Having a house damaged by fire is always a painful experience and depending on the extent of the fire damage, it may be necessary to sell the house “as is” instead of fixing it before selling. If you decide to sell the house without repairs, the next step is to find a reputable buyer.
The first thing you must know is that if you decide to sell the house “as is”, you may not get the best possible price unless you are knowledgeable in real estate sales or deal with reputable companies. If you decide to sell a fire damaged house, follow these steps to choose a reputable buyer.
Sell Your Fire Damaged House Yourself or Using a Professional
Decide if you want to manage the sale of the house on your own or use the services of a real estate professional. This is important because the process can be a little intimidating if you are not familiar with it. There are a number of companies like We Buy Fire Damaged Houses that specialize in buying and refurbishing fire, and flood damaged houses. They understand the process and can make it easy by buying the house “as is” without any repairs by you.
How to Find Reputable Buyers for Your Fire Damaged Real Estate
If you decide to manage the sale on your own, there are a few things you must do and one of them is checking the reputation of potential buyers. How you do this depends on your expertise and experience.
1. Read Online Reviews
Begin by reading online reviews for all potential buyers. Most companies that specialize in buying fire damaged houses have been in the business for a long time. This means they have dealt with other sellers in the past. These sellers may have left their opinions and views of these transactions. Social Media websites like Facebook and Yelp, local information aggregators like Whitepages, Yellowpages, and Google Local are good places to begin. Read the reviews and make sure you are dealing with reputable companies.
2. Search Professional Organizations
Business organizations like the Better Business Bureau (BBB), local Chamber of Commerce and similar organizations accumulate information about local business and are ready to help you find and retain the services of reputable companies. Contact your local BBB and Chamber of Commerce offices, and verify that the companies you are considering are members of these organizations in good standing.
3. Ask for References
Ask the companies you are looking to do business with for at least three references. Call those references for verification. This ensures that you are dealing with solid businesses.
4. Look at Their Website
Reputable buyers have professional websites that tell clearly what they do, how long they have been in business, the names of the owners and officers, and their full addresses and contact information.
We Buy Fire Damaged Houses
Following these simple steps will help you narrow down the list of potential buyers and zero in on only the reputable ones. If you have any questions or looking for a reputable company to buy your fire or flood damaged home, call us today at 817-495-6685 or 817-229-5155.