Selling a house is undoubtedly a major life event. But, while the idea of new beginnings should leave sellers excited for their next chapter, moving can sometimes be a challenging and emotional process.
This is, in part, caused by the unavoidable and seemingly hidden costs of selling a house. To make your journey less stressful, understanding these costs before beginning the process is essential. This way, you are not blindsided by any extra or unexpected expenses.
Before selling a property, it is very important to make sure that your house is in the best possible condition. This often means performing maintenance tasks both inside and outside of the home.
Taking the time to ensure that maintenance issues have been attended to does cost money. However, this is an important step in the process of selling a house and therefore achieving the best possible sale price.
A house that appears run-down will struggle to sell. To negate this, you will have to fix plumbing issues that have left water marks on the roof. In addition, fresh coats of paint will need to be applied to cracked and marked walls.
Maintenance might also encompass having pools and tennis courts professionally cleaned. Sellers may even need to clean roofs and gutters. A real estate agent will advise you on what maintenance works are crucial and what can be left for the new owners.
There are legal costs associated with selling. Namely, engaging a lawyer to legally transfer ownership of the home from the seller to the buyer. The lawyer helps sellers manage everything from the sales contract to other legal fees.
Lawyers will charge for this work. However, it is worth noting that the exact monetary cost will vary from state to state, suburb to suburb and from one agency to another.
When it comes to selling a house, the agent’s commission makes up a key component of the overall cost of selling. A real estate agent is hired to provide their industry expertise and exclusive contacts to help you sell your home.
Depending on the real estate agent you engage, sellers can enter into several commission methods. Agents may ask for a flat fee or operate off a tiered commission. These methods will be discussed and agreed upon before any contracts are signed.
In most real estate agencies, marketing costs are separate from an agent’s commission. With this in mind, in the modern-day, marketing campaigns encompass both digital and print media in order to be successful.
Digital marketing can include:
- Digital brochures
- Real estate portal listings
- Social media posts
- Professional photography
- Drone footage
Print marketing can involve:
- Property brochures
- Newspaper and magazine advertisements
- Professional copywriting
While there are many marketing techniques, the agent will not employ every single one. Instead, marketing campaigns will be tailored to your specific property, location and target buyers. With this in mind, marketing can cost anywhere between hundreds and thousands of dollars.
Moving costs can easily be forgotten. However, it is worth mentioning that they will almost always be incurred. This is because sellers will need help moving furniture and boxes from their old house into their new property. Moving costs can be a fixed or hourly rate.
When selling a home, there are many different miscellaneous expenses to consider. While these costs might not apply to everyone who sells their house, they are expenses that are worth mentioning.
Capital gains tax
For those selling a rental property, holiday house or vacant land, Capital Gains Tax is an added expense. In essence, Capital Gains Tax is the tax you pay on the profits garnered from selling assets whether they be property or stock.
Completing your house sale with Eastwood Consulting Ltd
Selling a home marks a major life transition. With so many emotions and feelings of stress tied into the moving process, look for a real estate agency that will help make this transition as seamless as possible.
While the moving process and the associated costs may seem overwhelming, Eastwood can help break down the many components of selling a home. Helping take the stress out of moving.
Whether you are preparing to sell or looking for more information, our team is waiting to assist you. We offer you experience alongside excellent market knowledge that helps make the selling process as smooth as possible.