10 Ways to Sell a Home with a Wet Basement!

Home Builder with Basement Systems Inc

Flooded BasementWet basements are a homeowner's and a real estate agent's worst nightmare.

The dingy walls, the awfull smells, the water stains are definitely not an asset ,and may render an otherwise good piece of property impossible to sell.

Wet basements are not just ugly and smelly. They are bad for your health and for your pocket.

The way the air moves inside a building causes the spores from the mold in the basement, to be carried upstairs. Sensitive people can develop allergy symptoms breathing that air, and if the mold happens to be of the toxic kind, everyone in the household can get really sick.

The dampness is also carried upstairs with the air, raising the RH levels in the upper floors. Humid air is much harder to cool and heat, so you end paying more for utilities as well.

In addition  there are the liability issues, and the disclosure laws.

Bottom line: nobody wants to own, buy or be in charge of selling a home with a wet basement.

If you follow my blog you probably read my post on How to Spot a Wet Basement, showing you exactly what to look for when inspecting a listing.

But what if, after thoroughly checking the premises, you find that the basement is, in fact, wet, damp or leaky?


This great series of articles published by RIS Media will show you that there are  10  Ways to Sell a Home with a Wet Basement.

Or you can just contact us for a free inspection and let one of our dealers help sort things out!





















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Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

It's always nice when people take the time to give some helpful hints on better ways to sell houses or how to work around problems that sometimes can't be stopped. Luckily for me there are not many "wet basements" in southern CA. Good luck and happy holidays.

I hope you'll remember me if you learn of anyone moving to "The OC" and I will do the same!

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors           

Dec 01, 2009 06:43 AM #1
Holly Weatherwax
Associate Broker, Momentum Realty - Reston, VA
A Great Real Estate Experience

This is good information. I just went through a sale like this. Dealing directly and openly with the problem and using reputable contractors was the key to satisfying the buyer and the seller.

Dec 01, 2009 06:55 AM #2
Richard Mielke
RE/MAX Results - Gettysburg, PA
REALTOR, Gettysburg Pennsylvania Real Estate

I just had a buyer nix the home of his dreams because of an ongoing problem with water in the basement

Dec 01, 2009 07:06 AM #3
Cynthia Freeney
Basement Systems Inc - Seymour, CT

Thanks everyone for the feedback!

Richard, that is a pity.

I've been home shopping and I know how difficult it is to find the "dream home". Having to walk away from it because od something like this is sad.

So that you know, all of out dealers offer free inspection and estimates for Real Estate transaction purposes. They will inspect the place, make their recomendations and a quote.

You client could then negotiated the price based on that quote.

Their patented system, which have been used with success for over 20 years,  can be installed in a matter of days, with minimal disruption and without wrecking the property or the landscape. And costs 50% less than conventional methods.

The lifetime warranty offered on waterproofing systems is fully transferable. So the seller could have it installed and your client would be covered by it after the sale.

We have dealers all acress the US. The link in the article will help locate one in your area









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