Many people try to sell a New Jersey house with their own listing, not using a realtor or broker. While selling without a realtor can be cheaper (you don’t have to pay commission), trying to market and sell on your own can be a lengthy and costly process. In our latest post, learn more about the costs of an FSBO (for sale by owner) listing before you try to do it all on your own.
Before putting your house out there for potential buyers to see, you’ll want to make sure it is being presented in the best light. In order to get your home in the best shape possible, you’ll likely have to roll up your sleeves and get dirty or bring in the help of a few professionals.
The house should be cleaned from top to bottom. Floors, cabinets, mirrors, walls, and everything in between. You may enlist the help of a professional when it comes to the carpets or maybe power washing your patio. A house full of trash or dirt can send potential buyers away. You want to cause the best impression that you can, even if your house is outdated, you should still make sure that it’s clean and neat!
Many people will choose to stage the home in order to appeal to the most buyers possible. You can choose to add a few pieces yourself or hire a pro to come in and set things up. Some people will focus on only a few areas instead of trying to stage the whole house. Staging will bring fresh furniture and can change the way your house looks! Our suggestion is that at least you should stage the living room, dining room and master bedroom.
If you are going to stage your home with new or borrowed items, you’ll need a place for your stuff. Do clear out some of the clutter, you might consider renting a storage until to house all of your unnecessary items while your house is on the market.
Before listing the property, you’ll want to make any necessary repairs. Seeing even one or two things broken can leave a bad impression with your potential buyers. They might wonder what else is wrong with the house. You may face more repair costs once the inspection has been done in order to satisfy the buyer and their lender. We suggest that at least you fix the big items and give a fresh coat of paint to the house.
There are all kinds of things that go into successfully marketing your New Jersey home for sale. You’ll need to take a look at the many marketing avenues available to you, then choose which methods will be the most cost effective for you. You don’t want to find that you spend so much on marketing, that you completely negate your savings of avoiding commission.
To get the attention of people driving by and to let potential buyers know they have found the right house, you’ll need to add some signage out front. You’ll want to choose something eye-catching, yet not obnoxious.
You’ll use printed materials during open houses, for people who come to see the home and to be left out front so people passing by can quickly access the property’s information. You can also choose to leave some flyers with local businesses or to put up on school or community billboards. This kind of advertising still works!
We’ve all seen those listing where the photos were taken with a cell phone, maybe out of a car window. These aren’t going to cut it if you want your home to stand out. The use of a professional photographer can help you sell your house faster!
Open House Supplies
Throwing an open house is like throwing a party for your house. You’ll want to have some snacks and some beverages available for your guests. You’ll also have to deal with the clean-up after, although your average open house is a bit tamer than those parties you remember from college.
Online Advertisements & Premium Listings
There are a number of sites out there you will want to list your home on. Many of the sites require a fee to place your ad. Some are free, however, your listing will drop to the bottom of the list as others are added. To keep your property at the top of the list, you’ll need to shell out for those premium listings.
Your time has incredible value. When selling your home on your own, you’ll be spending a good amount of time advertising the property, answering questions about the property and neighborhood, showing the house when people want to see it, and managing the escrow process once a buyer has been found.
In addition to the costs of your time mentioned above, you’ll have even more costs that are dependant on how long the process ends up taking. Utility costs, homeowners insurance, tax liability, a mortgage, landscaping, and other regular maintenance will all add up faster than you may think. If the property takes several months to sell, you could be looking at thousands of dollars in costs related to the property you are trying to sell.
When selling your property on your own, there are some risks to be aware of. Not having things done legally, not selling for what the home is worth, and not having any guarantees can be huge risks when you take matters into your own hands.
Aside from selling on your own, you could choose to hire an agent to help. However, just like an FSBO listing, there are no guarantees with an agent either. Your other option is to avoid all the costs altogether, and sell your property to [compnay]! We always pay fair prices, while handling all of the details! Learn more about how we can help!