How To Sell Your House With Code Violations?

Houses are covered by plenty of residential building codes. From requirements in fence height to ventilation, your old house may be violating one or two building codes set forth by your local authorities.


And let’s face it. Keeping up with residential building codes can get overwhelming and costly. Sometimes, the best solution is to sell the property. This can be more difficult than selling a perfectly compliant house — but it’s not impossible.

5 Tips When Selling a House With Code Violations

If you are trying to sell a house with code violations, keeping these tips and best practices in mind can help you find a buyer and make a sale! 

Set Your Expectations 

Every seller is after getting the best price for their old houses, but don’t let yourself get blinded by all those high selling prices on listing sites. Because your house is old and has a couple of code violations, you need to set your expectations straight and understand that you may not be able to get the highest value for your property. 


If you want to put the house on the market with a high asking price, you can opt to have some damages repaired and remedy the code violations. However, the expenses for this will come from your own pocket. It might be a good investment, however, considering that you can receive a higher offer for your newly repaired property. 

Stage the House 

Your buyers are going to judge their next potential home very seriously, so you want to make the property presentable. Even with damages and code violations, there are things you can do to make the house look worthy of a sale. 


Some things you can do to make the property look more appealing are the following: 

  • Highlight the best features of the house and leverage them as your main selling point.
  • Clean up both the interior and exterior 
  • Mow the lawn and get rid of weeds and debris 
  • Move furniture around and position them in the best manner 


No matter how damaged the property is, there are things you can do to make it look more appealing to your potential buyers. Your goal is to show your buyers that the house can really be something after the repairs or renovations have been made. 

Find the Right Buyer 

Let’s face it. Not everyone will want to buy a damaged house with code violations. But there are a select number of people who don’t look for perfect houses and instead want something that they can build or repair to make their own. 


You need to find the right buyer — someone who is up for handling the repairs and is willing to pay a fair price for your piece of property. Finding the right audience to market your listing to will help you make a sale easier and much faster than just putting it in a market where it has to compete with perfectly good houses. 

Disclose All Damages and Issues 

Some sellers make the big mistake of hiding certain issues and violations when selling their properties. But you are required by law to make accurate and complete disclosures about the condition of the home you are selling. Not doing so will expose you to liability and even lawsuits. 


Be transparent with your potential buyers and let them know all the damages present, the repairs that you made, documentation of all types of work done on the property, etc. Inspect the house and make a comprehensive list of everything your buyer should know so you don’t miss anything. 


Being honest about damages and issues will not only protect you from future headaches but also makes you confident that you are selling legally and ethically. 

You Don’t Need to Settle for Less 

You might have the wrong impression that your house, just because it has code violations, is now worth nothing. But that’s not true! You can still get a fair value for the current condition of the property. 


It’s important that you know how much your home is worth so that you can sell it at a price that is fair to both you and your potential buyers. After the renovations and repairs have been made, the house you are selling may have a lot of potential. So don’t give it away and settle for less just yet. 

Skye Homes Can Help You Sell Your House With Code Violations 

Selling a house with code violations is no doubt a difficult endeavor. We’re here so that you don’t have to go through the hassle. Skye Homes is an independent and direct buyer of houses in the Bay Area. We purchase your home as-is, without the need for you to do any repairs or renovations. We can offer you a no-obligation, all-cash offer within a few days and if you accept, we can close the sale. 


Turn your house with code violations into liquidated assets. Get started with us today by requesting an offer or scheduling a free home analysis.


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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.