Tips for Selling a Home with a Bug Problem

Posted by Justin Havre. on Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 8:44pm.

The problem with a bug infestation is that it is often difficult to get rid of pests once they have taken up residence in your house. While bugs are an inescapable part of living in this world, no one likes to share a home with them. If you are selling a Calgary home with a pest problem, it may be difficult, if not impossible, to find a buyer willing to deal with it.

It goes without saying that you should first do everything you can to get rid of the pests. Extermination companies are here to help you and hiring one can protect your home and its market value. Let the exterminator know that you are selling the house, and work with him or her on ways to minimize the evidence of pest extermination.

Invest in repairing any damage caused by the bugs. Not only is pest damage unsightly but the bugs may have compromised the safety of the home. For example, termites can weaken the structural integrity of the home. Once you get rid of them, have the house inspected and repair any damage.

The law requires full disclosure of any problems with the house. Therefore, you must tell your real estate agent and the buyer that the home has a pest problem. One way to overcome the challenge of revealing this information is to offer to pay for a year's worth of extermination services upon purchase of the house. A buyer may still consider the home if they feel they will have help combating the infestation.

You should still be prepared to lower the asking price, though, when selling a Calgary home with a bug problem. A bug infestation is often a sale killer, so even an offer that is less than what you want may be better than nothing at all.

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