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How Much Does it Cost to Sell a Home

Though a great disappointment it may be, selling your home costs money, and could be an important part of your overall investment in your home. Today, the cost of selling your home can be high. Studies have concluded that the cost of selling your home has been steadily shifting up for a number of years, and taking its toll on sellers, who have watched their profits decrease over the years. This may be disheartening news, but don’t worry: most home sales will still yield a profit for the average buyer.

While you’re preparing to sell your home, knowing that there’s no way to skate by paying expenses you’ll inevitably incur, bear in mind the good things that you’ve done, or will do for your home: it’s always easier to sell a home that has been recently or consistently updated. It’s also easier to sell your home with a fresh, bright garden and a clean manicured lawn. Don’t forget about your home’s exterior, either – freshly-washed windows give your home a polished look that everyone will appreciate. Don’t forget to powerwash your roof and siding!

Appraisers and Real Estate Agents

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Some feel ambivalent about bringing property appraisers into the mix of buying and selling residential properties, but there are several benefits to hiring an appraiser. First of all, you’ll have the best estimate for the true value of your home. This estimate will consider both the features of and needed repairs for your home, as well as local amenities. An appraiser, like a real estate agent, may be able to direct you to some companies that can help you bring your house to the place it needs to be maximize the profit you’ll get when it sells.

While you don’t always need the services of an appraiser, if you don’t use an appraiser, it’s always a good idea to hire a real estate agent.  Real estate agents are very good at connecting you with the properties that you want, or with the buyers that you need. Real estate agents can be there to manage bids for the property, and in seller’s markets, help you to get the bid you want. All of this help, though, comes at a small cost – usually around five percent of the home’s total sale price.  Remember, though, that real estate agents are actively networking your property, and diverting some of the flow from the market of home-seekers to your front door. Real estate agents will also help you with the various things that you may need to get your home ready to sell. Your home, though clean and updated, will still need a little bit of sprucing and shifting to be fully-ready to go to market. A staging company can come from your real estate agent, and you can also consider an interior decorator, if your home is quirky. Staging and decorating can run into the thousands of dollars, but most companies are willing and able to work within your budget.

Listing Costs and Ads

The cost of listing your home for sale can be included in the price of the house, and made the buyer’s expense. There’s no way for sellers to get around doing it, though. MLS Sites, and more accessible sites like Trulia and Redfin will be able to attract buyers for your home. Spending more money advertising your property will always get you a few more eyes, but remember to consider a few key points: first of all, you have entire networks on your social media. Use them! Second, purchasing ads to appear on social media is an easy and quick possibility. From there, you can choose ads targeted to your geographic location. A large budget for ads like this is hundreds of dollars, so you are able to purchase social ads for just a little here and there. Selling your home is a little easier when you feel like you’re taking an active role, and you know you’re fully-utilizing your entire network.  

Staging services could also be counted under the ‘ads’ section: photographs of your staged home should be displayed as often as possible, as a means of generating, and possibly maintaining, interest in your property.

Closing Costs

Taking 2-4% of total costs of home, or roughly what your real estate agent will make. This can include any mortgage fees that must be paid, transfer fees, and sales taxes. What may also be included in this cost is any money paid in legal fees, in the event that you contacted an attorney. in the nation, San Jose leads the way with the highest average total cost of sale over $80,000, with Cincinnati picking up the rear at close to $10,000.  

Touch-Ups and Cleaning

Before your house enters the market, you should make sure that every painted surface in and outside of your home has a fresh coat of paint. Make sure this includes the walls of bathrooms and closets – a home buyer will be checking anywhere they can, including closets. It goes without saying that choosing a professional cleaning service for your home is always a great idea. Particularly with high-quality cleaning services, you may have the option of rust removal and deep-cleaning of carpet, rugs, and drapes. If possible, before, during, and after cleaning your home, open as many windows as possible. During extreme heat or cold, this is an option than can be skipped. But if the weather is nice, and your heating or cooling costs are affordable, allowing your home to be cleansed with fresh air is one of the best ways to refresh your home.

Fees and Bills

Mortgage fees and commissions for real estate agents and buyer’s agents constitute most of the ‘fees’ that incur during the process of selling a home. Other professionals, like appraisers, painters, and cleaning services, might also fall under this category, but remember that the close of a home sale doesn’t mean the end of the home’s necessary services. Make sure that you’re up and on-time for your bills. This is important not only for your credit, but to anyone who will move into your home, and need running water. Don’t forget the grocery bill of coffee, doughnuts, and napkins for open houses!

Ricki Irwin
Ricki Irwin
00:06 24 May 19
This was so easy Casey was very helpful and kept in contact through the entire process thank you again for everything. Highly recommend this company.
Lela Leedham
Lela Leedham
03:08 22 Feb 19
Great experience working with Casey and Ryan. We would recommend them anytime. They are very knowledgeable and very professional.
Emily Binder
Emily Binder
21:16 18 Feb 19
Jennifer Gibbs
Jennifer Gibbs
19:58 18 Feb 19
A very impressive operation. Very professional and knowledgeable. They follow up when they say they will. Very helpful Team. If you're looking for a fast and fair cash offer on your home, these are the guys to call!
Mario Elizondo
Mario Elizondo
19:58 18 Feb 19
Very professional and a pleasure to work with.
Danny O'Bannon
Danny O'Bannon
19:53 18 Feb 19
I called 5 different companies from google trying to find a company that would pay the most for my rental and their offer was higher than the others. Extremely streamlined process. Easiest transaction I’ve done
Ross Greene
Ross Greene
18:04 17 Feb 19
Ryan & Casey were great to work with! Absolute pro's in the business. I would definitely recommend them. If only I could give them more than 5 stars. Hope to work with them again soon! Thanks guys!
Pam Dickerson
Pam Dickerson
23:53 15 Feb 19
Excellent customer service! Helped us through the entire process. Highly recommend!
steve Balsacker
steve Balsacker
19:35 14 Feb 19
Me and my wife had gone through a divorce and we wanted a quick way to get rid of our property so we could just move on with our lives, Thankfully Ryan came in and helped us out, I didn't have the time to deal with the headache of people coming in and out as well as all the repairs that were needed. He gave me top dollar for my home and I was out in 7 days!
jason almeida
jason almeida
16:52 14 Feb 19
We have seen their signs around town and thought it was a scam, we decided to give them a call and I couldn't have been happier with our experience. They were professional and knowledgable, they paid for all closing costs and even helped with our family move. Great guys and great company! Thanks again!
Peter Floratos
Peter Floratos
04:51 14 Feb 19
This team handles their business right. They are a pleasure to work with.
Tyler Hubbs
Tyler Hubbs
04:38 14 Feb 19
Ryan and Casey treated me with patience and respect during the whole transaction! Very trustworthy and explained each and every question I had!! I would highly recommend We Buy Any Vegas House!!
Dennis Ripley
Dennis Ripley
03:55 14 Feb 19
Very professional and very knowledgeable from start to finish. They went above and beyond to help me find what I was looking for. I would definitely recommend them.
Avraham Metal
Avraham Metal
01:58 14 Feb 19
As a Real Estate Agent I have sold properties to Casey and his Team. They are men of their word and have never let me down.
Dena Shapiro
Dena Shapiro
01:29 14 Feb 19
What an AWESOME experience!! Casey and Ryan are THE BOMB!! They either answer their phone ALWAYS or respond within minutes. They originally called to see if I wanted to sell but I wasn't interested in selling. However, my neighbor had to sell immediately so I referred them to her, she accepted their offer & they closed escrow within weeks. It would've been A LOT sooner but there were delaying issues on the seller side. Anyways, they got it closed & EVERYONE is happy!! Thank you so much Casey & Ryan :). YOU'RE THE BEST!!!
Ron Lorenzo Woods
Ron Lorenzo Woods
00:51 14 Feb 19
Great team with quick and professional service!
karina giraldo
karina giraldo
00:36 14 Feb 19
Knowledgeable, fair, and professional. I loved working with Casey. I did my research before selecting a company, and I’m so happy I went with them!
Cody Raynoha
Cody Raynoha
00:27 14 Feb 19
Casey runs a great company that's honest, easy to deal with, and is always fair. I'd absolutely work with him again!
Whitney Carter
Whitney Carter
21:42 08 Feb 19
Grateful to have worked with such a great company! Long story, short they really did help me through a tough time. No need to get into details, but this company really knows what they are doing. Thank you for all of your help with my home. Highly HIGHLY recommend!
Alan Giblin
Alan Giblin
23:01 07 Feb 19
I was shocked when I heard that We Buy Any Vegas House could sell my house so fast without any fees or charges at all. Thanks again guys!
Crosbey Proffitt
Crosbey Proffitt
22:48 07 Feb 19
I started off using a realtor thinking that I would be able to sell my home fast, but that wasn’t the case. I ended up reaching out to different companies and I ended up finding We Buy Any Vegas House. They were on it the second I reached out to them and were able to sell my home fast!
Investors
Investors
18:59 07 Feb 19
I have been in Real Estate for many years, it’s so refreshing to meet such professional, kind people to work with. We Buy Any Vegas House has great employees who are responsive and get things done quick. You can tell they have a true passion for what they do. If you are looking to work with a great team and you want to sell your house quick, I highly recommend this group!
Scott Henry
Scott Henry
18:53 07 Feb 19
We Buy Any Vegas House truly is one of the most reliable companies I have worked with. You can really tell that Casey and Ryan really care about what they do and really want to make you feel comfortable in the process. Thank you for all your guys help!
Ashlyn Mazur
Ashlyn Mazur
21:26 02 Nov 18
Most professional real estate company I've ever worked with! Would for sure recommend them!
Ashley Thompson
Ashley Thompson
18:59 02 Nov 18
I called 3 different companies and Casey was the most responsive. His offer was higher than the other ones as well. I really liked that they were a local company and everyone who helped me in the process was great to work with!
Katrine Baker
Katrine Baker
18:39 02 Nov 18
My mom and I had to move out of our house pretty quickly due to her martial differences. They were honest and extremely professional during the process and we are forever grateful to have worked with such a great company! Highly recommend!
Gregory Mitchell
Gregory Mitchell
00:26 01 Nov 18
Unfortunately, I never thought I would see myself having to get rid of my home, especially in a fast time frame. However, life happens, and I needed to sell my home quickly due to a death in the family. I reached out to 4 companies in Las Vegas, and We Buy Any Vegas House not only was the most efficient, but the friendliest, most reasonable, and compassionate. The other 3 companies did not even compare. Casey and Ryan have gone above and beyond to make sure that this worked for me. They truly care about you, which means a lot especially during a tough time. They put in the effort to care about the client first, as well as my family during this tough time. I am so grateful to have found them, and to top it off, they bought my house and put cash in my pocket in 7 days. Would recommend to all! Use this company, you can't go wrong! Thanks to Casey, Ryan and John!
Samantha Bonneville
Samantha Bonneville
00:23 01 Nov 18
We buy any houses is one of the most honest companies I have worked with. They are always upfront with issues of the houses, honest with fees And closings. We have not had a bad experience after 10+ Transactions
Alyssa Trent
Alyssa Trent
23:08 31 Oct 18
I worked with them to help my Mom sell her house and they were so amazing!! They explained to us exactly how everything worked step by step. I called them on a Monday and they got us cash by Thursday. Casey is such a genuine person.
Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson
22:10 31 Oct 18
After a tenant trashed my rental property, I was faced with the decision of remodeling or selling the property in its current state. I called Casey and he walked me through the entire process, start to finish. After factoring in the amount of time and money the remodel would take, it was clear that selling to them was the best decision for me. Within a week of my first contact with Casey and his team, we closed on the property and I had cash in hand. I'll definitely be reaching out to them in the future. THANKS!!!
Corey Trent
Corey Trent
02:33 31 Oct 18
I reached out to Casey and Ryan when I needed to sell my house. They were very professional and helped me through this tough time. They were able to buy my house and close fast. What a great team they are! I would recommend them to anyone. Thanks again!
John Washington
John Washington
02:24 31 Oct 18
As a very skeptical person I always believe that my best interest is not priority when dealing with people that want my business. I cannot name the countless times that I have been burned. After looking to sell my house for a cash offer, I was called by a lot of investors, most of which had very little customer service. Several didn't return call when they said they would and then when they finally called me back, they got anger when I decided not to use their Services. From day one Ryan not only treated me like is #1 customer but also treated my whole family like long time friends. I most also state that his offer wasn't even the highest. I took the lower off with him due to the fact that he help with crucial tax situations that I needed taken care before receiving them money so it wouldn't bit me in the butt later. He answered every call before and after the process was completed. 99% of others wouldn't have even answered a text once they got the money. Could I have made a couple of thousand dollars more with someone else? Sure, but the peace of mind in knowing that it was done the right way by someone who actually was professional and care was more than worth it. Ryan has made a customer and friend for life.
Green Girl
Green Girl
00:00 31 Oct 18
I was in a really tough spot because my Husband was in the Hospital and had passed away. I was completely unready for this and had discovered that there would be considerable expenses!  I had received several letters from companies interested in the property on an "as is" basis.  Most had never got back to me after I called them or were too low of offers.  I put an inquiry in their website and was immediately contacted by the Owner who was able to come the very next day!  The entire process was easy and professional.  Thank you We Buy Any Vegas House!
Mike
Mike
23:37 30 Oct 18
Casey and Ryan were so helpful! I was was a week from being Foreclosed and they were able to get me cash in my account in 5 days! And even let me rent back until I was able to find a new home!
Karl Workman
Karl Workman
21:03 30 Oct 18
This company was not only the most professional real estate company i've dealt with, but they're the most reliable and respond quicker than most companies i've ever dealt with. They were fast, professional, and knowledgable in all aspects of our deal. Would and plan to recommend them to all of my friends and family! 10/10.
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