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* Advertising your home, if you're selling it yourself. This could easily run into hundreds of dollars, depending on methods you choose. * Realtor commissions - typically 6% of selling price. *Closing costs, including attorney and other professional fees * Excise taxes on sale * Property taxes and any homeowner association fees
Take Care Of Any Needed Repairs
If you've been putting off getting driveway fixed, repairing roof or any other needed repairs, time to do it is now, before you put your house on market. Some repairs, left undone, will prevent your home from selling at all and others will bring your asking price down. Replacing broken roofing tiles, loose gutter shoring and other minor but unsightly problems will make your house that much more saleable.
Get Your House Looking Its Best
Selling for price you want depends on how appealing your house is. Take a good, hard look at your house, inside and out. Trim bushes, mow lawns, plant a flower bed. Something as simple as giving your siding and windows a good scrub down can freshen its look immensely.
Here are some other things that increase chances of your house selling quickly:
* A fresh coat of paint, or just touching up trim * Freshly painted interior walls * New carpet or flooring in common rooms like kitchen or bathroom
Have A Garage Sale
Get rid of all accumulated clutter and pocket a little profit at same time. That collection of kids' bikes in garage may be a storehouse of memories to you, but to a prospective buyer they're just clutter - and they will make your garage look smaller. Clear away as much clutter as you possibly can. When you're ready to show your house, it should be as close to move-in condition as possible. The more easily a buyer can picture their own family in house, more likely they will be to buy.
Andrew is the web owner of "Home Buying and Home Selling Tips: How to buy a house and sell house fast", a website that provides informational guide on home buying, selling house, home mortgage loan, foreclosure home, real estate investment, and more.