Can I Sell My House Myself?

“Why wouldn’t I sell my home myself?”

This is the mindset and thinking for a lot of people, after all, you could save a lot of money and you don’t have to pay a realtor a commission, right?

Well, if you feel you can do that, maybe you do. Maybe you have those skills to market your home, to spend the time dealing with people, handling the showings, and coordinating all of the behind-the-scenes, not to mention making sure that they’re pre-approved with the lender, and that you understand the contract process.

However, in my experience, most of the time sellers actually save money or sell their home for a higher price if they hire a professional to do it.

It’s not just putting a sign in the yard and then collecting a paycheck at the end. I am a realtor, this is my profession and my area of expertise, and I’m well-versed in the process as far as:

  • Marketing your home

  • Pricing it right to sell

  • Dealing with the other side—the buyers

  • Making sure they’re pre-approved, knowing what lender they’re working with, what type of loan they’re doing, understanding who pays closing costs, and following that process alongside the sale on the listing side.        

I think it’s best to have a professional representing you when negotiating an offer on your home, rather than you dealing with the buyer directly. That can get pretty sticky! Having professional support takes the emotion out of it because you don’t have to speak with them directly. Plus the fact that you have somebody negotiating on your behalf means they can yield you the highest price possible to sell your home.

Have you, or someone you know, ever sold their own home? What worked well and what was challenging? Would you do it again?

I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Meredith Tomlinson