How to Sell Using FSBO

When people decide to put their house on the market, they automatically think that they need to hire a realtor in order to get the job done right. The truth is that you can sell your house yourself using the “for sale by owner,” or FSBO, process. All you need to do is sign-up with a FSBO company for marketing support, and the rest is up to you. An FSBO company will provide you with exposure on a website, a listing in a local print catalog, and all the help you need to get the paperwork right when you sell. The only thing you have to do is set the price on your home, and get to selling it.

There are some things you should do before you actually put the house on the market to make your chances of selling the house better. The first thing you want to do is walk out the front door, and look at your house from the curb. Do you like the way it looks? If you were house hunting, would you stop in at your house looking the way it does? This is called measuring curb appeal, and it is extremely important that your home have a lot of curb appeal to gather in prospective buyers.

For Sale by Owner

For Sale by Owner

In some cases it can be extremely inexpensive to create curb appeal on your home. Maybe your sidewalks need to be edged, or those weeds growing along the side of the house could be removed, and maybe the porch could use a coat of paint. Anything you can do to improve the look of the house from the curb is going to increase your selling chances. Do not think that a lower selling price will compensate for a lack of curb appeal, because it simply will not. If you want serious buyers to look your house over, you need to make that good first impression.

From the curb we walk through the front door and gauge how that strikes you. It can be difficult to be objective when judging your own home, so you may want to have a close friend or relative help you by making suggestions of the things they see. How does the carpet look? Is it time to replace the crown molding running along the ceiling? Could the walls use a new coat of paint, or maybe a makeover with some wallpaper? The idea is to spend as little as possible to try and get the maximum possible value from your home. You would be amazed how much value a $20 can of interior paint can add to a home.

The final check is the backyard. Are you making the most of the space in the backyard? Is your current layout making the backyard look as big as it can look? If there is very little in your backyard, then sometimes the best approach is to clear your backyard and make it look bigger to prospective buyers. Perception is everything, and if someone sees a big backyard then that may push them towards making you an offer.


One Comment

  1. John
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 9:31 pm |

    When we decided to sell our home, the best advice we got was to add crown molding around the house. Every time someone came to check the house out, the first thing they commented on was the beautiful crown. It really is amazing what elegance comes along with crown. It creates such a polished look – people can’t resist! It did sell pretty quickly!