How Much Does it Cost to Sell a House in New Hampshire? (2022 Updates!)

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Jamie Ayers

September 1st, 2022
Updated September 1st, 2022

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Average cost to sell a house in New Hampshire | Cost to sell calculator | Home selling expenses | Prep costs | Realtor fees | Closing costs | Moving expenses | Tips for saving $$$

Find out the average cost of selling a house in New Hampshire

Selling a house in New Hampshire can be expensive. Between repairs, realtor commissions, closing costs, moving fees, and more, your total expenses can easily eat up 11.21% or more of your home’s final sale price.

While you may not be able to avoid some costs completely, there is one way to save big when you sell in New Hampshire.

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Average cost to sell a house in New Hampshire

Your total out-of-pocket costs will vary based on your situation, but you should expect for around 11.21% of your home’s final sale price to go towards selling costs. If you sell your home for $438,246 — the median home value in New Hampshire — you'll likely spend $49,129.

Here's how much you can expect to pay at different price points based on the average cost to sell a house in New Hampshire.

Sale price
Cost to sell
$350,000
$39,237
$500,000
$56,052
$750,000
$84,078

Common expenses for home sellers in New Hampshire

The chart below breaks down some of the most common expenses for home sellers in New Hampshire.

Keep in mind these costs are highly variable — particularly the home prep and relocation expenses. Talk to your realtor for a more accurate and tailored estimate of your costs.

Common expenses
Estimated cost
$200 to $8,077
🏘️ Realtor fees
$18,363 to $26,514
$5,532 to $16,764
$503 to $4,317
Total
$24,598 to $55,672

While repairs, closings costs, and relocation expenses may be out of your control, you can still save money on realtor fees by either selling for sale by owner (FSBO) or hiring a discount real estate broker.

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How much will I make selling my New Hampshire house?

How much money you pocket after selling your house will depend on several factors, including:

  • How you choose to sell your home (realtor, cash buyer, for sale by owner, etc.)
  • Which repairs and improvements you do to prep your home for sale
  • Whether you make any concessions or offer incentives to buyers
  • State and local taxes and closing costs
  • Your remaining mortgage balance

If you don't have a mortgage, you'll get the entire sale price minus the costs of selling your home. That means you could take home $389,117 if you sell your home for $438,246 and pay 11.21% to sell it.

But you may owe money on the property or have other unique expenses that impact your overall cost to sell.

Cost of selling a house calculator

Use this cost of selling a house calculator to get a better idea of how much you'll have to spend to sell your home — and how much you'll take home after!

Home selling costs in New Hampshire: An in-depth breakdown

🚨 Disclaimer: We’ve compiled an overview of some of the most common home selling costs in New Hampshire. This guide is not 100% comprehensive, and actual costs will vary from situation to situation. Talk to your real estate agent and lender for the most accurate sense of how much it will cost to sell your home.

Preparing your home for sale: Varies

Unless you’re planning to sell your New Hampshire house as is or to a cash buyer, you’ll need to spend some money to get your home market-ready to attract qualified buyers.

At minimum, you’ll want to invest in some basic pre-listing improvements to maximize your home value. The table below breaks down some of the most common professional pre-listing expenses. And even if you decide to go the DIY route, remember to budget a few hundred dollars for supplies.

Home prep expense
Average project cost
Home staging
$772
Cleaning service
$131
Handyman
$72 per hour
Interior repaint
$1,678
Exterior repaint
$4,748
Photography
$175

» LEARN MORE: What home improvements to make before selling

Realtor fees in New Hampshire: 5.12%

Realtor fees in New Hampshire
% of sale price
Cost
Listing commission
2.66%
$11,657
Buyer’s agent commission
2.46%
$10,781
Total
5.12%
$22,438

Realtor fees are one of the biggest costs for selling a house in New Hampshire. In a standard real estate transaction — one involving two traditional, full-price agents — you will likely be on the hook for covering the full commission fee for both agents.

The average real estate commission in New Hampshire is between 4.19% and 6.05% of the home’s final selling price and is typically split between the two agents handling the sale.

Based on the median home value in New Hampshire, that comes to roughly $22,438.

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Closing costs: 3.26%

Common closing costs in New Hampshire
Estimated cost
Typical % of sale price
Title insurance (owner's policy)
Typically paid by buyer
N/A
Title insurance (lender's policy)
Typically paid by buyer
N/A
Title service fees
$1,131
0.26%
Transfer tax
$3,287
0.75%
Recording fees
$90
0.02%
Attorney fees (optional)
$308 per hour
N/A
Buyer incentives
$8,765
2%
Total
$14,297
3.26%

Closing costs are a blanket term for the various fees and expenses (not including realtor commission) paid at the close of a real estate transaction.

Expect to pay roughly 3.26% of your home’s final sale price at closing. Based on the average home value in New Hampshire of $438,246, that translates to $14,297.

Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to negotiate for the buyer to pay some of them. However, it's just as common for buyers to ask sellers to pay their closing costs to seal the deal.

» READ: How much are seller closing costs in New Hampshire?

Don't forget property taxes

At closing, you'll also pay prorated property taxes. The total amount will depend on when you sell your home and where you live in New Hampshire. The overall average rate for property taxes in New Hampshire is 2.13%, however it varies greatly across the state. For example, in Carroll, the property tax rate is 1.31%, but in Cheshire, it's 2.74%.

Moving expenses: ~1%

Depending on factors like the distance of your move, how much you want to DIY, and how much stuff you have, these expenses can really add up.

Moreover, don’t forget to account for potential overlap periods. If there’s a gap between when you move out of your current home and close on your new one, you may need to pay for a storage space and/or temporary housing. Or you may have to pay carrying costs (e.g., utilities, HOA fees, property taxes, etc.) on two properties at once.

Common relocation expenses
Cost
Movers
$136 per hour
Overlap and carrying costs
$72 per day

How to avoid losing money on your New Hampshire home sale

Whether you’re selling a single family home in Manchester, a duplex in Concord, or a waterfront cottage in Portsmouth, these tips will help you maximize your profits from your New Hampshire home sale!

1. List with a low commission real estate agent

Realtor commission fees are a huge expense for New Hampshire home sellers, often making up a large portion of your total selling costs. Thankfully, finding a way to save on commission is one of the best ways to make more money when you sell your home!

You can negotiate commission rates on your own, but the easiest option is to find a low commission real estate agent through an agent-matching company like Clever.

» LEARN MORE: Ways to save money when selling your house

2. Negotiate like a pro

Negotiating is a delicate balance between getting as much money as you can for your home and keeping the buyer happy and interested.

Buyers may request you pay for repairs, closing costs, or a home warranty. These fees can add up quickly and eat into your profits if you're not careful.

» READ: How to successfully sell your home

3. Time your sale to get top dollar for your New Hampshire home

The best period to sell a home in New Hampshire is from spring to the start of summer. Those looking to make top dollar should sell in June, when listing prices are about 10% higher than the annual average. Meanwhile, for a quick sale try selling in April, when listings close about twice as fast as in other months.

The biggest reason for this trend is the pent-up demand from winter, as the cold deters a lot of buyers from going out to house hunt. When spring comes, buyers are finally out, causing the market to become active. Most families are looking for a house to settle into before the new school year starts again, which is why June is a great month for selling for top dollar.

If you plan on selling during this period, start renovations early and market aggressively as soon as the cold dissipates. To make your listing stand out, highlight nearby school districts, as this is what many buyers are looking for when choosing a home.

Take note, however, that each local market’s trends may vary from the state’s, so consider consulting with a local realtor. Besides making the selling process easier, they know your market intimately and can provide valuable input to help you get the best profit.

» MORE: When is the best time to sell a house in New Hampshire?

Methodology

Our data on the costs to sell a home are compiled from the following sources:

  • Home values (Zillow, August 31, 2022)
  • Average real estate commissions (Clever Real Estate, survey of 630 agents)
  • Service costs like attorney fees, photography, movers, title insurance, etc. were compiled from over 8,500 professional service quotes
  • Tax rates are based on publicly available information

FAQs about costs to sell in New Hampshire

You should expect to pay about 3.26% of your home's final sale price in closing costs, plus 5.12% in realtor fees when you sell a house in New Hampshire. However, your actual closing costs will vary depending on your situation and working with a local realtor can help you better estimate your costs.

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