How Do You Sell A House That Requires Major Repairs In The UK?

How do you sell a house that requires major repairs UK

When it comes to selling your house, this can be an extremely stressful time. The stress levels increase if your house needs major repairs too. This is even more of a challenge if you can’t afford those repairs!

How do you sell a house that requires major repairs?

  1. DIY repair your house to save money.
  2. Get builders to do the house repairs.
  3. Prioritise the repairs to get some quick wins, as minor repairs can make your home more saleable.
  4. Sell your house as is and don’t do the repairs, but fixer-uppers are not for everyone.
  5. Price it right.
  6. Sell to a home buying company.

How to Sell a House in Need of Repair in the UK in more detail

1. DIY repair your house – do it yourself and save some money

The first option if you want to sell a house that requires major repairs is to fix it up yourself. But if the repairs are major, it may be you aren’t able to do it yourself.

Major may include building work. It could include structural damage like subsidence. If it does need structural repair and especially if subsidence needs to be fixed, you are probably better off getting the experts in.

However, if major repairs includes a new bathroom, a new kitchen, decorating and such like,you may be able to cope with some of these repairs on a DIY basis.

But if some of these major repairs includes repairing the electrics, you much get an electrician it to fix this. In the UK it’s against the law to fix the electrics yourself. Plus it could be dangerous too.

You may be able to do some of the repairs yourself on a DIY basis and have builders, plumbers and electricians to help with other aspects.

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What should I fix before selling my house?

The very minimum improvements you might want to make to your house before selling include patching holes and cracks in the walls. Once these have been repaired, you should paint and decorate your house.

You might also want to attend to any broken windows, missing light fixtures or bulbs too. You may also want to check your roof for any missing or broken tiles or slates too.

Don’t neglect the exterior decorating too. Plus the garden. An over grown garden will put potential buyers off.

If you are able, you should consider updating your bathroom(s) and kitchen too. These are the rooms that sell houses.

Always remember that first impressions count. A fresh clean house is more likely to sell.

More Reading: Does upgrading your kitchen add value to your home UK? (What to spend)

2. Get builders to do the house repairs

If you can’t do DIY, either because you don’t have the time or you are not that way inclined, you may need to get the experts in to repair your house.

Of course using experts to repair your house before you sell it will be more expensive than going down the ‘do it yourself‘ route.

You will need to have the funds to be able to afford builders, plumbers and electricians.

But sometimes, by doing your house up and fixing the major repairs will pay dividends. You can many times get back much more than you spend in repairing what’s wrong.

If you don’t have the cash to repair your house, you may want to consider a short term loan to fund the repairs. Of course this short term borrowing can be paid-off when you sell your house.

3. Prioritise the repairs to get some quick wins, as minor repairs can make your home more saleable

When you’re selling a house it’s about making it saleable. If you were to do all major works, this might take a long time to complete. Not to mention the cost of doing the repairs.

But there are usually some quick wins that shouldn’t cost too much and won’t take too long to complete.

Easy quick wins includes creating a good first impression. For example, making the front garden presentable. A lick of paint on the front door and windows will make your house look loved.

If you have the time it would also be a good move to repaint the interior in a neutral colour. This isn’t expensive and can make a huge difference to the appearance of your house.

Whilst new carpets can be expensive, if they aren’t too old and shabby, a carpet clean would be in order. This will freshen the look of your carpets and freshen the smell too.

4. Sell your house as is and don’t do the repairs, but fixer-uppers are not for everyone

If you decide to sell your house without doing the major repairs, you will need to prepare yourself for offers significantly below the value of what your house could be worth otherwise. But be aware that fixer-upper houses don’t appeal to everyone.

By trying to sell a house in disrepair, you are cutting down on the market of buyers. There are some buyers who are happy to buy run-down houses. But the majority of home buyers prefer to move into a newly refurbished house. Not everyone is prepared to fix houses up.

This means your likely market of buyers are either going to be home-buyers looking for a project. Or alternatively, investors. Both of these potential buyers will not want to pay top-dollar for your house. So be prepare for some low-ball offers.

If a person is looking to buy for themselves and to do it up for their own home, they are likely to offer more than an investor. The reason for this is that an investor is running a business. Investors need to be able to make some money on turning your house around to sell to someone who wants to buy a done-up house instead.

5. Price it right

You need to make sure you price your house to reflect the work that needs to be done. You need to at least reduce the asking price by the total of the necessary repairs.

Your estate agent should be able to help with this, but be aware some estate agents tell you what you want to hear and are not always realistic.

6. Sell to a home buying company

This is covered in more detail below and is a good option to consider. One viable option is to use an assisted sale, which could mean you share in the uplift in the ultimate house sale.

How do you sell a house that requires major repairs UK – how best to sell it

Depending on which of the above options you choose. Whether you opt to repair or leave the house as is. How you actually sell your house is then another decision.

What are your selling options?

  1. Employ the services of an estate agent.
  2. Sell it at an auction.
  3. Sell the house yourself.
  4. Sell your house to a home buying company.

1. Employ the services of an estate agent

Whether you’ve done the work to repair your house or not, you can use an estate agent to sell it for you. Choosing the right estate agent can be tricky, but if you do your homework, but also seek the advice from at least two or three agents, you should be okay.

Choosing an estate agent that’s be recommended to you is always better. But if not, look at their reviews from previous customers.

If you are unable to do the major repairs to your house, you can sell it using an estate agent. However, the type of buyer you’ll be attracting will be investors mostly. There are usually only a handful of people who are looking for projects. Most people who are looking to buy through and estate agent are not looking for house requiring major repairs.

This where selling at auction is ideal.

2. Sell it at an auction

One of the best ways to sell a house that is in serious need of repair is through an auction. Of course you can sell your house using an auction even if you’ve repaired it, but you’re probably better off selling through an estate agent in the conventional way where you’ve fixed your house up.

If you choose to sell at an auction, you’ll need to decide on a reserve price. The reserve is your minimum sale price, at which the auctioneer will not sell it below. But if you’re keen to sell your house, be realistic with your reserve price.

The advantage of selling at auction is it’s quick.

3. Sell the house yourself

It is possible to sell your house without an estate agent. But if you choose to go down this route, you will need to meet the potential buyers yourself.

You will need to value your house, you’ll need to do all the viewings, deal with your solicitor and so on.

To sell your house yourself you need to be prepared to advertise it for sale in the appropriate places. This article on the top 11 steps to sell your house without an estate agent will help.

4. Sell your house to a home buying company

One of the big advantages of selling your house to investors is there are no estate agents fees. This of course assumes you’ve not already signed up to a contract to an agent beforehand.

The other advantage of selling to an investor is the speed at which it will happen. However, as investors, and as explained above, we obviously need to be making a profit in the deal.

The offer we make will need to take this into consideration. However, there are alternatively ways to buying out-right, which might mean you’ll get more for your property than you might do otherwise.

To find out how we can help you to sell you house that requires major repairs, please contact us.

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How Do You Sell A House That Requires Major Repairs In The UK?

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been investing in property since purchasing his first commercial property in the 1990's for his own Chartered Accountancy business. But his first property investment project was to turn an old dilapidated restaurant into a large 5-bed home, which he purchased for £117,500 and sold for £450,000 (to see an "after" photo of the house before it was sold see here: About). Russell owns a number of investment properties, which includes houses, flats and HMO's. More recently he has turned his creative side to investing in property using lease options. His largest lease option deal to date was to acquire 12 properties worth over £2 million for just £12, which means he paid just £1 to acquire each property!

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