Selling Property With An Infestation

It can be more difficult to sell a home with an infestation of bugs, rats or other pests, but there are still some ways to secure a swift sale at a competitive price.

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Your top questions when selling property with an infestation

✅ When is a property considered to have an infestation?

You have an infestation at your home if there is an excessive problem with pests, which can include insects, rats and more that can pose a health risk to humans. If an infestation is particularly bad, it can make a house unfit for people to live in. Spotting one mouse in a few years is not an infestation, but a property overrun with mice would fall in the definition.

✅ Am I required to tell potential buyers about a home infestation?

If you are aware that your home has an infestation problem and you are trying to sell the property, it is strongly recommended that you disclose the issue to any prospective buyers as part of the selling process. If you kept the problem secret and someone bought the property and then discovered the infestation, they could sue you for withholding this information.

✅ Why does an infestation make it harder to sell a property?

Because many people will associate the excessive presence of rats and other pests as creating potential health risks by being exposed to diseases that the pests might carry, or from their droppings. This concern can often be enough to make private buyers lose interest in a home, in which case you could consider selling to a fast buyer that won’t be put off by the infestation.

✅ What are my options for dealing with an infestation at my property when selling?

You have a few choices to make when trying to sell a house or flat with infestation. One option is paying to fix the problem, which generally involves the sometimes expensive process of having professional pest eliminators coming to your home and treating it. Another option is selling the home as is and trying to find a buyer without addressing the infestation.

✅ Should I pay to remediate an infestation before selling my home?

You don’t have to, and it’s entirely possible to get a fast and fair offer for your property, even with an infestation, by selling to a quick home buyer like LDN Properties. However, if you have the time and money available to remove the infestation before seeking a buyer, this will eliminate the problem and potentially increase the potential sale price of your property.

✅ What is the fastest method for selling a home with infestation?

Getting in touch with a quick property buyer is often your speediest option because these companies can typically complete the entire process of purchasing a home within just a handful of weeks, and that includes the time it takes to pay you the proceeds and exchange contracts. Selling on your own, via an estate agent, or at a property auction often all take at least many months.

✅ How much commission will I pay when selling my property with infestation?

If you sell your home through an estate agent or auctioneer, they will typically charge fees as a percentage of your property’s final sale price. However, if you sell your home on your own or to a no-fee quick property buyer, then you will not have to pay any commission.

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