There are many ways you can save money when you are looking to sell your house in Phoenix. In our latest post, we explore how you can cut costs on the sale of your home or investment property.
Selling a home in the Phoenix area can be expensive. While some properties perform very well on the MLS with little effort, others require much more work. Below are some great ways you can save money when selling your Phoenix area property.
Work With A Direct Buyer
Working with a direct buyer will help you avoid all costs you would typically encounter when selling your house with an agent. Six percent is normal, and on a $200,000 house that’s $12,000.00 By skipping the MLS, you save on many expenses typically associated with a property listing. Of course, not all buyers are the same, but if you choose to work with a buyer such as Property Cartwheel, you will be able to avoid commissions, repairs, clean out and even closing costs. We won’t ask you to clean up or show the house. There are no marketing costs to factor in or other selling expenses to worry about because we take care of that. Plus, by selling quickly, you will no longer have to pay ownership and maintenance costs such as the monthly utilities, property taxes or homeowners insurance or yard upkeep.
Sell Your House On Your Own
Selling the house on your own via an FSBO listing can help you avoid the commission costs you would typically pay an agent. To sell your house as a “for sale by owner” property, it is important to have some real estate knowledge under your belt. You should know the local market, have a realistic asking price and be available and able to professionally show the house when buyers can be there. It can require many hours of work, and typically FSBO’s take longer to sell than working with an agent or selling via a direct sale to a professional buyer.
Should you decide to list, the house should be thoroughly cleaned. We’d recommend professionally. You will want to go beyond just a standard cleaning, cleaning things such as the ceiling fans, the tops of cabinets, and stains from the carpets. Many people choose to hire a team of professionals for a true deep cleaning of the home and often underestimate how long the cleaning will take or what it costs after the fact. Keep in mind that when you list, you will need to keep the house in this clean state for as long as the property is on the market. If you got this route, it’s well worth it.
Choose The Right Repairs And Upgrades
When making repairs and upgrades to a house you wish to sell, it is important to choose the right ones. You don’t want to make large renovations or repairs that are going to break the bank but not yield a good return. Instead, focus on smaller things and projects you can quickly handle on your own. Two great areas to focus on are the front yard and the entryway. These two areas provide first impressions and set the tone for the rest of the showing. You are looking for things you can do for a low cost that provide a big impact. You will want to stay away from knocking down walls or doing a kitchen renovation.
Sell Your House In “As-Is” Condition
When you choose to sell your house in “as-is” condition, you will avoid any repair costs that come up when selling the house. Property Cartwheel will buy your house as-is, or you could choose to advertise it in a listing as such. The trouble is, you may not be getting it in front of the right buyers should you put it on the MLS. Most people looking on the MLS want a house that they can immediately move-in to.
Know Your Buyers And Market Accordingly
When you know who is buying in the area, it makes it easier to market to them. Families are looking for different things than what college students are. Empty nesters might be wanting something slightly different than young, singles. Take a look at the demographics of buyers and renters in the area and market your Phoenix house accordingly. By attracting the right people to your house, you will have a much easier time selling it.
Utilize Free And Low-Cost Marketing
While many listing sites charge an arm and a leg, you can use social media sites to advertise your property for free or for a very small fee. People are visiting these sites anyway, so right away you are getting the house in front of many people without even trying. You could advertise your property for sale on Facebook and in local real estate groups. Or you could use great photography, advertising the property on Instagram with popular real estate hashtags. Some people will even create pro-quality videos on the latest smartphone to share on youtube or other social sites. Here’s to happy selling!