There are times when it’s necessary to sell a home quickly, and you may consider selling the property “as is” to save time. Is this the best way to handle the sale? Let’s explore the ins and outs of selling a home “as is” in Virginia.

πŸ€” What does selling a home “as is” mean?

Selling a home “as is” means that you are not making repairs or giving special cost considerations for the property in its current condition. The contract signed by the buyer spells out the terms of the “as is” sale, but they agree to buy the home without adjustments or repairs made by the seller due to any problems with the property.

πŸ›  Why choose the “as is” option?

When you decide to list your home with the intention of not making repairs for current problems, you’ll need to include the term “as is” in your listing details. It’s best to be upfront about your intentions to save time and avoid confusion.

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There are several reasons why a seller may choose the “as is” option when selling a home. Common reasons to sell include an inability to afford necessary repairs, financial concerns, and time constraints.

The home may need considerable repairs that are expensive to fix and are outside of your ability to manage. Selling without making the repairs could make sense, but it’s always best to consult your real estate agent to see if there are better ways to handle the sale.

If you find yourself in financial distress and need to sell quickly, you may want to use the “as is” option to speed the sale of the home. In this instance, it could make sense to entertain the possibility of selling your house to investors who specialize in buying homes like yours to fix them up for resale.

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Another common reason someone chooses to sell their home in the current condition is time-related due to illness or the passing of the homeowner. If you inherited a house that needs a great deal of attention when it comes to repairs, you might feel it makes better sense financially and emotionally to sell without making repairs.

🀝 How can a real estate agent help?

There are legalities involved in selling a home being sold with an “as is” condition that can cost you time and money if you’re unaware of the specifics. It’s sometimes confusing to know which laws need consideration according to your circumstances, and a real estate agent can provide clarity.

Should you choose to get a pre-inspection completed, your real estate agent can go over the results report with you to help you when deciding which items you may want to address before the listing. If there are small repairs that can enhance the sale, the real estate agent can let you know.

Pricing a home that is being sold with the “as is” clause has its challenges. You’ll want a comprehensive home valuation report that factors in current market trends and recently sold homes in your area and help in understanding how needed repairs impact those numbers.

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πŸ‘Ž What is the downside to selling “as is”?

Before deciding if using the “as is” option is best for your current needs, you’ll want to consider the downside. The downside includes fewer buyers, negative thoughts from buyers, lower offerings on the asking price, and the need to be more creative when selling.

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πŸ‘ What is the upside of selling “as is”?

There are several advantages when it comes to selling a house with an “as is” clause in the contract. Benefits include saving money, a faster sale, and less stress.

Selling a home “as is” doesn’t necessarily mean that the repairs are costly. There are instances where a person inherits a house and feels it’s less stressful and emotional to sell the house without delay, remodeling, or repairs because of the recent loss of the loved one.

If you find yourself in a crisis financially or don’t have the extra money to put into repairs, selling the home to a buyer that is prepared to cover the costs themselves can be a relief. In this case, you have the added benefit of a less stressful sale.

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When you sell a home with the understanding that you are not entertaining any repair or special condition requests, it saves time by giving the buyer a clear direction when it comes to your intentions. You also save the time that it would take to make renovations, do repairs, and go through negotiations.

❓ Do I have to reveal problems with the property?

According to Virginia state laws, there are certain things you must reveal when it comes to problems with your home in an “as is” sale. You do have some liberties that include letting the buyer know they should do their research when it comes to locating potential issues.

If your home is within a military air installation area or has defective drywall, you’re required to let potential buyers know about those things. Your real estate agent can help you with the best way to present these issues in your listing details.

If your property has septic system problems that need repair, but you’ve received a waiver from the Virginia Board of Health, you’ll need to let the buyer know about this issue. If you’re an investor who is selling a home that was used by previous residents as a meth lab and state cleaning requirements are not met, the buyer needs to know.

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Homes constructed before 1978 have guidelines when it comes to disclosures about lead-based paint and other hazards. However, a newly built home may not have limitations when it comes to disclosing problems.

πŸ”Ž Should I get a home inspection before selling?

Getting a home inspection through a qualified, licensed professional who specializes in residential inspections is an option that could be beneficial. This inspection can alert you to all problems with the property, even ones you may not be aware of, which can save time when dealing with the review a buyer may request to have done before purchasing.

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You may want to make this report available to potential buyers who are interested in the property as an investment or fix-up opportunity. Your real estate agent can help you with information on the pros and cons of this in your specific situation.

Selling a Home "As Is" in Virginia [2019]
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In a hurry to sell your home? Don't have money for repairs? Learn more about selling a home "as is" in Virginia before you decide to list your property.
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