Listing your home for sale on the market isn’t free. There are closing costs, commissions, repairs, and a lot of work that goes into getting your home ready for the market. Before you list your home, think about the time, energy and money that goes into it. If you have a cash buyer, it is often preferred to the hassle and out-of-pocket costs of listing on the market. What it REALLY costs to sell your house fast in San Antonio.
Commissions, Staging & Yard Work, Oh My!
First thing is first. If you want to sell your house fast in San Antonio, the home has to be thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom. Windows should be done inside and out, grout and tile cleaned, baseboards and molding, and all of the obscure areas such as window sills and ceiling fans. If you have pets, pay particularly close attention to pet hair and odors. Of course, you can clean yourself, but you will not be able to do it with the accuracy and efficiency of a pro. In addition, keeping the home clean for showings, open houses and surprise visitors can take a lot of time and energy. If you want potential buyers to come in and love your home, ensure that it’s spick and span.
Never, ever, ever neglect the yard when selling your home. Landscaping is part of curb appeal which means how appealing is your house from the moment someone drives up to it? If your potential buyers love the outside of your house, they will likely find reasons to like the inside as well. If you potential buyers dislike the look of the yard from the moment they putt up to the driveway, they will likely find reasons to dislike the interior as well. Your will want to make sure your yard had excellent curb appeal and isn’t overgrown or filled with weeds. Just like the cleaning, you can do this yourself, but you will some have some hard work ahead of you. You will want to:
- Trim back trees and bushes.
- Weed the lawn and open areas.
- Plant flowers and appropriate plants.
- Fix anything in need of repair.
- Add fresh paint to outdoor trim, mailbox, door, etc.
- Add seating and other elements of staging to make the outside areas more welcoming
The backyard should be warm, inviting and well manicured. The front yard is your first impression, make it a good one!
Storage & Moving
Even if you are still living in the home, once you put it on the market, it is smart to get some of your personal items packed and stored, ready for your move. Having your personal items around the home can make it feel cluttered and dissuade buyers from having interest. When potential buyers come into your house, they want to imagine their own personal belongings in there, not yours. While your home is listed, you will need somewhere to keep your stuff. This might require storage offsite. If you are staying somewhere temporarily until your house sells, your will likely be paying rent in addition to your mortgage. (And don’t forget, two sets of utility bills.)
Once your house does sell, there are the costs of moving. Will you have movers help? Will you do all the packing yourself? Will you need a truck? These are all costs to consider and factor into your budget.
Listing Fees, Agent Fees, Administrative Fees and Notary Charges
Working with an agent also brings a plethora of fees and charges you may not be prepared for. (These charges are IN ADDITION to the commission, which we talk about below.) Agents will pass on a number of fees to you for marketing, listing, and administrative tasks such as clerical work and printing. You will face costs for notarization and other small charges that add up fast.
This is the biggie. Selling your home through an agent entitles them to a commission. Think 6% of your sale price. This can be more or less, but 6% is a good estimation. When you are calculating your asking price, make sure you factor in commissions as well as the other charges listed above.
If your house in is need of small to massive repairs, you’ll need to pay to have these fixed before selling on the market. If you want to sell your house fast in San Antonio, your house needs to be in prime condition.
Don’t have the time or money to get all of these things done?
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