Selling a home is an exciting and scary prospect at the same time. First, you’re leaving a house that you have likely spent a considerable amount of time in and have formed sentimental bonds with.
In addition, you are likely moving into a new and exciting location. However, you should not let these emotions get in the way of your home’s sale. Selling your home is a complex process that requires careful attention. Unfortunately, there are many costs associated with selling a home, and many people are not aware of the true cost of selling a house. What exactly are these costs? Here are three costs that you should be sure to remember when you decide to sell your home.
Real Estate Commission
A huge cost that comes from selling your home is the commission that your real estate agent takes. A real estate agent is extremely important when selling a house as they will guide you through the process and make it much smoother. However, their help doesn’t come cheap. Real estate agents typically take a percentage of your home’s sale for themselves. This is called a commission. Depending on the agreed commission rate and how much your house sells for, this could be a lot of money. There are ways to avoid this cost, as technically real estate agents aren’t necessary to close out a sale. However, selling a home without a real estate agent can be extremely difficult as you will lack the networking and expertise that they bring to the table. Your best bet is to try to find a commission rate that is favorable for you and doesn’t take a massive chunk of your sales money away.
Renovations and Fixes
A cost that you should definitely be aware of when selling your home is the cost of renovations and fixes to your home. Many times a home can’t just simply be sold in its current state and needs some serious work done to it. This work usually comes in the form of renovations and fixes. Renovations and fixes could cover a wide area of your home, ranging from bathroom and kitchen renovations to patching up a hole in the wall. Depending on how much work needs to be done to your home, renovations and fixes can be quite costly. However, you shouldn’t worry or be stingy, as renovations and fixes will usually boost the value of your home by more than they cost. That being said, you should still be aware of this cost as it can really add up and you’ll have to spend lots of money before the investment pays off.
Closing a home comes with its own fee, as closing costs have to be paid. Depending on the agreement between you and the buyer, different people may be responsible for the closing costs. Sometimes the buyer is responsible, sometimes the seller is responsible, and sometimes an agreement is made to split the costs. Closing costs can cover a wide range of fees varying from title insurance, taxes, lender costs, and homeowner’s insurance. While you may not always be responsible for some or any of these costs, you should definitely be aware of them and prepared. Try to negotiate a deal that limits your responsibility to pay closing costs, but if you can’t then you should already be prepared.