I have a question for you agents who deal with repossessions and other homes that have been trashed.
I'm wondering about "normal" procedures.
A friend of mine from out of state is interested in a home here that needs one heck of a lot of work. She hasn't seen it in person - only the photos on MLS, most of which are of the pasture or the exterior of the house.
The last occupants took everything with them, so it needs all new flooring, new upper cabinets in the kitchen, a new furnace, and new light fixtures. Those are the things I noticed when I walked through it a few months ago - but since I wasn't interested in buying, I didn't take notes. And there are no public notes on the MLS entry.
Was the water pump still there? How about the water heater? I don't remember.From this mass of wires I assume something else is missing, but what?
To help my friend, I wrote the agent who has been keeping us updated on the price reductions. I asked if anyone had done a rough estimate of repair/replacement costs. She said no. So I asked if there was at least a list of items that had to be replaced to make the house livable. No response.
What do you do when faced with a house in this condition?
Do you provide buyers with a list or let each buyer who comes through make their own list? Do you put estimates in the file or let each buyer search for contractors and get estimates on their own?
I suppose I'll have to go have a look for myself - but I'm sure the agent won't be anxious to show it to me, since she knows I'm not the buyer.
How do YOU handle a situation such as this?