How do I sell my house without an agent in Tulsa, OK?
You’ve finally decided that now is the right time to sell your house, but can’t get past those hefty realtor fees, right? Well good for you! We are here to help you get started!
The process involves a bit more than just doing some cleaning, taking pictures, and throwing a sign in the yard. We’ve come up with a step by step guide to helping you sell your house without using an agent here in the Tulsa area.
Here are some tips to help you get your Tulsa house sold!
1. Get a Home Inspection
We totally get that you’d rather not cover the cost of a home inspection since that should be the buyer’s choice and responsibility, right? But don’t skimp on this. Imagine getting your house looking show-ready, spending time and money painting, landscaping, new countertops etc., only to find out that your roof you recently had replaced is leaking or that you have termites in the garage. Finding out these issues and being able to make the repair OR disclose prior to listing will be less likely to scare off a potential buyer. Having this done prior to listing can give you peace of mind knowing you’re able to fully disclose any issues and won’t have any big surprises later. The typical cost for a home inspection in the Tulsa area is $500-$750 (depending on the house size) and is certainly money well spent when listing without an agent.
2. Scope out the Competition
Find out what other houses in your area are selling for on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor, and other listing sites. It’s a good idea to compare what your house has to offer versus what other houses have to offer. It’s impossible to change your location, layout of home, yard size etc., but you can see if other homes are updated with fresh paint, carpet, appliances and more. Do you need to invest into staging your home? Is it a matter of decluttering? And if you get a chance, go to some open houses and try to find out what others are saying they do and don’t like about the house they’re viewing. Now take that knowledge and do what you can with your own house.
If you’re saying “I just want a cash offer for my house in Tulsa” then contact us and we will make you a fair offer. We want to get you an amount that works for you as well as allows us to buy the property as an investment.
3. Roll up your sleeves and get to work!
Take a good look around the house and see what little things need to be fixed or repaired. Do you need to straighten that cabinet door? Do you need to replace burned out light bulbs? Figure out which things need to be done for the house to look well cared for.
And apart from the “fixing”, let’s talk about refreshing your space. Painting a home can be a daunting task and I don’t know many people who enjoy it. But a fresh coat of neutral colored paint can give a house a much cleaner and fresh look. You may need to do the entire house, or just choose the main living areas to freshen up. The cost is about $130 for a 5 gallon bucket of paint and you’ll likely need a few of those. But trust me, this can be an investment that has a big impact and makes a big difference to buyers! Now find some friends and have a paint party!
4. Minimize the clutter
Declutter and depersonalize your home! I know it sounds strange to depersonalize, but buyers want to imagine their own lives there – not yours! So get rid of the extra decorations and family pictures that make it hard for buyers to envision their own belongings there.
5. Know what your house is worth and price it right
Your house likely has sentimental value and special meaning to you, but that can’t be factored into the actual value of your home. Doing a comparative market analysis (CMA) is important to knowing the value of your home in order to price it right. Most realtors will not want to do this at no cost (I don’t blame them) so you may need to do your own. Some websites, like Zillow, have a tool to do your own comparison. You’ll select homes that are similar to yours in size, upgrades, and amenities to find out a good ballpark range of your house value. Now price it right to get it sold fast!
6. Make it look pretty!
You’ve done all this hard work to get the house sold, but don’t forget to make it look pretty! If your furniture looks old and worn, it might be worth investing into a home staging company’s services. This can be done on a small scale and using much of your own furniture, or even having the whole house staged if it’s already vacant.
7. Take quality pictures
You can have the most beautiful and show-ready house, but if your pictures are poor quality, it’s difficult for buyers to see the beauty. If you can spare the expense, hire a real estate photographer. If that’s not an option, using an app can certainly enhance the picture and get buyers interested in seeing the house in person.
You can find an Oklahoma Real estate contract. You need to read through and understand anything you’re signing and ask someone else to sign. It’s a good idea to have some sort of legal counsel involved to ensure that you’re protected, since this is a large transaction with a lot at stake.
9. Keep your house clean
I know this can be extremely difficult, especially if you have children. But it’s important to keep the house nearly show-ready at all times. You never know when someone will drive by, call right then and ask to see the house. You’re under no obligation to drop what you’re doing for every call, but keep in mind that you DO want interested buyers coming inside the home!
Remember a few steps back when you had to really determine the value of your home? Well, that will come in handy when it’s time to negotiate. You don’t want to be undersold. When someone decides to offer you much less than what you’re asking, you’ll be able to stand firm on a fair price. Will you always get exactly what you’re asking for in your home? Probably not. But if you’re priced right, you should get close. And who knows, if you don’t scare people off with a ridiculously high starting price, you may get a better offer (or offers) than what you listed for!
These are some doable steps for you to take to sell your Tulsa home without using a realtor. The task can feel overwhelming, but it can be done and it can be done well. It’s a seller’s market right now in the Tulsa area and you have the chance to keep some of that money in your own pocket!
Sometimes people call us and just want to sell fast because they need to evict a relative in Tulsa and don’t want to deal with it. Evicting a family member can be an emotional experience and we can help by buying the property and taking care of that messy part.
We also have people call when they are selling a house that is far away from the metro and having a hard time getting a buyer. Maybe you are thinking “I need to sell my house fast in Collinsville, Oklahoma.” Wherever your house is, we would like to talk with you about how we can help you accomplish your goal.
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