Ugly Houses Are Beautiful
I Love Ugly Houses!
I regularly drive around my local neighborhoods specifically looking for the ugly houses. Why you ask? Well, ugly houses are beautiful to me. They're beautiful because these houses have the most untapped potential. Bringing out the potential in a home is my livelihood, so obviously I would have a different opinion then that of your average passerby.
When I find an ugly house, I take down the address, look up the owner on the county assessor's website, then reach out by calling (if they're phone number is listed) or sending them a cash offer in the mail.
My experience dealing with ugly houses can help you to understand your options if you own an ugly house.
Owners of Ugly Houses have Three Options.
- Do nothing and keep their house ugly
- Renovate their house and make it beautiful again
- Cash in and move on
Option 1 is pretty straight forward. If you're happy in your ugly house, then just keep doing what you're doing. More power to you.
However, it's not likely you've found your way onto this page if you're happy with your ugly home. I'm guessing you want to make a change. So which change should it be? Renovate or cash in to move on?
Renovating Ugly Houses
There are tons of resources about renovating your home, so I won't go into the weeds on this. I've found Home Advisor particularly helpful. One commonality I've found is that most renovation categories generally cost around $10,000 each.
Need a new roof? $10k. Need new siding? $10k. Need a new bathroom? $10k. You get the picture. Kitchens are the exception, though. Plan on spending $20k there.
Most ugly houses need attention in multiple categories so the cost to renovate an ugly house can quickly add up. I'd recommend hiring a general contractor who has pre-vetted subcontractors that specialize in each category. This way, you can spend your time and energy on that one person rather than vetting multiple contractors for each category. Contractors are notorious for being shady. Adam Corolla even made a TV show about it called Catch a Contractor. It can be a total nightmare if you work with a shady contractor, so do your due diligence up front.
If your intentions for renovating is for you to continue to live there, I'd suggest allowing yourself to indulge a little on the niceties. Heck, you'll be living with it so you should love it. However, if your renovating in preparation to sell, be careful not to overbuild. This means that you need to pay attention to what's common in your neighborhood and try to keep it on par with that standard.
For example, if you live in a neighborhood where all the houses have asphalt shingles, you probably shouldn't install slate shingles. Just go with the herd when determining the level of quality of your materials.
Cashing In and Moving on from Your Ugly House
If you want to make a change, but renovating is too much of a strain on your cash flow, perhaps it's best to cash in and move on. This is where my team and I specialize.
We buy ugly houses for cash, as is, in as little as two weeks. We pay the closing costs so that the amount you're quoted is the amount you walk away with.
Our goal is to make the process simple and easy for you so you don't have to worry about a thing. We have the team and expertise to make this happen. Here's how the process works:
- Contact us by calling or filling out a contact form with your contact and property information.
- We'll meet up at your house, do a walk through, and present a cash offer.
- If the cash offer works for you, we'll sign a contract and set a closing date on your timeline.
- On the closing date, you get paid cash.
It's as simple and easy as that.
Regardless of what your intentions are, there's value in knowing your options. So even if you're not looking to cash in and move on, we'd still be happy to provide you with a quote so that you know what you can get and make an informed decision from there.