes you an offer, you’ll know whether or not they’re presenting you with a fair offer. Just know you’re in control. Don’t feel pressured into a relationship with a realtor or accepting a cash offer if you’re unsure of anything.



Selling a House that Needs Repairs in the Bay Area? – Let’s Chat!


If you follow these steps, we’re positive you’ll be successful selling a house that needs a little work. Just know that you have options when it comes to selling your home. Fortunately, the Bay area is a place buyers, particularly real estate investors, love to buy in.


If you’d like a free assessment of your property’s condition, contact Skye Homes by calling or texting 510-220-0712 today to schedule your free home analysis. You can also fill out the contact form below and we’ll be in touch with you soon!


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Jake Knight

Jake Knight has been a residential real estate investor since 2016. He specializes in acquiring and renovating houses in the Bay Area, Sacramento, eventually expanding to over 15+ states. Jake’s prior experience in lending, going back to 2003, laid the foundation for solving complex real estate issues.

Drawing upon his background in assisting sellers with the task of transitioning from a home they have lived in for decades, Jake launched a “senior move management” business in 2021. This company provides valuable support to seniors during the process of packing, coordinating their moves, and downsizing as they transition into senior living communities.

In 2022, Jake expanded his services by becoming a licensed real estate agent in California, providing comprehensive solutions to his seller clients.

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On the other hand, there are some sellers who need a custom solution due to either the property’s condition or the seller’s personal situation, or a combination of the two.

When the property is in really bad shape, they’re likely going to sell to an investor, so it may make sense to save money on commissions and find their own investor.

Some examples of personal situations that we can help with are: hoarding, pre-foreclosure or other financial issues that require a fast home sale, house with non-paying tenants or squatters, severely delinquent property taxes, homeowners who want to rent back the home longer than normal, or sellers who value privacy and/or are embarrassed by their home.

If your seller lead meets these criteria, you should propose the idea of making an introduction to me. You can simply suggest to them that your partner or colleague buys houses and ask if they are interested in speaking with me. Remember, you are not performing real estate agent duties. See our disclaimer below. The main thing to keep in mind at this point is to qualify them as a good fit or not. I can help you with the documentation and process things.