How long does it take to sell my home?


for sale sign at home ready for showingUnfortunately, there are no solid answers to this common question. The national average is approximately 65-70 days, but the true answer depends on many factors: location, season, real estate market, salability. While you can’t change many of those factors, there are steps you can take to make that sale sooner.

Curb appeal, curb appeal, curb appeal.

When you put your home on the market, you need to start thinking like a buyer. As a buyer, first impressions go a long way—and they start before they even walk in the door. Make sure your driveway and sidewalk are clean, and your lawn and flower beds are well-kept (a full curb appeal checklist can be found here).

Give your home a deep clean.

Spiders, dirty tubs, greasy stoves, yucky toilets. All these items can leave potential buyers repulsed and heading for the door—or ready to make a really low offer that covers cleaning and replacement costs. When getting your home ready for sale, deep clean every floor, counter, appliance, and every other surface before potential buyers walk in the door (or ask your real estate agent for the name of a good local cleaning service that can do the job).

Make your rooms look bigger.

A cluttered home can make your rooms look smaller and cover up the features that impress buyers. Remove all necessary objects from your rooms and clear out nick nacks to make your home look bigger and show off all the selling features (i.e. anything that covers up your fireplace mantle, items on a bathroom vanity, etc.).

Bring in the experts.

If you want to sell quickly, don’t hesitate to bring in the experienced pros that can help hasten your sale and make the process easier. Hire the best local real estate agents (tips for finding the best real estate agent here), and a recommended home inspector that can give you the head up on any surprises that could slow the home sale process (called a pre-listing home inspection).

Show how well your home is maintained.

You’ve cared for your home for years; now is the time to show off years of fantastic home maintenance. Replace any burned out light bulbs, fix leaky faucets, and repair any items that could raise a red flag with potential buyers—and could delay the closing date.

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