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Selling a Home With Code Violations

Selling A Home With Code Violations

Hey Berks County, April Crossley here with Berks County House Fires, and today we’re going to talk about code violations. A lot of times people will ask me, “Can I sell my house if there are code violations in place?” The best part about selling your house for cash in Berks County is that we don’t do any inspections. Code violations are usually something the local municipality puts on your house or your rental property for a thing such as not cutting your grass, not having proper handrails in place. We recently bought a house where there was a deck that was built and there was no permit pulled for the deck and they thought the deck was over the property line. The sidewalk was broken up, on some houses, sidewalk need to be installed and there is no sidewalk. These are all examples of code violations. They’re not up to the local municipality’s code.

What happens when you go to sell the property is we’ve been buying in Berks County for 12 years, so we know pretty much every single code enforcement officer, and a lot of them are really willing to work with us because they know that we do great work when we buy a house’s cash in Berks County. Some municipalities will do what’s called a property transfer inspection on your property in Berks County where they will come through to make sure your sidewalks are in good condition and your house is up to code before you sell the property. Some do an exterior inspection, some do an exterior and an interior inspection. It doesn’t matter what shows up on these inspections, it’s not going to stop you from being able to sell the home to a cash house buyer. It will stop you from being able to sell the home on the market. A lot of people who are buying homes with a mortgage will want this stuff fixed or when they get an appraisal done, the appraiser will call it out and also want this stuff fixed. When you’re working with a cash house buyer like Berks County House Buyers, we don’t do any inspections, no appraisals, and there is no mortgage contingencies, so we can truly buy as is.

That means if there are code violations in place, we buy it with the code violations in place. We will take care of the code violations so that you don’t have to. So we go to the local municipality in Berks County, we talk to the code enforcement officer, and let them know we’re going to be buying this house for cash. The homeowner does not have the money to be fixing up this house, installing new sidewalks, handrails and doing everything you need to pass this code inspection. Is it okay if we buy it if we understand that we have to remedy these things within a certain number of days after settlement? I have never had them say no. They’re usually pretty flexible with that, so we can buy the house, we’ll buy it for cash, we can settle quickly or on your timeline, there’s never a rush on our end. We will start to fix up the house, then we will call the local municipality and have them come back out and redo their code inspection so that they can give it a passing code inspection.

None of this stops you from moving or selling another house. There’s no kind of lien or anything that has to be resolved for the municipality for it to pass code inspection. It’s just them saying that the buyer, which is Berks County House Buyers purchasing the home cash, is responsible for fixing all the code violations within a certain amount of time and having the home reinspected. So if you have a home in Berks County that has some possible code violations, but you don’t have the funds, money, or time to repair, give us a call, 610-816-6205 or check us out, berks610.com and do a free consultation with us for a no obligation cash offer on your home in Berks County.

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