It’s never convenient when your home suffers some kind of damage. On top of your everyday responsibilities, you have the hassle of finding a contractor, getting estimates, and potentially dealing with your insurance company. In today’s article, we’ll take a look at common causes of residential property damage and how the aftermath of them can make selling your home challenging, if not impossible, with a run-of-the-mill realtor.

As an alternative to the standard real estate market, many Missouri homeowners choose to sell their home as a “for sale by owner” (FSBO) property. This can be an effective way to be relieved of a burdensome property, especially if you contact a company like Cash 4 Kansas Homes. With more than 50 years of experience in the property investment industry, we have the knowledge and experience to help you sell your damaged property. Contact us today to learn more!

Five Common Causes of Damage

Your home is one of your largest investments and you probably do everything that you can to protect it from damage. Unfortunately, there are many types of damage that can still occur and we’ve listed some of them below.


The weather in the midwest can be very destructive. In the wintertime, severe ice storms can result in extensive water damage to homes. During the summer, hail, heavy rain, and tornadoes can cause severe damage as well. New roofing and siding is expensive and while most weather damage is covered by insurance, some property owners may still struggle to pay their deductible.


By flowing into tiny cracks and crevices, even the smallest water leak in your home can result in extensive damage if left unrepaired for long enough. Common causes of water damage in a home include failed plumbing and supply lines, roof leaks, sewer back ups, and floods. Some of these situations are covered by insurance but some may not be, leaving homeowners in a lurch when it comes to restoring the home.


We have a lot of interesting and invasive pests in Missouri, many of which can wreak havoc on a home if allowed to develop into an infestation. Pests such as termites, racoons, mice, and other vermin can easily invade your foundation, basement, and attic without your knowledge and make themselves at home. For some homeowners, the cost and hassle of pest mitigation is more than they can spare.

Smoke and Fire

A house fire is a homeowner’s worst nightmare and can be caused by everything from an unattended candle to faulty electrical wiring. If a home is not destroyed by a fire, there is typically extensive smoke damage throughout. Even with help from insurance, this damage can be incredibly difficult and expensive to mitigate, causing many people to list their home as a FSBO property.

Poor Maintenance

While not as sudden as the other forms of damage we’ve discussed, poor maintenance of a home can also result in heavy wear, tear, and damage. From lawn and garden upkeep to interior cleaning and maintenance, It takes a lot of hard work and money to maintain a home. For homeowners with an aging property that’s never had a new roof, fresh coat of paint, new carpet, or other improvements, selling on the traditional market can be difficult.

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Solutions for FSBO Properties in Missouri

If your home is in a state of disrepair or has suffered water, pest, weather, or fire damage, Cash 4 Kansas Homes is here to help. We buy homes in any condition and we’re happy to do all the repairs and heavy lifting for you. All you have to do is take the belongings you want from the home and we’ll take care of the rest! We serve many Missouri cities, including Claycomo, Grandview, and South Kansas City.

To learn more about how easy it is to sell your damaged, FSBO property, call us at 913-276-0769 today! We can’t wait to help you!