FAQs - Selling

How long does it take to prepare my home before listing it for sale?

The home selling process usually starts several months before a property is made available for sale. The goal is to show a home which looks good, maximizes space and attracts potential buyers. This sometimes includes repairs, painting and other home improvements.

When is the best time of year to put my house on the market?

Generally, there is no bad time to sell your home! Your Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor will help you in determining the exact best time to sell based upon the current market conditions. The market tends to be more active in the spring and summer, but the supply and demand balance stays relatively constant year-round. For example, there may be fewer buyers in late December, but there are also likely to be fewer homes available for purchase.

What remodels or renovations will need to be done to prepare my home to sell?

There's no need to spend a ton of money remodeling your home before you sell. A few key improvements could significantly increase your selling price and make for a faster home sale. Ideally, you want your property to be competitive with other homes in the community. A Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor can provide suggestions that are consistent with your marketplace. Improvements should be made so that the property shows well, is consistent with the neighborhood and does not involve capital investments, the cost of which cannot be recovered from the sale. Cosmetic improvements such as painting, de-cluttering and landscaping, can help improve the appearance of your home.

Should I take my home off the market for the holidays?

Short answer: No.

Longer answer: You'll typically have better results if your house is available to show to prospective buyers continuously until it sells. Moreover, the holiday season is a wonderful time to show your home, while it's filled with the sights and smells of the season!

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