Is There A Cheaper Way To Sell Your Home?

Written by Karen Bryan

cragside houseSelling a property can be expensive, as you’ll need to pay a fee for everything from the estate agency costs and the exit fees through to the legal fees and various insurances.

In theory it should be a simple and cheap process, but the modern costs associated with property sales are often high. These high costs have led many homeowners to look into alternative ways to sell their house.
So let’s take a look at the question on everyone’s lips in 2015: is there a cheaper way to sell property?

Cut Out the Middle Man

It is possible to sell a property without using an estate agent and this will help you to avoid paying a percentage out when you make the sale. This does mean that you will need to do the hard work by yourself such as writing a property description and doing the advertising, but the money you save on the fees is well worth the hard work. It’s easy to sign up to use HouseSimple online estate agents and you can reach out to possible investors quickly and easily without having to pay an estate agent to help.

Prepare the Property Yourself

There’s no need to pay a painter and decorator to redecorate before you sell but it is important to make your property look appealing to potential buyers by giving it a fresh lick of paint. This can be done to the interior and the exterior and you can also clear up the garden (cut the lawn, trim the bushes, plant some flowers) to make it look nicer, without having to hire a gardener.

Haggle the Cost

If you do decide to use an estate agent, don’t be afraid to haggle the cost as they will often be prepared to reduce their fee. It is also important to shop around for a good deal by comparing the cost of different agents in the area and this can often be done online or over the phone.

Add Small Finishing Touches

Making some small differences to your home can have a big impact and there’s no need to spend thousands of pounds to make your property more appealing to potential buyers. You can do things such as clear out your clutter, depersonalise each room and make sure the entire house feels fresh. This can be achieved by using turning on the lights, using incense oils to create a welcoming aroma and putting some flowers in a vase.

Selling a property can take some time and undoubtedly a lot of effort but there is no need to spend a fortune. There are ways to reduce the cost of everything from repainting your property yourself through to eliminating the need for an estate agent.