How to Put a House for Sale on Craigslist

Listing a house for sale on Craigslist is free in most markets.

Homeowners who sell their own homes frequently save thousands of dollars in real estate agent commission fees. However, the prospect of selling one's own home is often a daunting one. Fortunately for those who choose to sell their own homes, the Internet has opened up a new world of selling possibilities. Not only are there innumerable potential buyers to be reached, but free classified ad websites--such as Craigslist--allow you to reach those buyers without any out-of-pocket expense.

Step 1

Visit the Craigslist Website. (See Resources.) Select the city that best describes where you live.

Step 2

Click on "Real Estate for Sale" under the "Housing" category at the top of the middle column.

Step 3

Click on "Post" in the upper, right-hand corner of the screen, then click on "I am offering housing" at the bottom of the screen that follows.

Step 4

Select "real estate – by owner" under the list of categories offered for posting available housing.

Step 5

Fill in your home's advertisement. Start with your asking price, the number of bedrooms in your home, an eye-catching title for your ad that will attract prospective buyers' attention, and the specific town or neighborhood your home is located in.

Step 6

List your contact email address, and select whether you'd like your email address to be visible, hidden or anonymous. Follow that with your ad's text, describing your home's features and including any special amenities that your home has to offer.

Step 7

Add any pictures of your home that you'd like your ad to include, by clicking on the "Add/Edit Images" button underneath your ad's text. You may attach up to four pictures to your ad by browsing your computer hard drive's and selecting the pictures you'd like to attach to the ad.

Step 8

Complete your ad by listing your street and the nearest cross-street to your home. Click the "Continue" button.

Step 9

Proofread your ad for typographical or other errors. If the ad and pictures you've selected appear correctly, click on the "Continue" button at the bottom of the screen. If the information is not correct, click on the "Edit" button to make the necessary changes.

Step 10

Accept the "Terms of Use" that are displayed on the next screen by clicking on the "ACCEPT the terms of use" button at the bottom of the screen.

Step 11

Provide your telephone number for Craiglist's automated account verification system, and select whether you'd like to receive your verification code by voice or text. Click on the "send the code!" button to receive the verification code for your ad.

Step 12

Enter the verification code you receive via your telephone into the space indicated on the following screen and click on "submit verification code," to complete the ad posting process.


While Craigslist does not permit the posting of identical ads in different areas or cities, you can post your ad under another city by editing the text and title of the ad to make the ad unique.


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