Real Estate

The Home Selling Process: How Long Should It Take?

Over six million homes were sold over the course of 2021. That’s the highest level since 2006! If you’re looking to ride this wave and sell your home fast, you better get started soon. The home selling process takes time.

Read on to learn more about the timeline involved when selling a home, and how you can help keep things moving along.

Starting the Home Selling Process

Below are the tasks you should start to accomplish at least two months before you plan to list your home. If you’re able to take care of these things faster, great!

If you’re not entirely sure how to sell a house, start by creating a home selling checklist of things you want to do before listing your home, and include the following.

Do Your Research

Before you list your home, you want to learn about the market you’re in. In general, pay attention to the prices of homes in the area that are similar to yours.

Look at home listings and see if you can find how much homes are selling for in your neighborhood. If you can find homes on your street, that’s even better.

This will give you an idea of what you might be able to get for your home.

Take Care of Any Repairs

Another important task to undertake before listing is to address any necessary repairs. You’ll want to start by focusing on cosmetic issues. If you want your house to sell, it has to look appealing. 

After that, move on to more complicated repairs.

If there is anything you can’t fix before selling your home, do not hide it. Make sure prospective buyers are aware of significant issues. If you fail to do so, you may find yourself in legal hot water later on.

Get Your Home Ready

Getting your home ready to be viewed by prospective buyers is sometimes referred to as “staging your home.” Leaving large, heavy furniture (beds, couches, etc.) is okay. However, try to remove any extraneous furnishings including bookshelves, end tables, and pictures on the walls.

The less a room has in it, the bigger it looks. Additionally, you want people viewing your property to be able to imagine their possessions in the various rooms, nooks, and crannies.

After Listing

The amount of time it takes for your home to sell once it has been listed can vary widely. You may get a great offer within days, or it may take weeks or even months.

Negotiation and Closing

It can take as long as six to eight weeks after getting an offer for negotiations to complete and the sale to close. To expedite the process, you might want to work with GG Homes. They’ll help you sell your house as-is on your terms.

You’re Looking at Three to Four Months

From getting your home ready to list, to negotiating with your buyer and waiting for closing to complete, it usually takes between three and four months to complete the home selling process.

If you found this article informative and you’d like some more advice on selling a house, check out our home improvement blog. 


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