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Published On: Mon, Apr 2nd, 2018

Crucial Things You Should Do Before Selling Your Home

The housing market has been a rocky place for the past few years, and even in the most favorable market conditions, you may still have problems selling your property. Even if your house is in perfect condition, freshly updated and modernized and is spic and span, you still may have a house sitting on the market for weeks at a time.

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Now imagine you have just experienced a house fire; a thought that is all too common for many residents in California. In a report put out by the National Fire Protection Association, there has been a spike from 2011 to 2015, where there were over 385,500 home fires in the United States. The results of these fires being over $6.7 billion in damages. And as of the end of 2017, the record-setting California wildfires are bound to add to that statistic, resulting in tens of thousands of fire-damaged homes and billions of dollars in insurance claims. Whether man-made or the effects of nature that are currently being seen in California, selling a damaged house may seem like an insurmountable task. Even if the damage wasn’t a concern, having gone through an experience like that or any other natural disasters, getting yourself out of that situation may be more difficult mentally than it is in reality.

However, there are things you can do to combat not only the house damage but also the emotional damage. Rebounding from such a life-altering event is never simple like they make it seem in the movies, but dealing with the emotional baggage and financial baggage can be incredibly difficult as well.

But if you are looking to place your fire-damaged home on the market, you can be successful if you take the right steps. Though these are not the end all and everyone’s journey is different, this list will provide an excellent stepping stone in anyone’s refurbishing journey explaining you how to selling your fire damaged home.

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Discuss your claim with your insurance company

If you haven’t already, contact your insurance company for advice and assistance in the

restoration process. Though unfortunately, you may not be able to cover the damages and expenses completely, this aid will help you get off your feet. Your insurance agent will also most likely be able to refer you to professional help in cleaning and restoring your home and will provide contacts, resources, and financial support.

Though doing many of these renovations yourself may be more cost-efficient. Statistically your house will sell for a higher profit if you utilize the help of professionals.

Gut your Home

Much like Chip Gaines enjoys on the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” a full gut job is the best way to begin the restoration of your home. Though cleaning and deodorizing your home may seem like a logical first step, smoke can seep behind cabinets and bulky furniture, making stains on your walls and locking in the smell of smoke. Before you do anything else, you need to gut your home.

If  you intend to keep your carpet and drapes (though this is highly discouraged), take them outside and use a heavy-duty vacuum to clean out the thick and oily soot. Once these items are removed (along with countertops and walls if necessary) clear any loose soot and ash from the remaining surfaces to prepare your home for a thorough clean.

When you are working on these renovations, always talk with a professional contractor or construction office to make sure you are well informed on how to gut without further damaging the house.

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Time for a Deep Clean

Many will opt for a professional cleaning service to create a clean slate for your home before you try to sell. This will, unfortunately, raise your costs a bit, but when you are talking with your insurance company, they may be offer to help you get a deal or help provide some funding.

Neutralize any remaining odor

This is not a Febreeze situation. If you are to skimp on anything, this is the one thing you have to be sure you spend good money on. The smell of smoke and burnt odor can stick around for months with little to no relief. Hire a professional and ask them to spray an odor-blocking encapsulation spray or a counteraction spray that can break up the smoke odor on the whole property after you finish your deep clean.

Do several safety checks

Whether you are calling an inspector or even the fire marshal to come and check your house or property for concerns, it is always best to have more than one opinion.

Listing your home and finding the right broker

Fire damage is required by many federal and state laws to be disclosed to all potential buyers. Though you have to be honest about the state of your home, do not forget to highlight the positive aspects of your property as well. If you have a desirable land plot as well, the house’s condition may not be as relevant. You are still absolutely able to selling your fire damaged home.

If you do not have the financial backing or if the damage is too severe, you do still have options. Find a broker who specializes in damaged or “projects” that can come out an assess your home. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to sell your home in no time.

Author: Ritchie Hedderman

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