5 Tips on Dealing With an Abandoned House in Your Neighborhood

Abandoned Houses in Philly

Abandoned Houses are Everyone’s Issue

Many neighborhoods have been left with abandoned houses which may have been left vacant for various reasons. Some may be due to relocation, bankruptcy, legal issues, or inheritance complications. Whichever reason it may be, it is generally easy to recognize them due to their boarded-up windows, huge stacks of mail, uncut lawns, and overall dilapidation due to lack of care.  

Abandoned houses may not seem like your problem, but there are actually several issues that affect the areas around them. The one you might care most about would come about if you decide to sell your house: your property’s value could be affected. A potential homebuyer may decrease the offer for your house simply because of the presence of an abandoned property. Not only can they be an eyesore, but they are also known to attract various types of crime. This can become dangerous for everyone in the neighborhood, and not a great selling point if you decide to put your house on the market. 

What You Can Do About an Abandoned House

An abandoned house isn’t going to take care of itself. It’s abandoned after all. Someone didn’t want to deal with it, and stuck you with the mess. Luckily for you, just because you don’t own it doesn’t mean you are without options. If you want to do something about the house, here are a few simple steps you can take:

  • Search public records. Every town has public records about property owners, which may include a mailing address. In our hometown of Philadelphia we use https://property.phila.gov/. If the mailing address is different from the abandoned property location, you may be in luck! You can send an inquiry letter to contact the owner and gather some additional information. If the owner’s information shows up as a bank, the property is most likely foreclosed upon. You can contact the bank as well to see what the plans are for the house.

  • Visit the county executive office. If your town does not have an online public records system you can make a visit to the county executive office to research public records. Once you have the available record follow the same mailing steps above.

  • Check local auction sites. If the abandoned house is bank owned they might already be taking steps to sell the property. Check property auction sites to search for the property and see if it is being sold.

  • Contact local community groups. These groups may have some additional information about the abandoned house and if there are any current plans in place. If not this is a great way to get this on the group’s radar. These groups may be able to organize clean up crews to spruce up the abandoned house.

  • Contact SellHousePhilly. SellHousePhilly is experienced in purchasing abandoned houses. We make the process quick and simple in order to remedy the issue as fast as possible. 

SellHousePhilly Can Help with Abandoned Houses

It’s no secret that there is a solution for dealing with this kind of problem in your neighborhood. It all comes down to finding the owner of the abandoned house and letting them know that someone actually does want to buy their property. They may have tried to find a buyer before and found that selling would have been too expensive and too much of a hassle, but we make it a lot easier

You don’t want an abandoned house in your neighborhood. Your neighbors don’t either. If you don’t have the time to track down the owner of that property yourself, we’ll happily do it for you.

Contact us today if you want help restoring some beauty back in your neighborhood.

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