Foreclosure Cleanout Tips

A foreclosure cleanout in Fort Myers is typically a messy and difficult job to take on, even if you’ve done something like it before. You might be a real estate professional, a rental property investor, or someone looking for a good deal for your primary residence. It’s important to understand there’s more to foreclosure cleanout than just hauling junk away. Most likely, there will be a substantial amount of rehabilitation. Since the previous occupant could not afford to pay the monthly mortgage, there’s a very high probability you’ll discover significant issues in and outside the home.

Fort Myers Foreclosure Cleanout Tips

The first item on your to-do list for you Fort Myers property is to schedule a foreclosure clean out service before you start to rehab the property. This will take a big and filthy task off your hands. The next thing to do is to assess the condition of the home, once the foreclosure clean out service finishes all the junk hauling. Go through each room and take plenty of photos, making detailed notes along the way.

For those looking to score a deal on a home, foreclosed properties can offer a great opportunity. Lenders are looking to unload the property and will often offer up a deep discount to do so quickly. But the process of buying a foreclosed home can differ a little from traditional home sales. —Fox News.com

Decide what you’ll do with the existing fixtures and appliances. If there are old appliances needing to be replaced, just have the cleanout service haul those away. Depending on the overall condition, you might be able to save some of the existing fixtures and/or be able to repurpose items. When you have a good idea of what needs to be done, set a realistic budget and include a 15 percent to 20 percent contingency. Here are some more helpful foreclosure cleanout tips:

  • Start with the exterior. While you’ll probably be anxious to clean-up the interior and remodel it, but the first thing to do is to fix-up the exterior, including the landscaping. This comes first because the property might be in code violation. It also helps to have a nice curb appeal to keep trespassers and vandals away.
  • Replace the flooring. Unless the floors are restorable hardwood or tile in good condition, the flooring most likely needs to go — particularly if it’s carpet. Carpet collects allergens, stains, and conceals “pet damage,” which is dried urine.
  • Deep clean and disinfect. Go through the entire home, giving it a deep cleaning. You need to disinfect every surface in each room. Since the junk garbage is removed and the home empty, this will give you a clean, blank slate.
  • Schedule a home inspection. With the home empty, deep cleaned, and disinfected, it’s time to schedule a home inspection to learn about the condition of the major components and systems, such as the foundation, roof, electrical wiring, and plumbing.
  • Begin the rehab. After receiving the home inspection report, you’ll know what components and systems need to be repaired or replaced. You can then start the rehabilitation process and remodel it to restore it to livable condition.

When you’re ready to begin the rehabilitation process, just phone 239-580-6717 or visit AAA Rousse Services to schedule foreclosure cleanout. We serve the entire Fort Myers area and know it well; so, give us a call right now!

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