How to sell your house for free

Avoid estate agent fees with an alternative route to property sale

Selling your house is expensive. Moving is expensive. Buying a new house is expensive. It can almost feel that property eats away at your finances. However, it doesn’t need to be this way. Whilst some expenses cannot be avoided, the selling process is one area where you can save yourself some money.

Selling your home for free can sound too good to be true. Am I going to be stumped by the small print? Will I be exploited by hidden expenses? There is no catch. Smoothsale are unlike any other property buyers. We want to give you cash for your home, it’s that simple.

Read our guide below to find out how selling your home for free can be a reality…

Can I sell my house for free without an estate agent?

Up until recently selling your home through a local estate agent was the norm. However, as technology has developed, online estate agents, alternative selling services, and hybrid agencies have gained popularity. The internet has given new companies a platform to offer homeowners a new hassle-free and fast house sale that is less expensive too. Below, we take a look at how high street agents and online estate agents compare to SmoothSale when it comes to selling fees.

How much do estate agents charge?

Typically, estate agents charge commission when they sell your home. This means they will take a percentage of the final sale value of your property. Most high street agents charge between 0.75% and 3% to sell your home.

Let’s put these figures into practice. If your home sold for £250,000 you could see a minimum of £1,875 go into your agent’s pocket. At the opposite end of the scale, 3% commission would increase this cost to £7,500. The table below highlights these rates against different final sale values:

Final Sale Value of Property 0.75% Estate Agent Commission 3% Estate Agent Commission
£200,000 £1,500 £6,000
£250,000 £1,875 £7,500
£300,000 £2,250 £9,000
£400,000 £3,000 £12,000
£500,000 £3,750 £15,000
£700,000 £5,250 £21,000

Whilst estate agents should receive payment for their services, those charging the higher percentages of commission are having a huge impact on the amount people are left with.

How much do online estate agents charge?

It is commonplace for online estate agents to charge a flat fee. This cost varies between different companies but often falls between £300 and £1,500. The fee will not change depending on how much your home sells for. Many estate agents even charge a fee whether they end up selling your house or not.

Issues can arise as most online estate agents require this fee upfront. If the homeowner if selling due to financial issues, repossession, divorce or another stressful life event then this may not be feasible. Furthermore, online estate agents cannot guarantee a sale and lack local market knowledge.

An alternative way to sell your home for free

With SmoothSale you can sell your home without paying a penny. We buy any house, in any condition, in any UK location. We are one of the UK’s leading cash house buyer companies. We buy your property ourselves using our own funds. You don’t need to worry about facilitating viewings, a sale falling through, or paying agent fees.

You can sell your home for free today with SmoothSale – we even cover your legal costs. Simply begin the process by securing a free online property valuation or call our friendly property experts on 0800 368 8952 or info@smoothsale.co.uk.

Can I sell my home for free myself?

Avoiding commission and fees set by traditional and online estate agents has some homeowners considering selling their homes themselves. This is sometimes known as a private sale or a DIY sale. There is no rule in place stating you have to use an estate agent. However, before pursuing this route to sale you will need to determine:

  • Do I have enough knowledge to sell my own house?
  • Do I have enough time to organise the sale?
  • Do I have the confidence to negotiate with interested parties?
  • Do I have enough marketing resources?
  • Do I need to sell my house fast?
  • Am I happy to conduct property viewings?

Even if you were to answer yes to all these questions it should be remembered that it won’t be free. Unlike with SmoothSale (we cover all associated selling costs) you will need to pay for a solicitor, an EPC certificate, and floor plan designs as a minimum. Furthermore, you may need to hire a photographer and a content writer if you don’t have the skills.

Whilst selling your home privately is achievable it is not a way to sell your house for free. If you want to sell your home without paying a penny, get a free property valuation from SmoothSale today.

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Sell your house for free FAQs

If you’re a homeowner and want to find out more about selling your home without paying a penny we have answered some common questions below. However, don’t forget we are always available on 0800 368 8952 or via info@smoothsale.co.uk should you want more information from our expert team.

Where can I sell my house online free?

SmoothSale can help you sell your house online without you parting with a penny. We are a cash house buyer, which means we buy your property from you using our own funds. This provides you with a guaranteed and fast house sale without the hassle of the open market. We cover all associated selling costs, including legal fees. Selling to SmoothSale is completely free.

Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Selling your home to SmoothSale is completely free. We won’t charge you a penny and we will even cover your legal fees.

Unlike traditional high street estate agents and online estate agents we don’t charge a fee for our cash house buyer service. If you choose to sell your home to us, we don’t charge you a penny, it’s completely free. Furthermore, we can guarantee a sale in a timeframe that suits you – in as little as 7 days if you need.

Absolutely! However, it is best to do so with SmoothSale. We are one of the UK’s leading cash house buyers, meaning homeowners are in the safest hands possible. What makes us unique is we don’t charge our customers a penny when selling their homes to us. Our process is completely safe and, if you have any queries, one of our friendly property experts would be happy to answer them. Call 0800 368 8952 or email info@smoothsale.co.uk.

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