Posted on October 17, 2016
There comes a time when everyone dreams of moving home. For some, it can be a reality that life circumstances can make less of a dream and more of a reality, for others, it could be that you want to move for quality of life or wanting to be closer to friends or family.
Whatever the reasons for wanting to sell your house, you need to consider something that you may not have thought about; how long will it take to sell my home?
As we are Florida based we wanted to analyse a few statistics that have come out recently to help answer a question we are asked a lot; how long does it take to sell a house in Florida?
According to recent economic statistics and home sellers forums; the median number of days is 65 with some areas, like Fort Lauderdale and Miami Dade being less at approximately 57 and 59 respectively.
So, what are the things that can slow down selling your house fast, and what can you do to remedy the problem?
Location; Sometimes, there is very little you could about location. You may be in an area that is difficult to sell, it could be that you’re in a popular zone. Whether that is schooling to public safety, your location will have an influence on how fast your home sells.
Price; Ever wondered about how to price your home? Too expensive and you have fewer potential buyers, too cheap, and you may be giving your house away.
Schools; As we discussed, schools are a key factor, not only for families looking to place their children in great school districts, but also for those looking to live in a quiet, well kept area which school districts tend to be.
Season; Ever considered when it is you’re selling your home? If you think about that 65 day average, start selling your home end of spring, beginning of summer to ensure that the warm, sunny season brings out the best of your home features rather than colder, darker, winter months.
What are the key factors for selling your home fast, and reducing the time needed for those looking to start a new life or plan that trip of a lifetime. Here are our tips;
Get the price right; You want to find that perfect balance between finding enough buyers that can afford your property, but not price your home too low to make sure that you aren’t underselling the total value of your house. Do some market research for your area and ask around realtors to see what price range they think would be the optimal selling price for the area.
Repair any damage; One of the things that puts buyers off the most is having to do a lot of maintenance work should they buy your house. Make sure that all essential, and visible damage to the interior or exterior is taken care of. New windows aren’t a must, but burnt carpets, broken kitchens, and loose porch tiles can certainly put off potential buyers.
De-cluttering; Give your house a good de-clutter. Take away big items and things that obstruct a home viewers experience in your house to make your home look light, bright and airy!