Selling your home on your own can save you thousands of dollars in commission fees, but you’ll also be forgoing the expertise a realtor can offer you through the sale process. To make the process easier for you, here are some helpful tips for selling your home on your own.
How to Sell Your House Without a Realtor
First Impressions Count
Is your home in a good state to be viewed by potential buyers? Make sure to give it a thorough inspection and consider ways to make your home look more appealing.
Remember that first impressions count, so your house should look at its best both inside and out. Paint the front door, sweep the porch and make sure any trees or shrubs are neatly trimmed. Think about giving the walls a fresh coat of paint, polish wooden floors, and hire professionals to do a deep clean of each room inside the house.
If there are things you need to fix before selling your house, such as dripping faucets or broken doorbells, tend to these items yourself, or hire a handyman to fix them for you.
With the money you save from selling on your own, consider hiring a staging company to showcase your home’s best features.
Take Professional Photos
A selection of photographs that present your home in the best light possible are priceless, especially when most people will be seeing these images before they see your home. According to the National Association of Realtors 2017 study, online websites were seen as the most useful information source in people’s home search process, at 88%.
Professional photographs can make the difference between someone booking a viewing or scrolling past your listing to view another property.
For Sale Sign
To make the public aware that your house is on the market, nothing beats a ‘For Sale’ sign. This will inform your neighbors and passersby that you are selling your home and they can always spread the news through word of mouth. Signage will also make it easier for potential buyers to find your home when they come for a viewing.
Use Social Media
Along with publishing your listing on property websites and the MLS Property Network, make use of social media channels to get your home noticed. Post tweets to your followers and mention that you are selling when leaving comments for others. In addition, ask friends and family to share and retweet your posts so that they reach a wider network of people.
Consider joining relevant groups on Facebook and advertise your listing there. To get maximum exposure, it can pay to create a Facebook ad for a short period to boost your post and ensure it is being reached by people who match your criteria.
Now that you have everything you need to confidently market and sell your home on your own you can begin the process. You can also read this guide for selling my house without a realtor for more helpful advice.