How To Sell Your House Yourself Fast Without An Agent
You may be in a situation where you need to sell your property quickly to raise capital, and don’t want to lower how much money you will walk away with from the deal by listing the property. You know that it can be as much as 6% of your selling price that is paid out by selling with realtors. So you may be thinking of trying to sell your house yourself without an agent and need to sell it quickly. Good news – it can be done.
How To Get Your House To Sell Quickly
Whatever the reason that you need to sell your property quickly, there are a few things that you have to do first to make sure that it does just that. You can’t just wake up one day and decide that you are going to put a for sale sign in the front yard and hope that a buyer comes in (unless you plan on selling to investors who buy houses in as is condition).
The first and most obvious thing that you need to do is to put things away and clean the house. Nobody is going to buy a house that is cluttered and dirty. Then you need to look around the house and see the things that are obvious and that need to be repaired, like leaking faucets and even burned out light bulbs.
Here is more along those lines about making repairs prior to marketing your property from Wiki:
3 – Have your home inspected. Many standard real estate contracts are going to give the home buyer the right to inspect the property, so be prepared. Have your home inspected before you advertise. Under a general inspection you might be obligated to make major repairs to appliances, plumbing, septic, electrical and heating systems, etc. You can expect your home’s roof and foundations to be inspected, as well. Follow the recommendations and make necessary repairs. Additional inspections requested by the buyer are customarily at their expense.
4 – As much as possible, get your home in move-in condition before you put it on the market. Buyers of homes are inherently lazy. If they feel like they’ll need to do extra landscaping, plumbing, appliance and electrical work before they can enjoy the house, they’ll balk when it comes to buy, even if the rest of your house is an absolute steal. So make it easy for them. Hire a handyman or general contractor to get the home as ready to move into as possible.
That’s really good info, especially about buyers being kind of lazy. The reality of it is that if it’s a family moving into the property with small children, they really aren’t going to have the time to make repairs. Soccer games, band practice, swimming, you name it – they are just to busy being involved in their kids lives to spend a lot of time making little repairs. However, if you don’t have the money to make the repairs you can always advertise the property as “Handyman Special” which will then hopefully attract the right buyer and they know from the get go that they need to work on the property.
Start Marketing Your Property
Now you have the property presentable. It’s time to put that for sale by owner sign in the front yard! It can be an anxious time, but try to relax. Here are a few more things to help you to get people to call or come by to check out your property:
3. Market Your Property
In addition to listing the home on the MLS, advertise by putting up “for sale” signs, creating brochures, putting ads on Craigslist, and building a web site to market the property. FSBO.com offers home-selling packages for homeowners that begin at $69.95. The marketing packages include items like brochures and yard signs. There will be some costs involved in advertising the sale of your home, but they will be a fraction of an agent’s commission. The real cost is the amount of time and energy you will need to put into selling your home.
4. Hold an Open House
You can also hold an open house to advertise the sale of your home. Advertise for the open house by posting signs in your neighborhood. Have some light refreshments available and set out brochures about the home that visitors can take with them as they leave.
5. Know Your Property’s Selling Points
When writing your ad copy for websites or brochures, make sure to include basic information about the house, including the price, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, lot size, location, and of course the specific details that make the house special to potential buyers.
Take a look at other listings on Craigslist, Realtors’ websites, and Yahoo! Real Estate to get a sense of what sort of details sellers and agents are including in their listings. You’ll quickly find out that features like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and oversized windows entice buyers. Determine what’s special about your home and highlight those features in your marketing efforts.
Great tips and we especially like the thought of having brochures for your property that potential buyers can take with them when they leave. Also listing your property on the numerous online website listing services is a great idea. Don’t forget about using social media as well like Facebook and Twitter. You may not know it and one of your friends maybe looking for a house. The more eyes that see your property online, the faster you will bring in a buyer.
You can sell on your own. It will take some doing though. No matter how you choose to sell, either with or without an agent, you will have to clean and make repairs to the property. Once everything is in order, market your property as many ways as you possibly can and afford.
If you want to sell your property without all the headaches, and you are in the Metro Atlanta area, you can always contact us for a free, no obligation offer on your property at (770) 756-8680.