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8 Ways Tenants can Take Advantage of Inexperienced Landlords

There are a lot of different ways to wind up with an extra home on your hands. For most people, this seems like a dream situation: a whole house just to rent out or sell as you please. Maybe recently sized-up and bought a new home but haven’t sold the old one. Maybe a dear relative recently passed away and you inherited their home. Maybe you helped a relative get a home and they left you holding the bag. No matter what the circumstance, the next question is always “Now What?”

If you, like most Americans, like the idea of passive income, renting it out can seem like a pretty good plan. But wait. Becoming a landlord is a lot more complicated than it sounds on the surface. Before you dive into becoming a novice landlord, take a moment to consider eight of the many ways that bringing a stranger into your property can go wrong. Even if you weren’t that invested in the property to begin with. While most rental tenants are good people who uphold a lease, there are more than a few out there who can spot an inexperienced landlord and know how to take advantage:

1) Hiding Property Damage

The most innocent and common of tenant advantage-taking is, unfortunately, also dangerous for both parties. Tenants who cause damage, or their pets or kids or guests cause damage often don’t want to face the music. Whether they’re manipulative or just cowardly, they will put a poster over a gaping hole in the wall, put a couch over ripped-up or badly stained carpets, and you won’t find out until they move out. Sure, you can dock their security deposit, but repairs can easily exceed the few hundred you took up front, if it hasn’t already done permanent damage to the home’s structure.

2) Indoor Smoking

Thirty years ago, people smoked all the time. Indoors, outdoors, in their cars, and around their kids. No doubt, you remember the smoking sections that have since disappeared from restaurants and lobbies. But today, cigarettes are despised and many people simply won’t move into a place that smells like smoke. This is why most rental properties ban smoking inside, but inveterate indoor smokers know how to spot a rube landlord who won’t be able to stop them. And to rent the home again, you’re going to have to scrub and sanitize every surface of the house first.

3) Unauthorized and Uncontrolled Pets

Pets are the bane of every landlord’s existence. Even landlords who like pets and delight in seeing friendly little critters when they stop by have had experiences that are the reason there are so many seemly too-strict pet clauses in rental leases. But your lease can’t stop the determined pet-owner tenant who loves their little Tasmanian devil dog who rips up or pees on every inch of a home. Or their eight cats. Or their unusual pet that will take over an entire room and make it smell bizarre for years afterward. No matter what your pet clause says, tenants can and will sneak in pets or simply deceive you about how dangerous their pet really is to your home. Then hide and excuse the damage.

4) Hosting Disruptive Parties

An entirely other kind of unpleasant tenant is the type that throws wild and disruptive house parties. Not only does this bother the neighbors and potentially get you, the owner, in trouble with any local HOA, they also have a bad tendency to lose control of their guests. Holes get punched in walls. Cabinet doors get ripped off. Carpets can become stained with substances you don’t even want to identify. And if you don’t live nearby, you might not know that one of these ragers has taken place for weeks or even months unless someone finds a way to call you and report it.

5) Subletting

Subletting is when the tenant you are renting to decides to rent part or all of the house to someone else. This could be anything from a cozy Airbnb’d spare bedroom to cramming students into shared rooms. Even if you have no problem with your tenant making a little spare cash with the extra space they are renting from you, the problem is that these new guests aren’t held to the lease and may even get out of control. They aren’t legally held to your behavior requirements and even vacation rental guests can go horribly wrong despite a good tenant’s best efforts. Subletting or short-term rentals might also be illegal in your city, putting you in legal hot-water if your tenant violates the law without your knowledge.

6) Hot-Swapping

Sometimes a tenant wants to get out of their lease early, and they don’t always go through the propper channels to do this. Hot-swapping is when one tenant gets another to ‘take over’ their lease and occupancy of the house while they disappear to goodness-knows-where. Once again, you are faced with someone who is not on or bound by the lease, even if they continue to pay rent on time (which they often do not). Hot-swapping is also something that can happen if a tenant gets away with unauthorized subleasing for a while and gets the bright idea to simply leave their subletter behind.

7) Lease Squatting

And, of course, sometimes tenants just stop paying rent. More often than not, this happens because they fell on hard times or spend their rent money irresponsibly rather than simple spite. It’s not unusual for tenants who fall behind to catch up the next month or two if you are lenient, but sometimes they decide that living rent-free is pretty nice and they stop paying entirely. They may be bound by contract, they may have seemed nice and reliable at first, but you’re back to paying the full expense for the house with a hostile tenant inside. And after they live a few months rent-free, the worst of the worst may decide to refuse to leave after the lease term is over and become hostile squatters. At this point, you may need to call on the police and a lawsuit just to get them out and get your rental payments.

8) Forcing You to Evict Them

And on the topic of police and lawsuits, the biggest nightmare for most amateur landlords comes when you have to evict a tenant for the first time. This isn’t as simple as posting a pink slip on their door. An eviction is a lawsuit you must file, then defend your claim that the tenant has warranted eviction. Tenants who have already gone so far as to force this action are also much more likely to lie in court, say vicious things, and even try to frame you for negligence or abuse and sue you back.


It takes a lot of hard work to be a successful landlord of just one residential property. And even the pros with a dozen houses in three local counties sometimes have to deal with the horrors of a nightmare tenant who slipped past the screening process. For most people who aren’t ready to take on landlording like a second job, you’ll get a lot more monetary value and a lot fewer headaches just from selling the place. Fortunately, that’s where we can lend a hand! If you just want to get a home off your hands without hassle, lawsuits, or major clean-up projects, contact us today!

The Cost of Selling Your Home: Time vs. Money

When you list your home on the market, selling it quickly is the ultimate goal. If your house is not renovated or does not compare to similar homes on the market, you’ll need to invest some time, money and labor to make it market ready. Here are four tips to keep in mind before listing your home.

1. Class Up Your Kitchen

A complete kitchen renovation could cost $5,000 or more, but if you want to keep your updates around (or under) $1,000, choose one big area to focus on updating in the kitchen such as replacing the counter tops, or paying a professional to refinish your existing cabinetry. You might also consider redoing your kitchen floors… a nice vinyl or laminate is inexpensive, looks nice, and could play a huge role in modernizing the look of your kitchen. Some other things to help revamp that kitchen include:

  • Matching Appliances: A matching set matters, even if it is not the most luxurious set.
  • Less is More: Clear of those counters and show potential buyers the space that’s available.

2. Enhance the Bathroom

Again, this is an area in a home that does matter. It is such a small room and can be easily remodeled by potential buyers but it, visually, looks like the most work. Easy updates to help beautify your bathroom include replacing old and outdated hardware and fixtures. This can really give a more modern appearance. Update those bathroom floors… many vinyl floors can be laid directly over old tile. Maybe you can replace those bathroom counters. Because bathroom counter tops are typically smaller, consider splurging on the quality and material of a new counter top replacement. Lastly, be sure you are taking care of the easy updates in the bathroom like re-caulking the bathtub or re-grouting the tiles!

3. Declutter & Clean

Oh, so cliche … we know. But also, so important!

A potential buyer does not want to picture your house as your house. They want to envision their life there, as well as all of the changes they might have in mind. Eliminate any dirt, smells, or cluttered areas within your home. Vacuum every nook and cranny, dust the hard to reach spots (even between those blinds, ugh— we know) and clear the clutter off of those floors, counter tops, and dressers. This is an “update” that is FREE but requires time and thoughtfulness. When you think you are done, ask a friend to walk through your house as if they were a potential buyer, and have them tell you what still needs attention.

4. Quality Photos Matter

Have you ever looked at homes online? What do you look at first – the photos or the description?

The National Association of Realtors said that 90% of buyers look at photos online before considering a walk-through of any home. There are many instances where a beautiful home gets passed up because of the photo quality. Below we have included a few important things you want to make sure you are doing when you snap photos of your home.

Be sure to…

  • Use a quality camera to take photos.
  • Include pictures of every single room in your home.
    • If the description says 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms- take pictures of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
    • Include additional photos of “special features” such as built-in storage or luxurious appliances.
  • Include photos of your backyard and garage.
  • Declutter before taking your photos.

If you want to skip the time and the hassle and sell NOW then contact us at Seller’s Advantage, or call us at 1-800-208-3243 to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.


The Challenges that You May Face as a Landlord

While many believe being a landlord is a great way to make some extra money, it isn’t as easy as it looks. There are many challenges that come our way.

Here are some challenges that you face as a landlord.

Maintenance, maintenance, and more maintenance. In order to keep tenants in your building, you have to maintain it to the highest standards. Apartments should be safe and presentable. If not, you will lose tenants and others will not want to move into a building.

Not only does this involve keeping the grounds in good condition, you will also need to make sure that your apartments are in good condition and free from mold and other harmful things.

Plenty of expenses. Though you may not be paying a mortgage on the building, there are still plenty of other expenses that will cut back on your bottom line. Most landlords pay for the electric and heating (though you should be compensated with rent). However, you also have taxes which can be quite expensive. Not only do you have to pay property taxes, you will have to pay taxes on the income that you make through your rental business.  You have insurance to pay for and it is important to make sure that you have enough of it.

Then there are the unexpected expenses. Maintenance costs can be quite high, depending on the size of your building and the age of it. There are also going to be times when something goes wrong. You might have trouble with your electric, heat, or even plumbing and there are times when these bills can be awful.

Running an apartment building is not always as easy as it seems. The maintenance itself can take a lot of time and money, especially if it is an older building. There are also plenty of expenses, both regular and unexpected ones!

Contact us if you want your house sold instead of dealing with landlord drama.

The Biggest Hassles of Selling a Home–Getting Your House On the Market

Chances are, you have friends who have been “getting ready” to sell their homes for months–or even years! If you think they’re just not serious about selling, ask what’s taking so long–your head will be spinning in five minutes. Even in a “hot” real estate market, realtors want to maximize the selling price of a house, and ask their sellers to “freshen up” their homes to the point they’re spending a fortune just to get the house on the market.

So now you’re thinking, ‘we’ve kept the house up pretty well, cleaning gutters, cutting grass, checking the HVAC every year, painting as needed–what else would we need to do?” Turns out, a lot. Not only will you need to repair any issues–cracks in the driveway, any rotting wood around the soffits and windows, leaking faucets–any realtor will expect you to undertake the dreaded purging and decluttering tasks that may well involve renting a storage unit. If you’ve got a basement, attic, or garage, then your tidying up can take months to finish–not to mention the closets and cabinets in the house that need the same attention. And once you’ve done all these pricey fixes and put half your belongings in storage, you’re going to pay a hefty realtor’s commission to get the house on the market. If you’re braving the world of For Sale By Owner and saving those commission fees, you’ve still got to deal with prospective buyers–strangers who want to come through your house at inconvenient times–and keep the house show ready all the time.

​If you want to sell your house without going into debt getting it ready to sell, there is a better–and faster–way. With Seller’s Advantage, you’re in the driver’s seat. All you have to do is go online and request an appointment, and they’ll do all the work. A representative researches your neighborhood, and they come to your house in a few days. They buy houses as is, so there’s no need to paint or landscape, or even clear out the closets. Seller’s Advantage pays cash for your house, so there’s no worrying and stress about mortgages and appraisals. Unlike your friends who are still “getting ready” to sell, or fretting about their buyer’s loan, you can be out of your old house and on to your new one in a couple of weeks when you contact us about selling your house the easy way.

You Just Inherited A Home: Should You Sell It or Rent It?

The biggest asset that is typically passed down through an estate is a home. If you happen to inherit a home after someone passes away you could either choose to convert the property to a rental or sell it outright. While earning a stream of rental income can be attractive to some, there are many pitfalls of being a landlord that could make selling the home to Seller’s Advantage a much better option.

Necessary Repairs
If you inherit a home and decide to convert it to a rental property, you will likely have to go through the process of making sure that it is in good overall condition. Depending on the condition of the property, you may have to spend thousands of dollars on repairs in order to lease it to somebody else. To avoid this significant cost, a better option would be to sell it to Seller’s Advantage. Seller’s Advantage will buy your home in “As-Is” condition, which means you will not have to incur the repair expense.

Late Payments
If you decide to convert the property to a rental unit, another risk that you are taking on is the risk that your tenants will be late with rental payments. If your tenant falls behind on rent, you will still be responsible to pay the operating expenses, taxes, and mortgage. This could end up being a huge cash drain each month. Furthermore, the process of eviction can take months to complete and is very stressful. If you choose to sell to Seller’s Advantage, you can avoid this risk entirely.

Whenever you own a property and lease it to another party, you are continuing to take on a certain amount of liability for the property, the tenants, and anyone that comes to the home. Since events that happen that the home after it is leased are out of your control, the liability can be a big concern. To avoid this risk, selling the home could be a much better option.

If you are thinking of selling your home, contact us to learn about your options. The consultation is free and there’s never any pressure. We’re here to help.

Home Sales Gone Wrong Series: Buyer Financing Fell Through

Congratulations–you’ve found a buyer for your house–it’s a young couple with a growing family, they’re in an apartment they can’t wait to leave, and it’s good times all around. So you’ve made an offer on another home, called the movers, and are packing and purging and decorating the new house in your head. A week before you’re supposed to close, what could go wrong?

As it turns out, a lot. 

One homeowner was in that exact situation–living among boxes with paper products and the microwave–three days before closing–when the buyer’s financing fell through and they weren’t able to get the loan.  They had ignored the lender’s warnings not to use their credit cards or make any large purchases until after they closed, and had bought a new car two weeks before they were scheduled to settle on the new house. When the lender ran an updated credit report right before they signed off to have the documents printed, the buyers couldn’t qualify for the loan. And since they couldn’t get financing and that was a condition of the contract, they got their earnest money back. They not only left the seller high and dry, but since real estate is like dominoes, when that transaction fell apart it created a chain reaction of terminated contracts. 

Seller’s Advantage offers a new way to sell your house, without the frustrating waiting to find out if the sale actually happens. We’ll give you a free, no-obligation quote for your house, and since we pay cash, can have the sale finalized within a couple of weeks. Contact us and you’ll have peace of mind, knowing your house is really sold. 

To Sell or To Repair: That is the Question for Homeowners

home repairs
Owning your home is a huge responsibility–unlike apartment dwellers, you have only yourself to call for repairs when something goes wrong. And in case you were wondering why your lender insisted you have a decent amount in savings to get your loan, this is why. As you may have learned, major home repairs are called that for a reason–they blow a major hole in your budget. And when it’s your furnace that’s given up or your roof that’s decided to leak, these are repairs you can’t postpone, so be ready to pony up substantial funds just to make your home livable.

When you bought your house, your inspector should have given you a comprehensive report that not only listed urgent repairs, but also listed things to keep an eye on and expect to replace or repair in the coming years. A water heater, for instance, has an average life span of 8-12 years. If yours was seven years old when you bought the house six years ago, you should be spending your Saturdays at the home improvement store looking over newer (and more efficient) models.
If you find you have to make major repairs, there are a few ways to handle the financial end of the job.

The easiest way to pay for something is to use money you already have. Whether you keep your money stowed in a savings account, money market, or mattress, you can get to it without any hassle and get the work underway.
Home Equity Line
A line of credit on your home is another way to have fairly ready cash for home repairs and maintenance. It is a loan you’ll have to repay, but rates are favorable and you may be able to deduct the interest.
Retailer Financing
The least attractive option is to finance the work through a big box home improvement store. They’ll finance the materials and the labor if you use one of their contractors.

An  Easy Option for Selling Your Home without Repairs
There is a fourth option for your repairs–sell the house. You might find that just selling the house “as is” will be your smartest move financially. If you’d like information on selling your house to Sellers Advantage, contact us and we’ll walk you through our home buying process. Our simple and streamlined system could have you out of that leaky, cold house in a couple of weeks.   Seller’s Advantage has an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau and is happy to provide a no-cost, no obligation quote.

Tips for Selling a Hoarder’s Home


Many people have hoarder’s in their family. If you do, you are going to have your work cut out for you. Even if you are just dealing with one room (or every room), it can seem quite overwhelming to clean up all of their belongings so that you can sell their home.
However, all hope is not lost. Here are some more tips for cleaning out a hoarder’s home.

Tackle one room (or even closet) at a time. When you look at the home as a whole, the process can seem quite overwhelming. However, if you focus on working on one room or closet at a time, it seems a little easier. Once you start to finish a room, you will feel like you have made some progress!

Start at the room by the main door. If you start by the front door, you won’t feel so trapped as you go. In fact, you move your piles right outside so you can start to see the floor and walls. This can really help you stay motivated, as you see actual progress being made!

As you go through each piece, start to separate them into piles. There are going to be sentimental items that you want to keep and items that you do not. These items can be divided into things that you can sell and ones that you just want to donate. Don’t forget to have a trash pile. Anything that is broken or doesn’t work needs to go into the trash. You have enough to deal with so you shouldn’t keep anything that will require work.

Sell Your Home to AS-IS Experts
Because of the amount of work required, many people don’t want to clean up a hoarder’s home. Instead, they want to sell it quickly without worrying about it.  
Do you feel the same way? Contact us today. We buy homes in any condition with no clean up or repairs required. You can simply hand us the keys, walk away, and get your money in as little as seven days.  

Sell Your Home with a “Wow” Factor – For Less

Are you preparing to sell your home?

Maybe your home is in good shape, mostly updated, but still needs that “wow factor” to help it stand out. There are many simple tips to help you sell your home quickly such as decluttering and cleanliness.

But today, we are going to share a few simple ways you can update your home and add a few “wow factors” that will be sure to help your home stand out to potential buyers. Remember, we are updating – not renovating… we don’t want you to drop $10,000 before trying to sell.

Soft Close Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers
Instead of spending thousands on the replacement of perfectly good cabinets, update your kitchen with an inexpensive wow factor. Add soft close hardware to your existing kitchen cabinets and drawers. Home Depot sells a 10-pack of soft close dampers for about $35, or you can find a 10-pack on Amazon for about $25. Soft close cupboards provide the following benefits:

  • Improves Longevity: Puts less stress on cabinets.
  • Safe for Children: No accidental finger slams.
  • Keeps Things Quiet: No loud slamming or accidentally waking up the whole house up.
  • Structured Drawers: Your nice and organized drawer will stay organized, as contents will not slide around every time you close the drawer.

If you really enjoy this newly added feature in your home, consider adding soft close dampers to your bathroom cabinets and drawers, too!

Everyone Loves Storage
Great storage availability is a huge selling feature for many potential buyers. There is no need to knock down walls and expand closets… just work with what you have and make it more user-friendly!

For a small coat closet, considering restyling this space by REMOVING the rod. Repaint and add a few simple hooks to the walls of your closet (the back and one of each side). You can even make two rows of hooks against the main back wall of this closet. It appears more organized and spacious inside, and you are more likely to convince everyone to hang their coats up since they will not have to mess with hangers. Easy-peasy.

Add a closet organization system into your existing bedroom closets. You can find some really nice, wood options for about $400 at Lowes or Home Depot. However, if you really wanted to keep this cost down, you could opt for a wire organization system (purchase for around $100) – it will still provide a structured and spacious appearance to potential buyers.
The key thing to remember about showing off your home’s storage is to make it look efficient. It’s not just about having excellent storage, but ensuring your spaces are organized and almost “staged” as you are showing your home.
Bonus “Wow Factors”The two simple updates discussed above are sure to jazz up your home before listing it on the market, however, we didn’t want to stop there.

  • Curved Shower Rod: They help to provide a roomier feel when you are taking a shower, and they look more prestigious. But don’t stop there. Consider hanging two curtains on each side, rather than one big shower curtain. The look of dual curtains will offer a more unique appearance.
  • Light Fixtures: Replace or refinish outdated light fixtures. This simple update will make big differences.
  • Short Blade Fan: Adding a short bladed ceiling fan into your small kitchen will offer something special. Short blade fans are wonderful as you can have your fan on and still open cupboards without a collision, and they also take up less visual ceiling space. You can purchase a short blade fan for as little as $55 at Home Depot, or spend a couple hundred to add a more modern piece. 

If you want to eliminate making these updates and sell NOW then contact us at Seller’s Advantage, or call us at 1-800-208-3243 to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.

Selling Your Home On Your Own – What You Should Know

Selling your home by yourself is always a hassle. There are so many things to deal with that cause you stress and trouble. Here are some common problems you will face when trying to sell your home to buyers by yourself.

You Don’t Have Time
Let’s face it, selling homes is not the way you make a living. You still have a full-time job that takes up most of your daily energy and time. But selling a home is a full-time job in itself. You have to deal with buyers, negotiations, marketing, and so much more.

The Stress!
The stress of selling a home is hard to bear. You probably have enough on your plate already. Soon you are going to have to deal with buyers pulling out at the last second. There will be buyers who will give you a hard time, negotiate with you for days or weeks, and then suddenly pull out or give you ultimatums you can’t agree to. You’re going to have to deal with home showings that bring you nothing in return. It’s very frustrating.

You Don’t Know How to Market
Selling a home requires great marketing skills. Unless you are experienced with marketing (and real estate marketing in particular), you probably won’t do a good job. This will cause you to delay the sale needlessly.

No Network Either
You also need a great network to get your home out there. Doing it alone is always tough and confusing.

Legal Pitfalls
When selling a home to a buyer, you are obligated to give them full disclosures. Omitting something by mistake can happen when you are a rookie. If a buyer finds something you should have disclosed, there is a chance of getting sued.

Fortunately, there is a way to sell your home without all of the above hassles! Sellers’ Advantage makes it easy and quick. Contact Seller’s Advantage online or call us at 1-800-208-3243 to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.