Problems with Buying A House That Been Empty for 4 years in Fort Myers, Florida

Asked by Michael Borowske, Punta Gorda, FL Mon May 28, 2012

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Sarah Garrett, Agent, Fort Myers, FL
Mon May 28, 2012
Hello Michael,
Most in foreclosure have not been vacant that long. Owners have been able to stay in their homes much longer than you would think. Many have tried short selling as well as renting the home out. However, in a newer home situation where there is no defective drywall or exterior intrusions or missing appliances you should have your A/C cleaned and checked, duct cleaning, pest control for atleast 6-12 months, install a humidistat, have all appliance inspected, may need to have septic and well water checked. If bedrooms are carpeted then cleaning and stretching of carpets should be done if not replaced. You could possibly have to replace lanai screens and do a major weed and feed of the lawn. If home has not been painted then plan to budget for interior and exterior painting. Happy to help you with setting your appointments when you are ready.

Sarah Garrett, Realtor
"Chosen Best in Client Satisfaction 2006-2012" by Gulfshore Life Magazine
Cell: 239-464-8620

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Marc Comisar, Agent, Bonita Springs, FL
Mon May 28, 2012
What are the problems? Your agent will guide you on the procedures involved in purchasing.
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Ann Ryan, Agent, Doral, FL
Mon May 28, 2012
Michael, if the property has been empty for 4 years, start with a thorough home inspection and extermination. Because no property remains "empty" that long in Florida!
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Lilo Clacher, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Mon May 28, 2012
You need a good home and mold inspection.
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Marge Bennett, Agent, Fort Myers, FL
Mon May 28, 2012
Would make sure you have a good home inspection, including mold, especially if the ac has been off and the house closed up
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Lin Ludwig, Agent, Fort Myers, FL
Mon May 28, 2012
Michael: Please contact me. Is the property you are talking about in Colonial CC?

Serpil Ludwig
Century 21 Sunbelt
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