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Selling a Vacant Home for Cash

Selling a vacant house is a lot different from selling one that is already occupied. In fact, if you have a house that is vacant and want to sell it, you need to consider some things first. You must make sure that you are aware of the challenges especially if you are looking to sell it fast. So are the things that you need to take note of and what needs to be done? Here’s what you need to know.

Reasons Why a House Becomes Vacant

There are a number of reasons as to why a house becomes vacant. Some houses could be vacant for days, months and even years but the most important thing to do is to find the best tenant for the property. If you are a homeowner who needs to sell a vacant house, you must understand that the longer the house sits vacant, the more problems you could face. As time rolls, vacant homes can experience wear and tear due to natural calamities and even vandals so it is best to sell it as soon as you possibly can. 

But what makes a house vacant? Here are some of the most common reasons why:

  • The owner has purchased a new home and has relocated – this is perhaps one of the most common reasons why a house becomes vacant. Owners have bought a new home and moved out of the area or they have another property that they want to live in thus the current house remains vacant.
  • Rental homes and tenants have been evicted – sellers who have a rental property and wish to sell it after the tenants have lefts is another good reason for a house to be vacant. 
  • It’s a newly constructed property – new houses are usually empty to begin with and selling it is a good idea.
  • The homeowner has passed away – either the house is an inherited one or going through probate, a house whose owner have passed away is often empty or vacant and therefore must be sold. 

2 Problems of Having a Vacant House

A house that has been sitting vacant for a couple of months can pose a tantamount of problems to the homeowner. And if the house stays vacant for a longer time, these problems can exacerbate in the long run and the homeowner may have a bad time fixing it. Here are a few problems that a vacant house encounters:

  • It’s a haven for criminals – one of the most common problems that a homeowner might experience is that their vacant house can be used as a hub for illegal activities. An empty house will often attract vandals and homeless people who will take advantage of the property given that it’s already empty. Junkies who are looking for a place to score can also use a vacant house to get high or even do drug dealings. This could be a big problem for the homeowner. Not only will the value of your house decreases but you will also need to redo everything in case items are broken or vandalized. It is basically waste of time and a lot of money on your part too. 
  • Requires more maintenance and repairs – a house that has been empty for some time is exposed to many issues. One of which is keeping up with the maintenance and repairs. Broken things can add up and will cost the homeowner a lot of money. It is also exposed to fires, water damages, molds and natural disasters. Keep in mind that a small leakage of water can lead to broken pipes, faucets and a whole lot of mess that could cause you thousands if not repaired right away. Growth of molds can also lead to a condemned house which is why it is important to make sure that your vacant house is in good shape before selling it.

Helpful Tips for Selling a Vacant House Quick

A vacant house once placed in the real estate market usually look alike but with a few tricks, you can easily sell your house faster than the rest. Here’s what you need to do:

Stage your vacant house – while this may sound too much work, it’s not. Yes, staging a house can be expensive but it could attract more buyers and you can increase your selling price. Keep in mind that you want to make the buyer picture themselves living in your house, so you might as well as decors that define each space in the house. Make your vacant house look like a potential house to live in and not just a vacant building.

High quality pictures are a must – adding pictures to your listing is a good idea but don’t just post any picture. Take pictures of your home in high quality; if you have a good camera to use great but if you don’t have the skills to take quality and inviting pictures then hire a pro. Professional photographers will not only help get good photos but can also help stage your house as to which angle looks great for people to see. Now that is a win!

Leave the utilities running – utilities that are kept on will keep the house up and running. Make sure to have running electricity and water in the house t as this prevents you further repairs in the future. Preparing your vacant house for winter or any other season is also important. Just because it’s empty doesn’t mean that you have to neglect it. Keep in mind that a house with no water or electricity will have lower offers than others. So make sure that your vacant house has it if you wish to sell your house faster. 

Keep it secured – as I have mentioned earlier, a vacant house is a hub for many outsiders. You don’t want your vacant home to be vandalized or destroyed, right? So what you need to do is to make sure that the house is secured. Keep the doors and windows locked, closed and with proper padlocks. The last thing you want to happen is to find out that squatters are living in your property or it has been defaced by people who had nothing else to do. This could not only destroy your property but also decreases your house value and could even be a legal problem in the future.

Repairs and fixes – make sure to repair any broken things in your home. It could be a faucet, sink, doors, windows etc. This could potentially add value to your home and if there are any major repairs, you need to disclose them to any potential buyer. Transparency is always a good thing. 

How to Sell Your Vacant House

Selling a vacant home is very possible. Of course, you have to know how to do this and if this is your first time to do so, you need help to do that.

  1. A real estate agent is the best person to talk to when it comes to selling a vacant house especially if you need cash. Agents can give you a good idea as to how much your house will sell in the open market by comparing it to other house listings. They can also help you with the find the right buyer, fill you in with the process as well as do the negotiations on your behalf. The only thing you might not like is that this could take time depending on the condition of your house and where it is located. You must also pay your real estate agent and the buyer’s agent which is usually around 6% of the sale. 
  2. If you don’t have plans of getting a real estate agent, you can also sell it on your own or as For Sale By Owner. The only downside to this is that you will the one responsible for all the processing, paperwork and negotiations. You must also schedule the showing of your house and tour visitors on your own. This might sound like a huge task but at least you don’t need to pay real estate agents too much.
  3. You can also sell to an investor or companies that buy houses. This is by far a quick process when it comes to selling your home since it can only take a few weeks. However, the downside to this is that these companies will not pay full market value for the house and they will only buy a vacant house if they know that they can profit from it. On the other hand if you are in need of cash, this is the quickest way to go. 

Selling a vacant home is not a problem as it can be done easily. The only thing you need to decide on is whether to move on with the sale or not and once you have decided, everything else will follow. 

Steven Kaplan
Steven Kaplan
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jerry gallegos
16:18 09 Aug 21
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Christopher Kampshoff
Christopher Kampshoff
00:30 07 Aug 21
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Kelly Brown
Kelly Brown
18:48 27 Jul 21
I attempted to work with Allen, from this company. He seemed very nice and I was curious about what their company would give me for my home, if there were no realtors commissions involved. He said he needed to see the house. He came over and took a bunch of pictures and said he would talk to his partner Ryan, (the numbers guy), and get back with me in a half an hour. I didn’t hear from him that day. The next day I received a text from him, saying he would contact me on Monday. On Monday, he texted to see if I could talk at 12:00? I said, yes, he never called. Tuesday I receive a call from a random realtor telling me that Allen’s company has referred me to him. I call Allen, of course, to ask him what the heck is going on and he says yes, I work with this realtor, but I didn’t give him your information, he pouched it from our website!! I then say, so are you going to work with me and I find out, exactly what I already knew, they couldn’t offer enough money for my house, so they are not going to make an offer, HUGE SURPRISE!! #1, if you want your personal information safe, do not work with this company and #2, if you want a good offer on your home, don’t work with this company. I bought my home 3 years ago, it’s in great condition, in a great zip code and the market is through the roof!! If you can’t buy a house and get close to what someone needs financially right now, I don’t know when you can! Pick another company besides this one!! There are many!! Stay far away from this particular WE BUY HOUSES FOR CASH!!! You have been warned!!!
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Carolyn Gobel
18:16 22 Jul 21
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Carlos Caballero
Carlos Caballero
19:15 23 Jun 21
Thank you guys for your help with my Grandmas home. It was in rough shape and she left so much stuff. We couldn’t have taken on cleaning it out and the project.
jesse phalin
jesse phalin
01:29 18 May 21
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Went above and beyond assisting me through this process. Helped me move my things and even let me leave what I wasn’t taking with me. Thanks for all of the hard work.
Kelly Stewart
Kelly Stewart
21:27 08 May 21
My husband handled the process but felt good dealing with this local company and they did not try to change price after seeing the house. They actually offered higher once they saw our home. Had 5 companies come our to give us bids and they all were bait and switch. They beat everyone’s offers too. We tried to list before and couldn’t sell. I don’t know why anyone would work with head aches of real estate agents and paying commissions, banks, inspectors and the time to close only to walk away with the same money. Thank you Ryan and Jamie.
degan Stewart
degan Stewart
21:23 08 May 21
Thank you guys so much. Jamie is so sweet and on it. Ryan Is one of the most genuine people I’ve met in Vegas. They did what they said they’d do when they said they would and kept us in the loop the whole time
Brian Higgins
Brian Higgins
22:00 04 May 21
Thank you guys so much for everything. Ryan and Jamie Helped me find a place to get out of our old place. It was so nice to have the moving company just handle everything for me.
Sheila Winn
Sheila Winn
19:05 09 Apr 21
I struggled with the idea of selling my house to a "flipper". This company was fair, professional and extremely helpful every step of the way. I never had to wait for a response from Kelly Schnippel when I had a question or concern.I personally would recommend them to anyone looking to get a fair price for their property all the while getting kindness, professionalism and assistance from the buyer.Thank you Kelly Schnippel! I appreciate YOU and your team!Sheila Winn
Valerie Grijalva
Valerie Grijalva
17:30 27 Feb 21
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Ann Reback
Ann Reback
18:51 25 Feb 21
Thank you for your professional and personal help in this process. You and your team have been so knowledgeable, responsive, courteous and kind...understanding my goals and executing each step in a timely and professional manner! THANK YOU! I will recommend you and your team to friends and others in our community.
Aviv Ben Shimon
Aviv Ben Shimon
16:38 25 Feb 21
Jess Lapensee
Jess Lapensee
16:31 25 Feb 21
From start to finish the selling process was quick and easy!
Eyal Karban
Eyal Karban
16:22 25 Feb 21
The best team in the business!Really helped us to cash out our home, very fast, very professional, great price, thank you!
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jevim kale
04:17 27 Jan 21
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Kate 7Timmons7
Kate 7Timmons7
01:02 26 Nov 20
We were looking to sell our home and called We Buy Any Vegas House so we could get more information. We spoke to Casey Ryan. Ryan was informative, answered our questions, and he went out of his way to give us the best advice on selling our home. Kelly was also helpful and was quick to answer any questions we had.We recommend calling We Buy Any Vegas House to anyone interested in selling their home.
Towik Jes
Towik Jes
05:36 16 Nov 20
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Alexa Pughlet
Alexa Pughlet
04:15 17 Sep 20
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Pauletta Smith
Pauletta Smith
21:08 02 Sep 20
I contacted them on 8/06/2020 and had my check in my hand on 9/01/2020! They were fast, professional, and gave me a very fair offer for my property. I had to get out of my house pretty quick because of a medical problem and I was able to do most of the paperwork on line. The title company they worked with was great. Very fast and very thorough. No snags. Easy transaction! Signed all the papers and had my money 5 days later. I would recommend them to anybody. Plus...packed and took what I needed and left the rest. No cleaning or trying to find someone to take what I didnt want. Awesome! Thank you.
James Aimery
James Aimery
05:11 08 Aug 20
We Buy Any Vegas House was a great business team. Staff were helpful, friendly and responsive. I was able to sell my house within 2 months in an area where real estate agents are struggling with many properties on the market for much longer periods. I would recommend them to anyone thinking of selling.
Wayne Romerobel
Wayne Romerobel
03:57 30 Jun 20
These guys are the best place to sell your house in Las Vegas. They gave me a fair price and closed quick for maximum convenience. These people are professional, efficient, and extremely friendly.
Lynne M
Lynne M
04:52 24 Jun 20
I have nothing but positive things to say about this company! I needed to sell a house quickly after a death in my family. I spoke with several Cash for Houses Companies in Las Vegas and settled on We Buy Any Vegas House. Everyone was very sensitive about my situation, helpful, answered all my questions and extremely responsive when I called. Ryan and Kelly were awesome!After we settled on a price everything went super smoothly in escrow and again if I had any concerns or questions there was immediate feedback. Also the fact that I was able to do this remotely as I live in California was extremely helpful! I am so grateful for all the help I received during a very challenging time in my life.
Frank Lyod
Frank Lyod
04:21 12 Jun 20
Great team! Glad we chose We Buy Any Vegas House team who understood the market of real estate in our city. They gave us a fair cash offer for our home. We accepted and closed very quickly. We are happy with the outcome and the way we were treated from start to finish.
Sharla Olivaresretento
Sharla Olivaresretento
04:20 28 May 20
Had a really great experience working with We Buy Any Vegas House.com! I really needed to sell my house in Las Vegas and they helped out. Thank you so much!!
Tom Cruz
Tom Cruz
04:11 12 May 20
If/when I do decide to list my home, We Buy Any Vegas House will be the first place I call. They are professional, helpful, and friendly. They provided a lot of helpful information during the course of our business.
Robinson Hunk
Robinson Hunk
04:31 25 Apr 20
We Buy Any Vegas House buyers is a great blessing to my family. Our house was actually sold very fast, in just 7 days processed. Thank you so much!
Florinda Shuff
Florinda Shuff
04:42 08 Apr 20
Las Vegas home buyers has been great to work with. They’re very knowledgeable in real estate and always do what they say. I highly recommend We Buy Any Vegas House.
Florinda Shuff
Florinda Shuff
04:53 21 Jan 20
I got an amazing job offer down in Las Vegas and needed to sell my house fast. First, they explained everything to me and how it all works (selling your house for cash). The process was pretty easy and quick which I appreciated greatly!!
Freddy Aleman
Freddy Aleman
18:47 27 Dec 19
My wife and I recently bought a home from Casey Ryan. The home we purchased is located in Centennial Hills. Gorgeous remodel. Casey and his team did a great job of designing the home. We ran into a couple of issues shortly after moving in. Casey had his people out quickly during Christmas week to make a couple of repairs. He gave my wife and I peace of mind during a chaotic holiday week and for that we will always appreciate him. I would recommend a Casey Ryan home to my friends and relatives.
Angela Rienstra
Angela Rienstra
21:06 26 Dec 19
I needed to sell my house from out of state ASAP. I looked into some other larger name companies and was disappointed with their turn-around time and lack of customer service. I'm so grateful to have found Ryan (and Kelly)! They understood my time crunch and moved heaven and earth to buy my house at a fair price and closed by the promised date. They were with me every step of the way and offered world class service! 100% would recommend to anyone!
Sue Kuckelmann
Sue Kuckelmann
17:02 16 Nov 19
We couldn’t be more pleased with the service provided. From start to finish the team was professional and extremely helpful. All the deadlines were met or exceeded even when I was in Arizona and my husband was in Las Vegas. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking to sell in Las Vegas.
Sam Thompson
Sam Thompson
17:47 25 Oct 19
Great people and very professional. Treated me and my situation fairly and with care.
Mandy Majano
Mandy Majano
01:49 07 Oct 19
They did exactly what they said they would. Great company! Highly suggest!
Anthony Montonini
Anthony Montonini
01:31 07 Oct 19
Thank you guys. We were selling our house to Casey And Ryan and there was some HOA liens that totaled over $40k and they met with the HOA board with me and got them reduced to less than $5k so I walked away with $35k more than I thought I was going to. True professionals!
Nicole Dur
Nicole Dur
01:20 07 Oct 19
My grandma needed help selling after my grandpa passed :( anyways I found them through google and they really treated her like their own family. And let us leave a lot of the stuff she had accumulated over 40 years in the house. Thank you Casey and Ryan!!
pat rolman
pat rolman
01:13 07 Oct 19
These guys have true character. We signed agreement to buy my house then my situation changed and they didn’t force me to move forward. Then 2 months later I needed to sell it and they helped me find a new place any everything. They are really Great people.
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That_one_random_ Crafter
00:06 24 May 19
This was so easy Casey was very helpful and kept in contact through the entire process thank you again for everything. Highly recommend this company.
Lela Leedham
Lela Leedham
03:08 22 Feb 19
Great experience working with Casey and Ryan. We would recommend them anytime. They are very knowledgeable and very professional.
Emily Binder
Emily Binder
21:16 18 Feb 19
Jennifer Gibbs
Jennifer Gibbs
19:58 18 Feb 19
A very impressive operation. Very professional and knowledgeable. They follow up when they say they will. Very helpful Team. If you're looking for a fast and fair cash offer on your home, these are the guys to call!
Mario Elizondo
Mario Elizondo
19:58 18 Feb 19
Very professional and a pleasure to work with.
Danny O'Bannon
Danny O'Bannon
19:53 18 Feb 19
I called 5 different companies from google trying to find a company that would pay the most for my rental and their offer was higher than the others. Extremely streamlined process. Easiest transaction I’ve done
Ross Greene
Ross Greene
18:04 17 Feb 19
Ryan & Casey were great to work with! Absolute pro's in the business. I would definitely recommend them. If only I could give them more than 5 stars. Hope to work with them again soon! Thanks guys!
Pam Dickerson
Pam Dickerson
23:53 15 Feb 19
Excellent customer service! Helped us through the entire process. Highly recommend!
steve Balsacker
steve Balsacker
19:35 14 Feb 19
Me and my wife had gone through a divorce and we wanted a quick way to get rid of our property so we could just move on with our lives, Thankfully Ryan came in and helped us out, I didn't have the time to deal with the headache of people coming in and out as well as all the repairs that were needed. He gave me top dollar for my home and I was out in 7 days!
jason almeida
jason almeida
16:52 14 Feb 19
We have seen their signs around town and thought it was a scam, we decided to give them a call and I couldn't have been happier with our experience. They were professional and knowledgable, they paid for all closing costs and even helped with our family move. Great guys and great company! Thanks again!
Peter Floratos
Peter Floratos
04:51 14 Feb 19
This team handles their business right. They are a pleasure to work with.
Tyler Hubbs
Tyler Hubbs
04:38 14 Feb 19
Ryan and Casey treated me with patience and respect during the whole transaction! Very trustworthy and explained each and every question I had!! I would highly recommend We Buy Any Vegas House!!
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