The Real Cost of Selling Your House

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The real cost of selling your house can depend on location, fees, repairs and more. If you learn about what costs can be included and how to reduce them you’ll be ready for a the unexpected.  Here is a list of costs that are typically involved in selling your home.

Costs of selling your home

Home staging

Professional home staging costs likely include service and rental fees, which can balloon while your home is on market. Even a “move-in ready” home can cost a few hundred dollars to stage.

Professional cleaning and landscaping

Cleaning a house typically runs about 10 cents per square foot, depending on size and condition. Professional landscaping can add $4-10 per square foot, but that can easily multiply with large yard or tree projects.

Home repairs and maintenance

Repairs can be necessary or elective, but selling a home in good condition is key to a good offer. Sellers generally commit about five percent of their home’s sale price for repairs.

Home improvements and renovations

Most sellers make at least one home improvement project, costing about $5,000. If you can afford a remodel, it’s advisable to start with high value rooms, like the kitchen.

Professional photography

A professional photographer can cost from $100-300, depending on experience and scope. Quality photos, video, or virtual tours are relatively affordable when you consider their value for prospective buyers.


Home inspection costs vary by location, usually ranging from $300-$500. The size and age of a home also impacts costs.

Costs while on the market

Depending on your choices, some costs are incurred while the home is on market and may be impacted by how long your home takes to sell.

Utilities and holding costs

Homes on the market should have working power and water. Along with mortgage and HOA fees, such “holding costs” are a factor for sellers who don’t plan to live in the home while on market.

Home warranties

Sellers may purchase a warranty for major appliances or electrical, plumbing and air systems, especially for older homes. Cost can range from $200-$1,500 a year, depending on terms.

Other seller concessions

Other concessions a potential buyer may request are repairs and inclusion of major appliances, large furniture and other items that might be considered existing fixtures.

Costs in finalizing the sale

While the costs and fees for selling a house can be numerous, most hidden costs come at the end of a sale, when contracts and eagerness to close are center stage.

Real estate agent commissions

The typical commission split by real estate agents and brokers is 5-6% of the home sale price, traditionally paid by the seller.

Capital gains tax

Capital gains is a tax on your sale’s profit. Rates on long-term capital gains depend on your income, but there are ways to reduce or exempt the tax.

Property taxes

Annual property taxes for your home are due at closing, and the seller usually pays a prorated amount based on the closing date within the current tax year.

Transfer taxes

Transfer taxes on your sale price can be levied by cities, counties, or states and vary greatly (from 0-4%) depending on area laws. Most often the seller is expected to pay.

Title and escrow fees

Title fees, typically 1%, go the title company at closing for title review and title insurance. Escrow fees are typically 1-2%, often split between the two parties along with other closing costs.

Attorney fees

Check state laws to see if a real estate attorney is required at closing. If so, one can cost $150-400 per hour, depending on experience.

Other closing costs

Closing costs can include the fees and taxes above along with a few others, like application and credit reporting fees. These typically total 3-6% of the sale price, and parties can either split closing costs or negotiate for the best deal.

Mortgage payoff

If you have a mortgage, your home’s sale price will ideally be used to pay off whatever you owe. Check your agreement for any prepayment penalty that may be in effect.

Moving costs

Before getting started on your home sale, be sure you’ve factored in relocation costs if you’ll need to vacate, including any temporary housing or moving costs.

So, how much does it cost to sell a house?

Ultimately, sellers can expect to pay about 10% of the sale price to sell a home. How much depends on many factors, including local laws, tax rates, negotiating skills, and how much you’re willing to invest in preparing your home.

While you will will likely get a lower selling price, you can eliminate many of these cost by selling it as-is to Homeinc. We can give you a cash offer and flexibility on your closing date.

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