Selling a house with rot problems

Dry rot can be a potential problem when selling your house or flat because it can destroy the timber in your property and spread to other items such as furniture.

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Questions and answers about selling a property with dry rot

✅ Can dry rot cause any serious problems for a house or flat?

Yes. Left untreated, dry rot has the potential to cause significant damage to your property, including major structural harm. It’s a fungus that attacks timber, so if you don’t stop it from spreading it can destroy wooden frames, beams and other timber in your house or flat.

✅ Is dry rot always a visible problem?

Not necessarily. Dry rot can be visible whether in small or large cases, but it can also be occurring within the walls of your home where you can’t see it. The best way to assess whether you have an active problem is to use a dry rot detector to test for the presence of the fungus.

✅ Why does dry rot cause problems with selling a property?

If you have dry rot in your house or flat, regardless of the scale of the problem, it can deter some people from wanting to buy the property. They will be concerned about the cost of having to fix the problem if they buy your home, or the potential recurrence of dry rot even if it’s fixed.

✅ Should I pay to address dry rot before trying to sell my home?

It depends on your unique circumstances. If you have the time, money and willingness to remove the dry rot before selling your home then you can do so. But for many homeowners they can’t afford to wait to sell and therefore cannot fix the dry rot before searching for buyers.

✅ Will I have to pay commission for selling my home with dry rot?

No, it depends on how you choose to sell your home. If you decide to find a buyer through an estate agent or an auctioneer then they will charge you fees that will reduce your total profit. But if you sell to a quick cash buyer like LDN Properties then usually won’t charge you any fees.

✅ What's the speediest option for selling my property if it has dry rot?

If you try to sell your home with dry rot through an estate agent there’s no certainty on when it might sell and it could take many months. An auction will be quicker but it might still take a couple of months, whilst a fast cash buyer can usually complete the sale within a few weeks.

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