How Much Does it Cost to Sell a House in Rhode Island? (2021 Updates!)

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Jamie Ayers

August 11th, 2021
Updated August 11th, 2021

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Average cost to sell a house in Rhode Island | 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 Rhode Island

Selling a house in Rhode Island can be expensive. Between repairs, realtor commissions, closing costs, moving fees, and more, your total expenses can easily eat up 10.1% or more of your home’s final sale price.

While you may not be able to avoid many home selling costs, there is one way to save big when you sell in Rhode Island.

A low commission company like Clever can help you save big on realtor fees. With Clever, you'll work with a full-service agent from a top broker, but pay only 1% or $3,000 to list your home. That could save you $5,872 when you sell your Rhode Island home!

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Average cost to sell a house in Rhode Island

How much does it cost to sell a house in Rhode Island? Well, it depends! While your total out-of-pocket costs will vary based on your situation, you should expect for 10.1% or more of your home’s final sale price to go towards selling costs. If you sell your home for $372,802 — the median home value in Rhode Island — you'll likely spend $37,503.

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

Sale price
Cost to sell
$150,000
$15,100
$300,000
$30,200
$500,000
$50,300

Common expenses for home sellers in Rhode Island

The chart below breaks down some of the most common expenses for home sellers in Rhode Island to help you prepare for the most (and least) costly aspects of selling your home.

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 versus final sale price.

Common expenses
Estimated cost*
$3,800 to $11,200
$18,600 to $19,800
$4,000 to $11,800
$2,200 to $3,600
$5,500 to $9,100
Total
$30,300 to $44,300
*Based on a $372,802 home — a typical home value in Rhode Island, (Zillow Research data, May 2021)

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.

But your best option is to work with a company that negotiates lower commissions with full service, local agents on your behalf. That way you can save money while getting the same level of service as someone who pays full price!

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How much will I make selling my Rhode Island house?

How much money you keep in your 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 $275,000 if you sell your home for $372,802 and pay 10.1% to sell it.

But you may owe money on the property — the average Rhode Island homeowner still owes $189,946! If you do, your remaining mortgage balance will come out of your proceeds, cutting into the amount that will finally land in your bank account. In some cases, you may even lose money when you sell your home. If you’re in this situation, look for ways to reduce closing costs as much as possible.

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 Rhode Island: an in-depth breakdown

🚨 Disclaimer: We’ve compiled an overview of some of the most common home selling costs in Rhode Island. 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: 2.0%

Unless you’re planning to sell your Rhode Island 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.

These costs will vary considerably depending on:

  • The age and condition of your home
  • Your home’s size and layout
  • The level of demand or competition for homes in your neighborhood
  • Your yard’s size and layout
  • Which repairs or improvements have the highest return with local buyers

At minimum, you’ll want to invest in some basic pre-listing improvements. The table below breaks down some of the most common pre-listing expenses.

Type of expense
Average project cost*
Home staging
$1,463
Cleaning service
$168
Carpet cleaning
$177
Handyman
$393
Interior repaint
$1,897
Landscaping (installing)
$3,393
*National averages from HomeAdvisor’s TrueCost Guide 2020

If you’re considering any bigger projects, it’s best to discuss them with your realtor before pulling the trigger. Unless you fully understand the cost versus resale value of each project you take on, you could easily end up losing money on the project.

For example, a minor kitchen remodel costs $27,028 on average in Rhode Island. With a resale value of $19,003, you'd recoup about 70.3% of your initial investment.

Depending on your situation, it may make more sense to leave your kitchen as it is and let the buyer handle the renovations.

Realtor fees in Rhode Island: 5.15%

Realtor fees in Rhode Island
% of sale price
Cost*
Listing fee
2.58%
$9,600
Buyer’s agent fee
2.58%
$9,600
Total
5.15%
$19,199
*Based on a $372,802 home — a typical home value in Rhode Island, (Zillow Research data, May 2021)

One of the biggest fees for selling a house in Rhode Island will be realtor commission. 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 Rhode Island is between 5.00% and 5.30% 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 Rhode Island, that comes to roughly $19,199 — potentially more than half of your total home selling expenses!

But you don't have to pay that much. Clever negotiates discounts with top listing agents that can save you thousands of dollars when you sell your home!

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Negotiations and buyer incentives: 1-3%

Common buyer incentives
Estimated cost*
Seller concessions
$3,730 to $11,180
Buyer’s home warranty
$600 to $300
Total
$4,030 to $11,780
*Based on a $372,802 home — a typical home value in Rhode Island, (Zillow Research data, May 2021)

Depending on your Rhode Island property and demand in your area, the buyer may ask you to offer incentives or make concessions to ensure the deal goes through.

If you agree to these concessions, you'll pay those costs for the buyer, such as covering inspection fees, certain closing costs, repair credits, etc.

Another incentive you could offer is a buyer’s home warranty.

A home warranty can take away a lot of the fears buyers have about major systems breaking right after they move in. It will usually cover repair or replacement costs if a major appliance or home system (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.) breaks within the first few years. Home warranties typically cost between $300 and $600.

No matter what incentives you offer to hook potential buyers, it’s worth noting that some buyers will have limits on how much they can request based on their loan type. On average, seller concessions range between 1% and 3%, but some loan types allow for up to 9%.

Closing costs: 0.8%

Common closing costs in Rhode Island
Typical % of sale price
Estimated cost*
Title insurance
Typically paid by buyer
$0
Conveyance tax
0.40%
$1,491
Recording fee
<1%
$75
Title fees
0.4%
$1,342
Total
0.8%
$2,908
*Based on a $372,802 home — average home value in Rhode Island, per Zillow Research data (May 2021)

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

Expect to pay roughly 0.8% of your home’s final sale price at closing. Based on the average home value in Rhode Island of $372,802, that translates to $2,908.

Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to negotiate for the buyer to pay them. However, it's just as common for buyers to ask sellers to pay their closing costs to seal the deal. Find a realtor in your area to get a sense of how much you should expect to pay in closing costs.

» READ: How much are seller closing costs in Rhode Island?

Moving expenses: 1–2%

If you're looking for the cost of selling a house in Rhode Island, don't forget to include your moving costs! The table below estimates your moving costs for a 2-3 bedroom home — both locally and long-distance (1,000 miles or more).

Common moving expenses
Local
Long-distance
Packing supplies
$500
$500
Moving
$1,250
$4,890
Overlap and carrying costs
1% of sale price
1% of sale price
Total
$5,478**
$9,118**
*Based on 2-3 bedroom move of approximately 7,500 lbs, per Moving.com
**Based on Rhode Island's median home value of $372,802

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.

How to avoid losing money on your Rhode Island home sale

Whether you’re selling a vacation home in Warwick, a cabin in Narragansett, or a loft in downtown Providence, these tips will help you maximize profits from your Rhode Island home sale!

1. List with a low commission real estate agent

Realtor commission fees are a huge expense for Rhode Island 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.

Clever matches you with local full-service agents from well-known brokerages like RE/MAX, Keller Williams, and Century 21. But, instead of paying the typical 2.58% listing fee, you'll only pay 1% or $3,000 (for homes under $350,000)! On average, sellers save over $5,872 on realtor fees!

With Clever, you can also compare multiple Rhode Island agents to find the one that best fits your needs. Even better, finding an agent through Clever won't cost you a dime and there's no obligation to move forward until you find the perfect agent.

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2. Time your sale to get top dollar for your Rhode Island home

In the Rhode Island market, homes sell over two weeks faster than average in June, making it the best month if you’re after a quick sale. On the other hand, Rhode Island sale prices peak in February at just over 8% higher than the annual average.

Winter is the slowest time of year for the Rhode Island real estate market, with January sales taking nearly two months to cross the finish line, and December sale prices hitting a low point for the year. That’s likely due to the rough Rhode Island winters — after all, it’s tough to trek through snow or brave icy roads to attend open houses.

But that pent-up demand hits the market at the tail end of winter, as Rhode Island buyers try to get a jump on the spring rush. Prices spike in February, and the market heats up until June, when transactions hit a brisk pace. June is also the month targeted by many families who are eager to get into a new home while schools are out for the summer. If you’re selling in that early summer window, make sure you’re appealing to these buyers by highlighting things like school quality, green space, and neighborhood safety.

Still, you can have a successful sale no matter when you sell in Rhode Island.

Your best bet is to work with a great Rhode Island real estate agent who knows your local area trends. They can create a pricing and marketing strategy to increase competition among buyers so you maximize your profits.

» MORE: How long does it take to sell a house in Rhode Island?

3. 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, a home warranty, and the title search, among other things. These fees can add up quickly and eat into your profits.

The right negotiation techniques can help you minimize the costs you’re responsible for and make your home sale as profitable as possible. Using a top-rated real estate agent can be an invaluable resource when it comes to negotiating, as they'll do most of the back-and-forth for you.

Other cost-saving options in Rhode Island

Additional resources for Rhode Island home sellers

FAQs about costs to sell in Rhode Island

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