Top 6 Unexpected Costs When Selling a Property | CEOWORLD magazine

Selling a property isn’t only about making a profit. There are a few costs you need to look out for if you are considering putting your house on the market. Here are the top expenses you might encounter during the overall sales process.

Removal fees

Moving your things can be a hassle. That’s why many home sellers rely on moving companies to do the job for them. The costs of hiring one is better than doing it on your own. Moving companies have all the resources they need to get the job done in the most efficient way possible. They have the human resource and right equipment to make moving day a breeze.

You can also avoid annoying your friends and family soliciting their help to move your stuff. Not to mention you can also prevent injuring yourself while lifting appliances and furniture items twice your size.

Repair and renovation costs

One of the critical things to make your house more sellable is to repair and renovate. Potential home buyers need to know that they only need to do very minimal refurbishments when they receive the property. Doing a little repair work is worth the cost so that you can snap up a good deal quickly. If you have broken door knobs, leaking pipes or a wonky heating system, you will have a hard time selling your property.

It is also a great idea to hire someone to do a little renovation. You don’t have to do an overblown remodelling of your entire house. You can go for something simpler like repainting your walls or installing potted plants along your patio.

Advertising expenses

Posting promotional ads is also an unexpected cost when selling your property. If you want to quickly get the word out that you are selling a property, you need to invest in advertising. You have to vet a proper media platform like a house listings website or a real estate firm website. You should also consider print ads in newspapers.

Agents fees

Real estate agents will receive a commission from the sale. It is negotiated between you and your agent. It can either be a fixed amount or a percentage fee. Whatever your agreement is, you still need to allot a portion of your profit for the agent.

Conveyancing fees

You will need to hire someone to handle all the legal processes to transfer land and property titles. It is what you call conveyancing. Similar to real estate agents, they’ll either charge you a fixed rate or a percentage of the sale transaction for your property.

Utilities

You still need to pay for energy costs when you are the property owner.  It’s because it will help your real estate broker sell your house. If you keep your utilities running until you close the deal, the agent can demonstrate that your home is fully functioning.

These are the things you need to look out for when selling your house. You can keep your expenses to a minimum if you always keep a close eye on them.


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Alexandra Dimitropoulou

Alexandra Dimitropoulou

Deputy executive editor at the ​CEOWORLD magazine. Writer, internet person, professional restaurant recommender, and native New Yorker. Passions: health & wellness, coffee, running & dogs.

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