If your home has been damaged due to settling soil, sinkhole, stair step cracks, and similar settlement activity, we need to talk. I specialize in buying homes with sink hole damage in and around metro Orlando Florida.
If you are a Realtor and you come across a property that has this sort of damage, before you try and list it in the MLS please consider calling me first. I will get you paid your full commission and get the home sold quickly. Sinkhole damage repair and estimate is a specialty that few real estate professionals know how to handle or properly determine value for. Let me help.
Now if the house is cracked in half or 6 feet in a hole, I probably won't be interested. The house has to be at least fixable. But give me a call anyway and myself or one of my team members can come out and investigate the damage. We Buy Sinkhole Houses in Central Florida.
Typically the insurance company will pay the replacement cost of the home and that will hopefully pay off your mortgage - even on upside down short sale deals. We will need to obtain a copy of the engineering report that gives a full detail of the damage and the soil underground. It's a nice thick booklet (and hopefully a CD) given to you after the insurance company has sent their inspectors out to do soil studies.
Sinkholes are naturally occurring in Florida due to our high water table and underground aquifer. As water drains or drys up underground, soil way down below the surface can settle - often small caves and crevices collapse. This causes the soil above it to settle a few inches or feet thus causing a sinkhole. If there is a structure on the ground surface, it can cause damage to that structure. The obvious signs are stair step cracks on the exterior concrete blocks; cracks around the base boards, ceilings, and windows; and driveways / sidewalks with large sunken or cracked areas.
Many of these homes are located in the sinkhole belt just north of Tampa in Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties. The other major sinkhole area which is where we specialize in is the St Johns and Wekiva River Basins which feeds around the cities of Orlando, Kissimmee, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Apopka, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Winter Springs, Lake Mary, Deltona, Debary, Orange City, Mount Dora, Eustis, and Ocala.
Florida law requires a special disclosure form regarding sinkhole activity and claims paid out for sinkholes. So even if your property gets repaired, it can possibly be permanently "stigmatized" due to the prior damage. Check out these Frequently Asked Questions about sinkholes from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
I work with contractors and crews that know how to fix these problems at a reasonable price so that the house once again is made solid. I also work with several buyers that are looking to buy these deals. So if for some reason I'm not ready to buy your sinkhole home, I know several people that will.
So if you have a home with sinkhole damage or even if you just have a home you want to sell fast to a cash buyer, please give me a call. Rob Arnold - buying and selling homes in the Central Florida / Orlando for nearly 20 years now. The We Buy Houses Cash guy.