What Are Ugly Houses?

(September 22, 2016)

If you’ve ever seen those signs about companies that will buy an ugly house, you may start to wonder – uh oh, what if my house is ugly? Will it be harder to sell? Will it take longer to sell? How much can I get for it? What does the term even mean??

When you think of the term ugly houses you probably envision an outrageous exterior color like neon aqua, unbalanced, asymmetrical ugly housearchitecture, or maybe a rickety, falling down porch. All of these things can be considered as “ugly”, yes, but there are other conditions which may cause your home to fall into this undesirable category:

  • Outdated décor – do visitors expect Lucy and Ricky to walk into the room at any moment, or do your feet disappear in the shag carpeting?
  • Beaten up flooring – nicks, scratches, tears in laminate, large areas of wood where the varnish has worn away, broken tiles, all of these are eyesores.
  • Shabby (not chic) – there’s stylish shabby (vintage lamps and handmade throw pillows) and then there’s just…shabby (peeling paint, sheets used as curtains, etc.).
  • Mountains of stuff – whether the clutter is inside or out, excess stuff can ruin the appearance of any home.
  • Unpleasant odors – homes with a lot of pet stains, or a mold or mildew problem, also fall into the category of ugly houses.

These kinds of houses can and do sell all the time (often to investors). You just may not get quite the same price as the “pretty” houses in the neighborhood.

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Jennifer Shenbaum

Written by Jennifer Shenbaum

Jennifer Shenbaum is a real estate investor based in Southern California. She is a veteran of the housing market crash of 2007. Best of all, she offers free remodeling ideas to all who ask.

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