What to Do About an Abandoned House on Your Street

Everyone knows that an abandoned house is an eyesore. When you have a vacant house on your street, it can devalue the other properties in your neighborhood. It can lead to a transient element that jeopardizes neighborhood safety or it can simply attract raccoons, rats, and other critters you probably don’t want around your home. But what can you actually do about an abandoned house?

An abandoned house way back in the weeds by a forest.

You have three basic options when it comes to dealing with abandoned houses. You can contact the city, talk to a renovation team, or — the definitely not recommended alternative — you can commit arson. Don’t commit arson.

The 3 Choices for Dealing With an Unoccupied Property

Abandoned house decision tree.

Option 1: Call the City

The Vacant Properties Rehabilitation Program is a great initiative, and we love to see city money going toward restoring neighborhoods and communities.

The program has a website for reporting vacant properties in Columbus, and we say give it a shot. We can’t really say how quickly this process will move for you, but hopefully Columbus is on it!

Option 2: Call a Dangerous Audible

To be very clear… do not burn down an abandoned building in the hopes that it will have any positive impact on your neighborhood. For starters, committing arson will only add to the crime stats in your part of town. Secondly, controlled burns are very difficult to achieve. Why do you think firefighters go through so much training for it? Chances are that you’d burn down a lot more than one abandoned house. Lastly, your neighborhood will matter significantly less to you when you’re in prison.

Okay, now that we got that out of the way… how about a safer, speedier way to deal with abandoned houses?

Option 3: Call a Local Renovation Team

The easiest way to deal with an abandoned house quickly is to contact a local cash buyer. They’ll ask you for whatever basic details you may know about the house such as the address, condition, and info on how to contact the owner. Even if you don’t know anything about the owner, it’s fine. That’s all public record and easy for renovation teams to research.

From there, different cash buyers will handle things differently. For our part, the process looks like this: We assess the property from the outside. If it’s a good match for our goals, we’ll ask the owner about their interest in selling as-is. If we agree on a sale, we pay the owner. But guess what? We also pay a $500 referral fee to the person who brought the tip our way. Then we renovate the house to enhance curb appeal and increase surrounding property values in the neighborhood! 

Have a Neighbor Who Could Use a Company Buying Houses in Columbus?

Our friendly team is always looking for abandoned house referrals. We pride ourselves on the services we offer, and one of the most fun parts of our work is giving out the $500 cash rewards to Columbus residents!

Watch as Tim and Amy surprise John at his house with his $500 in cash!

If you know of a house or a homeowner who could use our home buying services, we’ve made it really easy to let us know. Just fill out the UHS home referral form. There is no limit to how many owned or abandoned houses you can refer to us!

Who knows? Maybe Tim and Amy will be knocking on your door next!

We’re also happy to answer any questions about our referral program. To that end, you may find it helpful to read our posts on “Referral Program FAQ” and “Find A House, Get $$.” Otherwise, feel free to give us a call or stop by the office! ☺️

A Few Google Reviews From Happy Clients

Don’t take our word for it! Read some of the many reviews people leave us.

Phillip Lanier ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Tim is honest and trustworthy. Make sure you call Tim first before talking to anyone else. My mom needed to move closer to me and I called around to different, “We Buy Houses” and “Sell your house fast” ads in Powell, Ohio. Some phone numbers were disconnected, others never got back to me and the rest seemed shady.

My guards were already up when I call Tim but immediately, I knew I was dealing with a professional. Tim was able to give my mom a fair cash offer and I was able to move her in with me very quickly. So the next time you are thinking about calling one of those, “We Buy Houses” or “Sell Your House Fast in Powell, Ohio” ads. Don’t bother. Call Tim first.”

chad warren ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I highly recommend Upward Home Solutions. Tim Smith was very informative, easy to talk to, and followed through with every single detail he promised me. He took extra care in making sure my needs were met. Selling my house was a breeze, I cannot recommend this company enough.”

Maria Juarbe ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Tyler was very responsive and helpful, not to mention a very smooth stress free process! I tend to have many questions, and he was very willing to help me and provide an abundance of knowledge! Glad I was able to work with them!”

Who buys houses in Columbus and Central Ohio? The Upward Home Solutions team does!
Our team is ready to help you with a fast house sale.

We Really Do Operate Differently

As you probably know, there are some “we buy houses” scams out there. Upward Home Solutions, however, is a local business and advocate for Columbus housing. We stand up to all 7 questions you should ask anyone who buys houses and our business is run by a local husband and wife team (think Fixer Upper power couple). We have bought and rehabbed hundreds of Columbus houses over the past decade.

The Upward Home Solutions Team includes experts in probate, and a dedicated member who makes the closings smooth and on time. As our reviewer, Phillip, mentioned above, we answer our phones and take time to deal with you as professionals should. Unlike other “we buy houses” businesses, Upward Home Solutions is investing in neighborhoods around where we’ve lived and raised our kids for years.

And we don’t just get reviewed well by individuals… 😉

Always Look For Local Companies with A+ BBB Reviews.

We are not a franchise. Come visit our office in Powell, Ohio and say hello! Let us know about an abandoned house you want gone or ask us any questions you’d like. Feel free to read our reviews on Facebook, Google, and the Better Business Bureau. At the BBB, Upward Home Solutions has earned an A+ rating, and that’s something we’re proud to bring to every deal we make in our beloved community of Columbus.

Better Business Bureau accredited business stamp of approval.

You have options when dealing with an abandoned house on your block. But for speed, ease, and a cash reward, you really can’t beat calling a renovation team. So if you know of any abandoned houses in the Columbus area, give us a ring. If you’re not in Columbus, follow these steps to find a legitimate local home buyer, and elevate your own curb appeal today!

Selling a House During the Pandemic

If you’re wondering what is the best method for selling a house during the pandemic, Upward Home Solutions has a service to help you.

These are stressful and uncertain times. First and foremost, I’d like to extend our best to you and your family. Our top priority is promoting public health and safety. Together, we hope you are taking the necessary precautions along with us to stop the coronavirus in its tracks. 

selling a house during the pandemic of COVID 19

Unfortunately, the fear and fallout surrounding this pandemic are not confined even to our physical wellbeing. For many in our community, this situation is also a financial concern.

Many homeowners are realizing that finding a realtor and listing on the MLS has never been more difficult than it is right now.  When you list with a realtor, you are contracting with someone to help you sell your home. Upward Home Solutions works differently. We want to buy your home. We will give you cash for my house.

For homeowners, selling a house during the pandemic presents some unique problems. We buy your house.

Here’s some good news for homeowners:

Home prices remain strong despite a very volatile stock market. Equity in homes has never been higher. Selling real estate is still a viable option, despite it being difficult to find a realtor and go through that whole process for selling a house during the pandemic.

At Upward Home Solutions, we believe that now, more than ever, the first priority of any business should be to lift up its community. We understand the constraints that a tough market can put on a homeowner’s wallet. So if our services can help you with selling a house during the pandemic, we want to hear from you. 

selling a house during the pandemic is tough

What is the process of selling a house during the pandemic?

If you were counting on selling in the near future, you might be wondering how in the world to do that now. Many things have changed about selling a house during the pandemic.

Upward Home Solutions remains in a unique position to buy your home quickly. We can streamline the process and put cash in your hand when you really need it—no waiting on bank approvals or inspections. We’ll close on your timeline, in as little as a couple weeks. 

We are buying houses, and people are still selling a house during the pandemic. New procedures keep you and your family safe while eliminating stress and uncertainty.

Rental Properties

Many landlords have been watching governmental developments. Those relying on rental property income for their own bills may have trouble with the moratorium on evictions. The laws seem to change weekly. It’s a headache keeping up with all the new rules.

We get it. Selling a house during the pandemic is a tricky situation.

If you are a landlord and you’re wondering about selling a house during the pandemic, UHS is in a position to purchase property regardless of occupancy or lease status. We will assume your risk and all that goes with it. 

How we are adjusting our services for selling a house during the pandemic:

As mentioned above, health and safety remain priority number one. Thankfully, UHS is able to limit and do away with the need for close proximity as we fight the spread of this virus. When selling a house during the pandemic, you will want to be extra careful.

If you’re curious about your options with UHS, we’ll get you on a phone call with Amy, who can answer any questions you have and outline our process in more detail to help you with selling a house during the pandemic.

greetings when selling a house during the pandemic

After a quick greeting with Tim at your appointment, don’t be offended when he keeps his distance. We’re being very cognizant of health protocol. Tim’s car will remain stocked with hand sanitizer and wipes, and you have our word that he won’t go on any appointments if he or anyone in his family is feeling unwell. Tim always wears a face mask to every appointment.

Tim will take photos and videos of your house so that we can assess value without sending anyone else to walk through your property. However, we are also offering two alternatives to in-person appointments.

  1. We can make “curb offers” where we don’t even have to come into the house. 
  2. Homeowners can leave keys for us in a lockbox and we can go through when no one else is there. 
Tim Smith headshot photo
Tim Smith

As always, meeting with Tim and getting an offer doesn’t mean you have to sell your house to us. We would never pressure you into doing something that isn’t right for you. Our business has always been based on trust. Meeting with Tim simply gives you one more option that you didn’t have before for selling a house during the pandemic.

If you need a fast house sale, we can finish the purchase of your house in less than a week.

Homeowners do not even have to show up in person to the closing. 

We use digital signatures for the contracts and for closing documents. Recently, Upward Home Solutions purchased a home from a man who lives in the Caribbean. We never met the homeowner in person. Nonetheless, we were able to use a notary in his home country, digital signatures, and a wire transfer for payment.

At the end of the day, selling a house from a remote location is always difficult. Selling a house during the pandemic is even harder. Fortunately, Upward Home Solutions is an expert in non-traditional sales.

We’re In This Together

Stay safe, stay strong. If there’s anything our business can do to help you, please let us know. Selling a house during the pandemic is a unique situation. Nonetheless, we have many ways to help.

We built Upward Home Solutions on a belief in community and on finding ways to serve ours. If we can help in your situation, please let us know.    

Amy is ready to answer your call. She will explain our process for selling a house during the pandemic.

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The Team at Upward Home Solutions

More About Upward Home Solutions

Upward Home Solutions has been helping homeowners since 2005. We have bought hundreds of houses in Columbus, OH. If you want to sell my house fast, there’s no company with more experience and professionalism. UHS is Central Ohio’s #1 company for buying homes from people who are selling a house during the pandemic.

Maybe you have seen the “we buy houses” signs. That’s not us. Our business is built on relationships. Our best source of houses comes from referrals.

You can read reviews from happy clients.

Selling a house during the pandemic is safest with Upward Home Solutions. So if you’re wondering, How can I sell my house online? we’re here to help.

We specialize in difficult situations. Realtors are wonderful, but they aren’t right for everyone. When selling a house during the pandemic, selling to cash buyers like Upward Home Solutions may be your best option.

My situation is unique

We work with homeowners in unique situations everyday. Tim S is amazing when with working with families or couples who disagree on what should be done with the home.

UHS buys inherited houses that are in probate. We can help with the transition to senior care or a nursing home.

If you owe taxes or have liens, we can help. If your house is messy, you can take what you want and leave the rest. You can sell my house as is fast.

Upward Home Solutions can make selling a house during the pandemic less stressful, emotionally, and financially.

Find A House, Get $$: Our Referral Program

Find A House, Get $$: Our Referral Program

We pay you for each and every referral that leads to a sale.

Upward Home Solutions is looking for people who want to partner with us in our mission to revitalize neighborhoods, one house at a time.

Know of a house in need of a fix-up? You don’t have to own it and it’s easy to submit a lead. Click here to get started.

Columbus’ Own Fixer Upper Couple


Have you ever wondered where the Fixer Upper power couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, find the houses for their business? They have a network of people who are constantly searching for their next flip. Of all those homes, they then choose one that has good bones, lots of potential, and a fair asking price.

The Owners, Tim and Katie

Tim and Katie are the fixer-upper power-couple in Central Ohio, and they’re looking for their next renovation. But they need help.

our referral program is the best
Tim and Katie

Do You Know A House That Fits These Descriptions?

**Do you know of a vacant house in your neighborhood? The windows are always dark, no one shovels the sidewalk in the winter or mows the grass in the summer. You don’t remember how long it’s been since you’ve seen a car in the driveway.

**Maybe you have an uncle who is retired. He lives alone and hasn’t done much to the house since he bought it 30 years ago. There is wallpaper in the hall and a pink sink in the bathroom. Your uncle has been talking about how nice it would be to buy a condo in Florida and be a beach bum, but something is holding him back.

**Or perhaps you have a good friend who owns a rental house. At girl’s night out, she was talking again about how freakin’ hard it is to find a good tenant. Her husband hates spending weekends doing handyman jobs at the property and it’s stressing them both out. They like the income, but there’s just too much going on right now to handle it all.

We want to hear from you!

Upward Home Solutions has services to fit every need.

We buy houses as-is so people don’t have to fix them up. Even better, they can take the stuff they want and leave the rest.

Our company uses technology to help people who have mobility issues or live out of state. We recently bought a house from a man who lives in the Caribbean. He did not have to travel back to Ohio for the closing, saving him time and money. Moreover, our title agency will come to you, even if that means driving to meet you at a nursing home.

We recently had one elderly couple who were ready to move on to the next stage in their lives. We were thrilled to be able to offer a win-win solution, and check out the amazing transformation we put their house through!

And many of these amazing properties come to us from our network of friends, Realtors, and through social media.

How It Works

1. Send Us The Info

You give us as much info as you know about the house. At a minimum, we need a property address. If you know the name, phone number, and/or email address for the owner, that’s even better. But don’t worry if you don’t have the owner’s contact information. We can figure that out.

Email information to Upward@614Houses.com

Call us at 614-705-8066

Submit the information on this form.

Be sure to include your contact information because we will tag the lead with your name. That’s how we know who to pay!

2. We will take it from there.

We’ll contact the homeowner. If the homeowner is interested in selling, we will set up an appointment to visit the house and make an offer.

3. If they accept the offer, Upward Home Solutions will give you $100.

You get your choice of a Cameron Mitchell gift card, an Amazon gift card, or cash. We will get in touch with you and ask you how you would like to receive your gift.

It’s that easy! One email or phone call is all it takes to get the process started.

cash for your referral

Check out our Referral Program FAQ or give us a call if you have any further questions!