15 Hidden Homebuying Costs That Could Blow Your Budget

Selling a home is one of the most lucrative financial transactions in the average person’s life. What many home sellers don’t realize, especially first-time home sellers.

The truth is the money you put into your house before selling it is a great investment that will most likely pay for itself and then some.

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So where is all this pre-listing money going, and how does it boost your sale price? Read on and we’ll break it down for you.

1. Getting an Independent Appraisal

Pricing is one of the most important pre-listing tasks for sellers. Price your home too high, and you’ll scare off a lot of buyers.

Getting an independent appraisal can give you a professional opinion of how much your home is worth, taking its unique features and condition into account.

2. Professional Home Staging

Professional home stagers know from experience exactly what prospective buyers want to see in a home, and how to show off your property in its best light.

Often, that means bringing in new furniture, furnishings, and even artwork, as well as changing the layout of key rooms in the house.

3. A Pre-Listing Inspection

Having your home inspected before it hits the market will make sure there are no unpleasant surprises that could derail your home sale at the last minute.

According to Zillow, 15% of home sales are called off because the inspection finds something unpleasant at the 11th hour, and the buyer backs out.

4. Presale Repairs

If you’ve lived in your home for a while, it’s very likely you’re going to need to fix a few things to get your home ready for the market.

This could include big repairs like the roof or foundation, cosmetic repairs like painting, having your yard landscaped, or small repairs like fixing dead outlets or loose doorknobs.


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