Dealing with a termite infestation is never fun. It can be particularly frustrating when these little bugs infest a house that you want to sell. But just because they have invaded, doesn’t mean all hope is lost. In this post, we will give you pointers on how to sell a house with termite damage in San Antonio.
Let’s face it, having bugs in your house is disgusting. Potential buyers will get put-off by seeing any kind of creature running through your home. You need try to solve the problem at the first signs of infestation. This will not only save you money, but also frustration, down the road.
Determine The Size of The Infestation
First determine if you are dealing with a full-blown infestation or just a few bugs. Hopefully, it’s the latter and you’ve been able to catch them in time. But whether you have 1 or 1,000,000, never hesitate in handling the problem right away. A termite infestation can grow very rapidly, so be sure to take action at the first signs of them in your home.
Extermination Can Be Expensive
Depending on the size of the infestation, the extermination can cost into the thousands of dollars. That’s why it’s important to catch the invaders as quickly as possible. You don’t want to have to spend thousands of dollars on a problem that could’ve only cost a couple hundred. But if left unattended, termites can cause major structural damage, and even destroy your entire home.
It is important that you inform all potential buyers about the infestation and what you have done to remedy the situation. They need to be aware of what has happened to the home and be on the lookout for any resulting damages. Not doing so is fraudulent and can cost you big-time. It’s better to be upfront than to hide the problem. It may take longer to find a buyer, but at least you won’t be setting yourself up for a lawsuit.
Buyers May Have Funding Difficulties
As you might imagine, banks may not want to provide financing for a house that could potentially have a small army of intruders. Invasive termites and other pests can cause a wealth of problems. Termites can not only cause structural damage, but electrical damage, as well. It might be more difficult for your potential buyers to get a loan once the lender learns about the infestation. Keep this in mind, and provide any and all clean up and repair verification that the bank requires.
Buyers Might Get The Heebie Jeebies
People don’t typically like bugs, especially when they are in their house. Do all you can to ensure potential buyers that the problem has been eliminated. Consider having a preemptive inspection done in order to provide proof that there are no longer any bugs living in your walls. Also, do other things during open houses and property showings to emphasize the cleanliness and quality of the home. Make sure the place is squeaky clean, smells amazing and is decorated immaculately. Make the place look so great that potential buyers won’t even remember you ever had a problem with termites in the first place.
Consider Selling As-Is
There is a way you avoid the costs of extermination, listing, and waiting for the right buyer, and that is to sell your San Antonio house as-is. At Lone Star Real Estate Solutions LLC, we buy all sorts of distressed San Antonio houses. We will buy your house as it is right now and handle any of the problems that come along with it. A direct sale can help alleviate the costs and hassles of a burdensome San Antonio home.