How to Sell a House with Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most frequent problems suffered by homeowners. In the UK, insurers pay out as much as £8 million per day to cover water damage claims.


Typically, the most common causes of water damage are leaking toilets, rusty or otherwise damaged pipes, sewage issues, old or poorly maintained water heaters, or cross-connection complications.


If you want to sell your house fast, water damage can be a huge barrier. However, there are steps you can take to mitigate the situation and still arrive at a successful sale.


Reduce the Total Damage by Acting Fast


Of course, the first and most important step is to act fast once a leak is detected. Don’t hesitate to call in a plumber to resolve the issue. Once the leak has been halted it is imperative that you begin cleaning up the mess and repairing the damage as fast as possible.


Firstly, remove all items and furniture from the flooded or water-damaged area. If you own a dehumidifier or have a few fans laying around, now is the time to use them. Attempting to dry the damaged area can help prevent the development of mould and reduce the overall damage caused.


Before you begin repairs, take pictures of the damage from all angles. This will be useful when filing an insurance claim or when you have to explain the damage to a potential buyer.


Planning to Sell? Repair What You Can


If you are a practical person then start repairing the area to the best of your abilities. Or, if you can afford it, call in the professionals to fix the mess. Potential buyers will undoubtedly be put off by water damage so it’s important to get rid of it before viewings begin.


Should you be strapped for cash and unable to repair the water damage yourself, don’t attempt to hide it during viewings. Potential buyers will find it. Whether they notice it during a viewing or it gets discovered by a surveyor, they’ll find it and they will be very unhappy that you misled them. It could scupper the deal, or worse, lead to a court case.


Selling Your Home With Water Damage


If you have been unable to repair the damage and potential buyers have been reluctant to buy the place as a result, you might want to consider other options. Here at Zoom, we’ll consider the purchase of any property and we can make the sale happen fast. Get in touch today and arrange a visit from one of our friendly staff.


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Jeremy Baker

Jeremy is seasoned writer with a real time grasp of the UK property market. With a profound understanding of real estate dynamics and an intuitive feel for market trends, he provides readers with valuable insights and analysis.