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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 12/1/2017

Selling a home requires a combination of careful planning, favorable market conditions, and good luck. As a result, thereís no simple formula for determining when your house will sell. There are, however, things you can do to help increase the odds of your home selling within your timeline.

In this article, weíll go over some of the reasons homes sell quickly or slowly, and offer some tips on how to plan accordingly so that your home sells at the price you want and within the time you need, so you can get back to your life in your new home.

What you canít control

Letís start with the pre existing conditions that you wonít have much sway over when it comes to selling your home. First, thereís the market: is it a buyerís or a sellerís market? The term ďsellerís marketĒ deals with supply and demand. In a sellerís market, there is more demand than supply, and therefore listings often see quicker sales and more frequent offers. These terms are used geographically as well. While we are currently considered to be in sellerís market nationwide, it could vary geographically. Certain cities and regions experience surplus housing and are therefore considered buyerís markets.

What you might be able to control

One factor in the amount of time it takes for your home to sell that you have some control over is when you put it on the market. A new study has found that the best time to sell a home is early March to late April, depending on your geographic location.

For you, this means ensuring that your home is ready to be listed by the end of January. That means you wonít want to delay in getting outdoor issues taken care of before winter arrives if you live in a colder climate. Itís much easier to work on roofs and driveways or septic systems before temperatures reach freezing.

What you can absolutely control

Now that weíve talked about those details which are out of your hands, letís talk about what you can do now to increase the likelihood of your home selling when you need it to.

First, be sure to price your home accurately. Any time that your house sits on the market with an inflated price is time wasted.

Next, stay on track with home improvements and upgrades that will increase the interior appeal and curb appeal of your home. That means fresh coats of neutral paint, a lot of cleaning and decluttering, and some appropriate landscaping. Itís important to remember, however, that some upgrades arenít very cost-effective, so be sure to do your research before taking on big home improvement projects.

Right before you put your home on the market, take the time to stage the home and take great photos. Cell phone pictures of a dirty house with poor lighting wonít do you any favors. If you know a photographer, enlist their help for the day to make sure your photos stand out on listing websites.

If you follow these tips and remain consistent in communicating with your real estate agent, thereís no reason you shouldnít sell your home within the timeframe needed for you and your family.