What Listing Your House Is Really Costing You In Kansas City

You might think that listing your house is the only option when you decide it’s time to sell. However, more and more people are opting for a direct sale instead of hiring an agent. You have options when selling your Kansas City house. Find out what listing your house is really costing you when selling in Kansas City!


To be blunt, not every house does well on the MLS. Some properties will require major expenditures and dedicated time and effort in order to sell. Some studies have shown, that is costs over $15,000 to sell your house with an agent! Before you choose to hire a Kansas City agent, make sure you understand what it is really costing you to sell your house.


Agent commissions are typically around 6% of the final sale price. Sometimes this fee is worth it, but remember, this amount will be taken from your final sale price at the closing table. Just like that, you’ll be down a few thousand dollars.

When we list a house to sell, we always have agent commissions to pay.

Administrative Costs

Many times, you will be faced with administrative costs such as reimbursements for things like flyers, listing fees, and open house catering. Every agent is different. Before you sign a listing agreement, make sure you are aware of all it covers. Agents should hold up to their end of the deal as well.

Here in KC, many agents do absorb these costs, but well over half have an administrative fee to pay the person who handles all the paperwork.


It’s typically recommended that you have your [market_ city] house professionally cleaned before putting it on the market. If you are not replacing the carpets, you will want those professionally cleaned as well. You will need to keep up with the cleaning while the home is listed. There are often last minute showings and people looking to drop in to see the house.

When we buy a house, we often pay between $1000 and $1500 to have a home cleaned out, you could hold a garage sale and cart stuff off yourself.  Then we pay a professional cleaning person to scrub it up and that costs $300 a day and the average $2000 square foot house takes about 2 days.

Staging & Storage

Hopefully, many people will be coming to see the house. Usually, this can be arranged with your agent to occur when you are at work or away from the home during the day. With so many people in and out of the house, many sellers will opt to get a head start on packing by boxing up their personal items and putting them in storage until the house sells. By keeping only your necessities at the house, it won’t ever appear messy or cluttered. You can also opt to have a professional come in and stage the house.

If they use your stuff it could cost about $100 an hour.  If your stuff is old and dated it might make sense to go buy new or to move your stuff in storage or some of your stuff and have the stager bring in their picese and that rental cost can be around $3,000.

Repairs And Upgrades

Depending on the condition of the house, these expenses could be small or end up setting you back thousands. As any homeowner knows, sometimes when you find one thing that needs repairing, it can lead to 10 more. And once your potential buyer has they home inspection done, they will likely want to negotiate repairs with you as well. You are under no obligation to make all of the repairs, however, if you want to sell the house, you might want to consider some negotiation.

If your house is way out of date compared to other properties on the market, you will want to refresh some things to make it current. You can have a big impact with small improvements such as new flooring, painting, and fixtures. As with the repairs, these costs can snowball too. There might be a few trips to home depot in your future!

Spend some time on the front door and front porch making sure everything works and is clean and inviting, next spend money on the kitchen and bathrooms.  When we buy a house, the average house that is perfect usually costs us about $10,000  for minor updates.  A very dated house costs about $30,000 in repairs and then if we need to replace major items like the roof, furnace, air conditioner, hot water heater or windows it can climb fast.


Before listing, you might consider reseeding the lawn, planting some flowers along the driveway, or having your trees professionally trimmed. All of this adds to the curb appeal and overall appearance of the house. You’ll need to keep up with it while it is listed by regularly mowing, weeding and sweeping. Depending on your neighborhood and available time, you might hire a professional landscaping company to keep things in order each while the house is on the market.

Now if you have a lot of dead trees or trees that are just waiting to fall on the house, plan to spend on around $1,000 a tree.  Hopefully, you can take care of the rest.

Monthly Responsibilities

Like it or not, every day that you continue owning the property, it is costing you money. This is why flippers aim to sell as quickly as possible, they don’t want to hold on to the property longer than you have to. You will have to pay monthly utilities, taxes, insurance, likely a mortgage and costs for monthly maintenance. When you think of all the little things your house needs over time, the bills can add up pretty quick.

As you can see, the costs to sell a Kansas City house using an agent can add up quickly. Some properties will cost more than other to prepare for the MLS. In order to save time and money, you can choose to sell your Kansas City house to kcmoHomeBuyer. We will not require any repairs nor charge you any commissions. Before you call an agent, find out what we can do for you!

We recently ran across an article on market watch that outlines the costs that the average person has on owning and maintaining a house as well as the cost to sell.  And they figure in the Kansas City Market that there is about $9,000 in hidden costs of owning a home,  There are basic maintenance items that most homeowners never think about, that covers the costs over time to fix the things as they wear out that comes to almost $3,000 a year if you average it out, but can be $5,000 to $20,000 at the time.  They also figure it costs about $6,000 in taxes, insurance, and utilities every year.

Are you ready to sell a house in Kansas City? We can help! Send us a message or give us a call today! (816) 408-3600

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