Preparing to sell your home can be an eye-opening experience. You may have started out in the beginning thinking you’d slap up a little paint, rake the leaves, throw a sign in the yard and watch the offers roll in. As you progress through the process, you’re beginning to see that the seller costs associated with putting a house on the market just keep adding up, with no light at the end of the tunnel.
Expenses you will have to cover when selling your home:
- Repairs – depending upon how much needs to be done and the severity of the problems, this could potentially run into the thousands. Even if you’re only talking minor work like drywall and trim repair, or carpetstain removal, it’s a hefty expense if you can’t do the workyourself.
- Window washing – this is something sellers tend to forget about, but if you take a good look you’ll probably see fingerprints, dirt, and debris that you don’t want buyers to see. Again, you may have to hire this out, particularly if you have two floors, which could cost a few hundred dollars.
- Landscaping – curb appeal is critical, and even just adding a few bushes and flowers, and repairing stones in the walkway can add up pretty quickly.
- Pre-inspection – this isn’t required, but it’s a couple hundred dollars well-spent if you don’t want buyers to discover unknown problems upon their own inspection.
Keeping these expenses in mind when deciding how to sell your home can help you make the right decision for your situation.