After a large natural disaster such as a hurricane and all of the flood damage, it can be difficult to assess what exactly needs to be done with a damaged home. Many questions arise.
Should you focus your efforts on repairing the home, or should you sell the flooded house as is?
Either way, it is critical to evaluate a few things as quickly as possible in order to retain the greatest amount of value for a home.
Initial Things to Consider When It Comes Selling a Flooded Home vs. Repairing A Flooded Home
Begin by thoroughly assessing the damage on the house. A flood inspector or a FEMA inspector usually helps determine the severity of the damage. Check both the structural and foundational aspects of the home. Additionally, ensure the house is safe to occupy.
After ensuring that the home is safe to enter, begin cleaning the house. This helps further assess damage.
Rinse off surfaces and rid the house of mud and dirt. After taking photos of the state of the house, assess how much furniture and other belongings are damaged.
You should not instantly get rid of these items. Keep them in storage away from water for adjusters as photos are sometimes not enough. Cleaning items up quickly will help to assess the damage as soon as possible and also help to prevent greater damage.
Making the Final Decision to Repair the or Sell the Flooded Home
During a flood, it does not take a significant amount of water to create damages that can be extremely costly. An inch or less of water can create impairments to flooring and drywall that are critical.
If you have flood insurance to help with repairs, that is helpful but it also means that money will have to be spent on contractors to repair the home. Dependent on the amount of damage, it may also mean that the house may be uninhabitable for a few months.
If you have the capability to do repairs to a home and the proper resources, and then wish to sell, this can help to potentially increase the market value of the house.
However, if time and a budget are of the essence, then you may want to consider other options. You can get a cash sale offer for a home in order to get out of this situation and turn over the responsibility of handling repairs to an investor. This may be the best answer for some so that a flooded house does not develop into a long-term financial burden.
Decide In a Timely Manner
While this is a big decision, it is important to make it in the most timely manner possible. In any case, the home loses value the longer you sit and wait. If you wait to repair damage, the house descends in value.
If you wait an extended amount of time to sell the house as-is, then you become one of the many who have finally made that decision, and now home investors or builders will most likely not have to pay you as much for your home since supply is higher.
Essentially, evaluate the damage to the home and assess if you can a) afford to make the necessary repairs b) look over flood insurance (or home owner’s insurance as well since flooding is sometimes addressed) to determine what is covered and c) take the time to think about if you can deal with the stress that may come with a more drawn out process with home sale if you do not want to sell a house as-is.
Our team can help walk you through making this decision. Contact our team at Big State Home Buyers for expert advice and assistance on what do when a house floods.