The time it takes for the entire process of preparing, listing, and selling a house varies from one case to another. Here is the usual progression of events when you put your house on the market with one our partner agents:
Stage 1: Preparation
Get your home ready – Prepare your home for picture-taking and tours by making it tidy and ensuring that it has excellent appearance by making the necessary repairs and improvements.
Accomplish the paperwork – Complete the appropriate listing documents and files. You should then forward it to use.
Think about the selling points of your home – Provide us with information about the best features of your house. They will be given a special focus in the MLS listing and ads.
This stage depends on the length of time that you’ll be able to perform the steps cited above.
Stage 2: Listing
Phone consultation – This typically takes place 1 – 2 days within the first contact.
In-person inspection and tour of your home – Depending on your availability as well as ours, this is usually performed within a week after the phone call is placed.
- Finalization of list price – We will give you this information in 1 or 2 days after the meeting.
- Appointment with photographer – You will be provided with a 1 week notice to get your home ready for picture-taking.
- Yard sign set-up – Ask your Realtor for time frame.
- Lockbox installation – Ask your Realtor for time frame.
- Centralized Showings – Ask your Realtor for time frame.
- Input photos in MLS and online – Usually 2 days after the picture-taking, photos will be available.
- Establish the draft listing in MLS – This is done a day after the photos are received.
- Forwarding flyers to your house – 3 days after we receive the photos, we will give you the marketing flyers.
- This stage usually occurs from 10 – 30 days.
Stage 3 : Showing
Listing in MLS and online – This happens once you are ready. Best results are observed when this is done on a Thursday or Friday.
Conduct your very first open house – This takes place once you are ready. The most ideal is on Sunday.
First offer from a buyer – It commonly occurs within 30 – 45 days. You will be able to attract potential buyers if you give the appropriate price. Let your agent tell you what should be done with this step.
In general, this stage usually takes place in more than a month.
Stage 4: Post-Contract
- Expiration of home inspection contigency – Within 1 – 2 weeks from the time that the contract date is established.
- Expiration of appraisal and financing contingency – More or less 1 month after the ratified contract date.
- Final tour of the buyer – It typically happens a day prior the settlement.
- Handing off of keys – The settlement and handing off of keys usually take place in more or less a month after the offer.
- This stage usually lasts more than a month.
To sum everything up, the entire time to sell usually takes place within 3 – 4 months after the signed listing agreement. Always remember that in selling your house, it is of the essence not to rush the entire process. As long as you’ve prepared your home and you’ve signed with an agent, 3 months is long enough when it comes to planning everything about selling your home.
The listing experience doesn’t always have to be burdensome. Make sure that everything will go according to your plans. Start by choosing the most convenient selling date for you. It will also be wise to add a minimum of 14 days to this date so that you’ll have more time to attend to any unexpected problem or issue that will surface. Notify your agent at once when you encounter some problems. In this way, both of you can work together to fix these issues