73. What Costs Should I Budget for if I Sell My House on My Own in Helotes TX

We buy houses in Helotes TX and offer cash for houses in Helotes Texas if your house qualifies. If you have decided to sell your property on your own, you are likely beginning to realize there will be some costs involved.  Now you have to address the question: “What costs should I budget for if I sell my house in Helotes TX on my own?”

The answer may actually be a little surpising.

As homebuyers across San Antonio, we are aware of the home prices that have been rising in the Helotes area over the past couple of years.   Your property has probably appreciated considerably over the years and even more so in the last six months of our current real estate market.  But before you count your cash from your equity, you’ll want to factor in these obvious and some not-so-obvious costs of selling your house yourself.

Costs To Include In Your Budget When Selling Your Home On Your Own

1. Texas Realtor Commission Fees

Why in the world would we include this when you are selling your house on your own!?  More times than not, even when you decide not to list your house with a realtor, buyers already have a realtor that requires payment.  Oftentimes, the seller in a private sale is actually the one who has to bite the bullet and pay the other realtor.   Otherwise, the buyers will likely be steered away from your property by their agent.  Alternatively, their agent may ask the buyer to pay the commission and that isn’t likely since most of the time the commission is paid for by the seller.

2. Inspection-Based Home Repairs After The Sales Price Has Been Established

A house with some inspection items is expected.  A house with too many problems will likely have a repair request amendment.  Most houses have some kind of issues. Most of the time, most sellers have to do some inspection-related home repairs during the option period of a contract. And if the repairs have been neglected for longer periods of time,  these repair costs can be fairly substantial and add up quickly. A new roof, for example, can set you back by as much as $20,000.  Additionally, some lenders require certain repairs to be made before they will lend on the house.  Most buyers will have a professional inspection done.  Unless you are dealing with a cash home buyer in Helotes TX, you will likely be making some repairs.  To learn more about getting an all-cash, as-is offer click here.

3. Landscaping Refresh (Insider Tip)

Curb appeal matters most: it’s what gets potential buyers to stop and then come in the door. And landscaping is the number-one improvement that most enhances curb appeal. The cost of a thorough, full-blown landscaping job performed by a professional landscaping service runs, on average, just a little over $3,000.  We aren’t just talking about throwing down some mulch here. having a trim lawn, fresh plants, inviting features and shade are all big pluses for those wanting to spend some time outdoors in the Texas heat.

4. Don’t Skip The Professional Photography

This is something that is overlooked even by professionals.  Don’t fall prey to this rookie mistake.  This is one time when the great iPhone cameras just won’t cut it.  Oh, and your neighbor Bob who is an amateur photographer won’t cut it either.  Sure professional real estate photography isn’t cheap, however, it IS very valuable.  Skip this cost at your own risk…can’t say we didn’t warn you!

5. Cost of Utilities While Selling

Even if you’ve already moved out for your upcoming sale, you can’t just cancel CPS in the home.  Can you imagine falling in love with a house that feels more like a sauna as you walk through?  Us either. Additionally, you will not want to cancel your account with SAWS.  Water will still need to be used for proper lawn care and to keep the toilets operational.  If the house is one you’ve been living in, then you already know what it will cost you to keep the utilities on.

6. Underestimating The True Value Of Your Home

If you aren’t using a licensed Realtor and you aren’t selling to a professional homebuyer, you could be missing out on potential value when you sell your house in a private sale.  For instance, professional homebuyers are used to giving competitive offers because they know the market and know the competition is fierce.  Realtors are also trained to estimate values based on comparable sales and are required to have your best interests as their primary focus.

Cash For Houses In Helotes TX

Now you have a better understanding of the costs of selling your house on your own in Helotes or anywhere in the San Antonio area.

Now that you know some of the costs, if you would like to receive a guaranteed all-cash offer for your property from us, give us a call.  If you still want to sell your house in Helotes Texas on your own, check out one of our previous blog posts where we give you some crucial tips that will absolutely help you sell your home in a fraction of the time.  (click here)

But we can offer a fast, easy solution that may allow you to keep more of the sale price. Contact us by phone at (210) 793-4448 or fill out the form to discover more.