How Long Will it Take to Sell Your House?

September 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Real Estate

When trying to sell your home or property before you rent your truck rental, the speed at which it sells is always an important factor and something that everyone tries to make happen as fast possible. Currently the average time it takes for a house to sell is 10 – 12 weeks, more than 4 -6 weeks longer than the national average two years ago.
However there are a number of things that can either help or hinder the length of time it takes to sell a house and should be adhered to if you want that quick sale.

Make your house sellable! Too many people try to sell their house just as they live in it. This means clutter in the lounge, dishes in the sink and a grimy bathroom with dirt in the sink. This is not going to impress anyone. If you are lucky enough to have people through the door, then try to maximize the sale and wow them. Show them its full potential; make sure the house is spotless. If there are any minor damage or repairs that need to be made, then invest the time and money before you try to sell. Make it a show home.

The right price. Do not overprice your property. Do your research of what the property is currently worth and stick with it. Unfortunately house prices are not what they were 5 years ago, so don’t expect to ask for it. Look around at other houses in your area that are similar in size to gauge their asking price and get at least 3 valuations from 3 different estate agents to get an average.

Marketing. Do your utmost to get as many people looking at your property as possible. Ensure you use a reputable estate agent who will make sure your home is listed on all the relevant websites and is telling people about your property. One page in their office window is not enough. List it in local newspapers and even use social media to promote the sale. The more people who see your house, the quicker it will sell.

Chain reaction. Although its not always easy, try not to get caught up in a long property chain. The slowest person in a chain is the person controlling the speed at which all other sales and completions will take place. If there are a few people interested, then try to see what their current situation is. Sometimes going with the highest offer is not the best option if it means the sale will take 5 months to complete.

Although there is never guarantee for a really quick sale, if followed these simple and effective tips will definitely help. Good luck and happy selling.

Author Bio
Jess Collins is passionate about home design, property and consumer rights. Preparing your property for sale is an essential step if you want to sell your house. By following this advice you can be sure of getting the best deal and the quickest sale when you sell your home.

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