When the word “free” gets thrown around there’s always a natural cause for concern; we either expect to get shafted by the small-print which stipulates that we just donated a kidney, or we expect the wheels to fall off after driving 2 miles down the road from leaving the court yard.
So is it REALLY possible to sell your property for free, and if it is, is it even worth doing? Here’s my guide…
So, the million dollar question…
Is it possible to list and sell your property online for free, with no strings attached? Absolutely.
Intro to selling property online for free
The good news: no longer do we need to rely on our local estate agents and their extortionate fees to sell our home. We can do it just nicely in the comfort of our own home by clicking a few buttons and completing a few online forms.
Welcome to the digital world!
Selling property online for a lot less is officially the fastest growing means of selling property, and it’s a beautiful thing.
With in a couple of minutes we can create a property listing on one out of the many online estate agents – some of which are free, some of which aren’t – and have our property details distributed across the UK’s biggest property portals, including Rightmove & Zoopla, for millions of punters to drool over.
Step 1) Free Property Valuation
Before even starting the process of selling your home, you’ll want to get a [free] property valuation.
If you already have a figure in mind, which you consider to be reasonably accurate and in line with your lofty expectations, then you may want to bypass this section and move onto Step 2 (listing your property for sale). However, if you need a property valuation, fortunately there are various ways to get one [or more] for free, no obligations.
Below is a list of online agents that will visit your home to valuate your property! All you need to do is book an appointment online via their booking form. It’s easy.
You do NOT need to pay anything in order to get your free valuation with the agents listed below! Whether you decide to use their services thereon after is completely your call! “Price to market” is the cost for using the agent’s services to sell your house after the valuation, if you choose to, that is…
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8.3 / 10
9.4 / 10
*Selling fee of £1,399 in a few specific London postcodes.
Alternatively, you can use a couple of online property valuations tools to get an instant valuation. However, they’re notoriously not as reliable, although they may give you a ballpark figure to work with.
Once you’ve got a valuation, it’s time to get it listed onto a property portal, so you can start generating enquiries from prospective buyers…
Step 2) List your property for sale… for free
Word of warning, you’re going to struggle to find many ways of getting a free property listing anywhere useful. Operative word being useful, as I’m sure you’ll find a bunch of utterly useless online solutions offering you the world.
Ignore them. They’re a waste of time!
99% of the free solutions are either total junk (i.e. they’ll generate you no leads at all because no one actually visits their website), or you’ll get shafted by an ‘admin fee’ AFTER sale, so technically not free at all (i.e. it’s just a marketing ploy to sucker you in). I’ve also seen a few online agents rank in Google for “free property services” for their “no sale. no fee” packages, which isn’t really free AT ALL! Again, another grease-ball marketing ploy.
Long story short – in my opinion – there’s actually only one website that will truly list your property for free on a platform that’s arguably ‘worth using’, and that’s The House Shop…
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Technically, The House Shop is NOT an ‘online estate agent’, they’re a portal that will list your property for sale on their own website, just like Rightmove and Zoopla. They’re not as popular as Rightmove or Zoppla and that’s why I personally wouldn’t market my house on their website exclusively (more on this shortly). However, they’re genuinely worth a shot!!
Should you use a free solution to sell your property?
Didn’t ya’ hear me, it’s FREE, you have nothing to lose!
YES, use the damn free solution!
However, I wouldn’t rely exclusively on the free solution – The House Shop – because while they’re growing in popularity by the day, and definitely able to generate leads, they’re by NO means as popular as Rightmove & Zoopla, which is where you’d ideally want your property listed to gain maximum exposure.
The amount of traffic and potential buyers Rightmove & Zoopla attract to their websites is insane!! The reality is, the odds of generating a sale dramatically increase if your property is listed on either of those monsters.
To be completely honest, getting listed on Rightmove is the key to selling privately, and being listed anywhere else is just a bonus, and not a necessity.
So for the ultimate marketing solution, perhaps you’d be wise to use The House Shop along side an online agent (that markets on Rightmove & Zoopla)…
“Almost” Free solutions that will get your property listed on Rightmove & Zoopla
If you’re currently looking into how you can get a free property listing, then the odds are you’re not looking to spend any money! No judgement here.
However, I’m not entirely sure how realistic that is if you want an efficient sale, and actually, I think most people realise that. Bear in mind, we’re talking about flogging what is most likely our most valuable asset, and not a pack of peanuts!
I think the reality is, most people are willing to pay, but they’re simply trying to avoid extortionate high-street agents, which on average costs a heart-stopping £4,000. If that’s the case, I may have a happy-medium solution that will tick all your boxes.
Whether you realise it or not, you can get your property on Rightmove & Zoopla for as little as £94 INC VAT via an online estate agent. While £94 is NOT free, it sure as hell nearly is free when compared to high-street agents price-tags.
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9.9 / 10
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Price £94Inc VAT|
Normal price: £99
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9.5 / 10
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Honestly, £94 is not a lot to market a property on Rightmove. As far as I’m concerned, that’s as good as FREE.
What about PurpleBricks, Yopa & eMoov?
What about them?
Yup, it’s true, they are also online estate agents, and they’re probably the names that come to mind when you think of “online agents”
You might even be avoiding them – and online agents in general – because you’ve astutely identified that their price tags aren’t even close to ‘free’. All three currently have a starting price north of £800.
But please, don’t let their prices sway you from using the cheaper online agents if you’re looking to spend less on a solution to sell your home.
PurpleBricks, Yopa & eMoov are the most expensive of their kind, and that’s due to the fact their the most well-known thanks to their colossal marketing budgets. Sadly, many aren’t even of the other significantly cheaper and sufficient solutions.
My point is, if you’ve side-stepped the possibility of using an online estate agent because you’ve based your expectations on the price-tags set by the big three, my suggestion is to look into the much cheaper alternatives (like the two I listed above).
Like I said, you could use an online agent, like PurpleBricks, Yopa & eMoov, for as little as £94 to sell your home. That’s almost free.
If you’re absolutely adament on trying to list and sell your property for free and aren’t in any immediate rush to get a sale, I’d give The House Shop a spin.
However, if you want to massively increase your chances of generating more enquiries and achieving a quicker sale, and you’re willing to spend a hundred odd quid on marketing, then I’d definitely use an online estate agent (< - click there for the full guide on online agents) to get your property for sale listed on Rightmove.