Managing Your Listing -

Managing Your Listing

How do I cancel my listing?  

To cancel your ad:

  1. Click here to login
  2. Click Cancel Listing
  3. You will be prompted to answer a short survey before canceling your listing
  4. After you have completed the short survey, click Cancel My Ad
  5. You will receive on-screen cancellation confirmation and your ad will be deactivated immediately

Please Note: If you did not receive on-screen cancellation confirmation, your ad has not been cancelled.

Why does my listing have an expiration date? I paid for an Until Sold listing.  

At ForSaleByOwner.com we make every effort to ensure that our database of properties is as up to date as possible. Our buyers expect our home listings to be accurate and fresh. For this reason, all listings have an expiration date which can be extended simply by logging in to your Selling Center and clicking Extend Listing.

If your listing reaches the expiration date, we will send out a courtesy e-mail to ask if your property is still for sale. If we don’t get an e-mail back from you then your listing will be deactivated until you request to have it reactivated.

To reactivate your listing, simply login to your Selling Center and click Activate. If you are unable to login and activate your listing please contact Customer Support. If your listing has been deactivated for more than 6 months, please allow 7 days to retrieve your information and reactivate your listing. We’re sorry, listings that are left inactive for more than 12 months are purged from our system and cannot be reactivated.

How do I edit my ad? How often can I edit my ad?  

You can edit your ad whenever you would like and as often as you would like. To edit your ad follow the steps below.

Editing your ad:

  1. Click here to Login to your Selling Center. Or, click Login at the top right hand corner of any page. 
  2. Click Edit Listing.
  3. Make changes to your listing.
  4. After you have made your changes, click Preview Ad to see a sample of your listing or click Save Changes to save your listing. Do not click your browser’s back button or you may lose your changes.
  5. After you click Save Changes, you will receive on-screen confirmation that your changes have been saved.

Please Contact Support if you need assistance editing your ad.

Can I deactivate my ad and then activate again later?  

Yes, you may. We keep your information in our database for up to 12 months. If you wish to deactivate your ad, you will need to contact Customer Support.

When you are ready to reactivate your listing, simply login to your Selling Center and click Activate. If you are unable to login and activate your listing please contact Customer Support. If your listing has been deactivated for more than 6 months, please allow 7 days to retrieve your information and reactivate your listing. We’re sorry, listings that are left inactive for more than 12 months are removed from our system and cannot be reactivated.

How do I reply to an e-mail from a potential buyer?  

You can reply to an e-mail through your personal e-mail account, by using the reply function in your e-mail program or by typing the e-mail address of the sender directly into the recipient line of a new mail message. We do not currently have a feature to reply to mail from your Selling Center. Remember, your e-mail address remains hidden from inquiring potential buyers until you respond through your personal mail account.

Can I upgrade my Standard Plan to Deluxe?  

Being resourceful and frugal doesn't just apply to interior design. When staging a home to sell, be careful about spending money. Many people spend their money in all the wrong places, when consulting with a good Home Stager on those decisions first could actually save them money. Discover where you can save when staging your home to sell with these guidelines. Don't paint the trim. Even if you need to paint the walls in a few rooms, there's usually no need to paint the trim when staging your home. Having your trim painted requires more time, effort and money (if you hire it out) than painting your walls. You'll get more bang for your buck if you paint the walls and skip the trim. Read More: Staging vs Decorating: What's the Difference


Don't refinish the floor. If you have hardwood and it isn't in perfect shape, don't spend your money having the floors refinished. Home buyers love hardwood, and it's always seen as an upgrade even if it's imperfect. Sometimes a good cleaning and some touch-ups with wood stain are all you need to revive your floor. If your floor really needs more than that, consider a low-cost alternative to refinishing: Apply a fresh topcoat of nonyellowing polyurethane, found in the flooring section of a home improvement store. Be sure to very lightly sand the floors with a pole sander and fine-grit sandpaper. No heavy sanding is necessary here. You are just looking to knock down the gloss so that the new coat of poly will stick. I've done this myself with 60-year-old hardwoods and couldn't believe how great the result was. Don't buy new furniture. In bedrooms, all you need is a nicely dressed bed, a side table and a lamp. If your decor is dated or tired, you may want to purchase new bedding, a few updated lamps and fresh throw pillows — but make sure they are things you'd like to take with you to your new home. Read More: Find Living Room Decorating Ideas on Houzz Don't replace appliances in good condition. If your white or black kitchen appliances are newish and in good condition, don't worry about replacing them with trendy stainless steel versions. If your appliances are worn or old, however, that's another story. Don't automatically buy new lights. Do you have hanging light fixtures that look dated? Rather than replacing them, consider painting them black. It'll be an instant update for very little cash. Don't replace all your brass. Shiny brass can make a home look dated, but often there are so many doorknobs, fixtures and hinges that replacing them all is cost prohibitive. Antiqued or satin-finish brass is beginning to trend and looks more expensive than the brushed nickel many people use to update their brass. You can inexpensively purchase a product to "age" or slightly debrass your hardware. If you don't have time to get to all of it, just focus on the bathroom fixtures. Guess what? It's totally design forward to mix metals in your finishes if you mix the right ones. Designer's tip: If you can afford to update some but not all of your dated light fixtures, faucets and cabinet pulls, know that:
  • Brushed nickel and chrome look great paired with iron and black finishes.
  • Gold and brass look great paired with an oil-rubbed-bronze finish.
Mix away! Don't repaint or neutralize your children's rooms. Most people expect themed kids' rooms. They aren't overwhelmed with the idea of repainting a small child's room to meet their specific needs or taste. This is not an area that will make or break a sale, so don't bother redoing it. Tell us: Any other ideas for saving money when staging a home to sell? Read More: Make a Change With a New Kitchen Faucet Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, find products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

How do I cancel my Featured Home listing?  

To cancel your Featured Home listing:

  1. Click here to login
  2. Click Cancel below the notification for the feature that you have
  3. You will be prompted to click Confirm Cancellation
  4. You will then receive on-screen cancellation confirmation.

Please Note: If you did not receive on-screen cancellation confirmation, the feature has not been cancelled.

What upgrades do you offer to give my ad more exposure? How do I upgrade?  

You can purchase any feature available on our site, individually. Available features include MLS*, distribution to our affiliate sites, unlimited photos, Featured Home, and Video Tour.

If you currently have a listing with ForSaleByOwner.com and you would like to purchase additional features go to the Features and Upgrades page of your Selling Center for more information and to purchase. Or contact Customer Support for assistance.

*MLS is not available in all areas

How do I find my listing on your affiliate websites?  

Being resourceful and frugal doesn't just apply to interior design. When staging a home to sell, be careful about spending money. Many people spend their money in all the wrong places, when consulting with a good Home Stager on those decisions first could actually save them money. Discover where you can save when staging your home to sell with these guidelines. Don't paint the trim. Even if you need to paint the walls in a few rooms, there's usually no need to paint the trim when staging your home. Having your trim painted requires more time, effort and money (if you hire it out) than painting your walls. You'll get more bang for your buck if you paint the walls and skip the trim. Read More: Staging vs Decorating: What's the Difference


Don't refinish the floor. If you have hardwood and it isn't in perfect shape, don't spend your money having the floors refinished. Home buyers love hardwood, and it's always seen as an upgrade even if it's imperfect. Sometimes a good cleaning and some touch-ups with wood stain are all you need to revive your floor. If your floor really needs more than that, consider a low-cost alternative to refinishing: Apply a fresh topcoat of nonyellowing polyurethane, found in the flooring section of a home improvement store. Be sure to very lightly sand the floors with a pole sander and fine-grit sandpaper. No heavy sanding is necessary here. You are just looking to knock down the gloss so that the new coat of poly will stick. I've done this myself with 60-year-old hardwoods and couldn't believe how great the result was. Don't buy new furniture. In bedrooms, all you need is a nicely dressed bed, a side table and a lamp. If your decor is dated or tired, you may want to purchase new bedding, a few updated lamps and fresh throw pillows — but make sure they are things you'd like to take with you to your new home. Read More: Find Living Room Decorating Ideas on Houzz Don't replace appliances in good condition. If your white or black kitchen appliances are newish and in good condition, don't worry about replacing them with trendy stainless steel versions. If your appliances are worn or old, however, that's another story. Don't automatically buy new lights. Do you have hanging light fixtures that look dated? Rather than replacing them, consider painting them black. It'll be an instant update for very little cash. Don't replace all your brass. Shiny brass can make a home look dated, but often there are so many doorknobs, fixtures and hinges that replacing them all is cost prohibitive. Antiqued or satin-finish brass is beginning to trend and looks more expensive than the brushed nickel many people use to update their brass. You can inexpensively purchase a product to "age" or slightly debrass your hardware. If you don't have time to get to all of it, just focus on the bathroom fixtures. Guess what? It's totally design forward to mix metals in your finishes if you mix the right ones. Designer's tip: If you can afford to update some but not all of your dated light fixtures, faucets and cabinet pulls, know that:
  • Brushed nickel and chrome look great paired with iron and black finishes.
  • Gold and brass look great paired with an oil-rubbed-bronze finish.
Mix away! Don't repaint or neutralize your children's rooms. Most people expect themed kids' rooms. They aren't overwhelmed with the idea of repainting a small child's room to meet their specific needs or taste. This is not an area that will make or break a sale, so don't bother redoing it. Tell us: Any other ideas for saving money when staging a home to sell? Read More: Make a Change With a New Kitchen Faucet Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, find products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

How do I update my ad on your affiliate websites?  

Changes made to your listing will be automatically reflected on our affiliate websites. Please allow up to 24 hours for your changes to be reflected on our affiliate sites.

What is the difference between the Homepage Featured Home and the Local Featured Home?  

The Homepage Featured Home is located on the homepage of ForSaleByOwner.com, with many properties from across the country. The Local Featured Home is located at the top of the search results page and includes properties that are similar to the search criteria entered. In either case, each featured property is rotated in the Featured Home spot with the other featured properties. The Featured Home changes every time the page is revisited or refreshed.

Syndication to Zillow and Trulia  

Being resourceful and frugal doesn't just apply to interior design. When staging a home to sell, be careful about spending money. Many people spend their money in all the wrong places, when consulting with a good Home Stager on those decisions first could actually save them money. Discover where you can save when staging your home to sell with these guidelines. Don't paint the trim. Even if you need to paint the walls in a few rooms, there's usually no need to paint the trim when staging your home. Having your trim painted requires more time, effort and money (if you hire it out) than painting your walls. You'll get more bang for your buck if you paint the walls and skip the trim. Read More: Staging vs Decorating: What's the Difference


Don't refinish the floor. If you have hardwood and it isn't in perfect shape, don't spend your money having the floors refinished. Home buyers love hardwood, and it's always seen as an upgrade even if it's imperfect. Sometimes a good cleaning and some touch-ups with wood stain are all you need to revive your floor. If your floor really needs more than that, consider a low-cost alternative to refinishing: Apply a fresh topcoat of nonyellowing polyurethane, found in the flooring section of a home improvement store. Be sure to very lightly sand the floors with a pole sander and fine-grit sandpaper. No heavy sanding is necessary here. You are just looking to knock down the gloss so that the new coat of poly will stick. I've done this myself with 60-year-old hardwoods and couldn't believe how great the result was. Don't buy new furniture. In bedrooms, all you need is a nicely dressed bed, a side table and a lamp. If your decor is dated or tired, you may want to purchase new bedding, a few updated lamps and fresh throw pillows — but make sure they are things you'd like to take with you to your new home. Read More: Find Living Room Decorating Ideas on Houzz Don't replace appliances in good condition. If your white or black kitchen appliances are newish and in good condition, don't worry about replacing them with trendy stainless steel versions. If your appliances are worn or old, however, that's another story. Don't automatically buy new lights. Do you have hanging light fixtures that look dated? Rather than replacing them, consider painting them black. It'll be an instant update for very little cash. Don't replace all your brass. Shiny brass can make a home look dated, but often there are so many doorknobs, fixtures and hinges that replacing them all is cost prohibitive. Antiqued or satin-finish brass is beginning to trend and looks more expensive than the brushed nickel many people use to update their brass. You can inexpensively purchase a product to "age" or slightly debrass your hardware. If you don't have time to get to all of it, just focus on the bathroom fixtures. Guess what? It's totally design forward to mix metals in your finishes if you mix the right ones. Designer's tip: If you can afford to update some but not all of your dated light fixtures, faucets and cabinet pulls, know that:
  • Brushed nickel and chrome look great paired with iron and black finishes.
  • Gold and brass look great paired with an oil-rubbed-bronze finish.
Mix away! Don't repaint or neutralize your children's rooms. Most people expect themed kids' rooms. They aren't overwhelmed with the idea of repainting a small child's room to meet their specific needs or taste. This is not an area that will make or break a sale, so don't bother redoing it. Tell us: Any other ideas for saving money when staging a home to sell? Read More: Make a Change With a New Kitchen Faucet Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, find products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.












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