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Miami Property Search

When is the Best Time to List Your House?

(Answer: When you’re ready – but, talk to a realtor 6 months beforehand)

If you’ve ever even begun to contemplate a move, inevitably one of the first questions that pops into your head is when you should put your house on the market. Many sellers feel pressure to list in the spring, as traditional wisdom tells us that families often like to make a new home transition between school years.


The complete opposite – during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas – is often thought of as a bad time to list your home, but there are so few new homes listed in the holidays that it can actually be advantageous to do so.


Alternatively, other factors like interest rates, the local economy, job growth, or tax incentives may strengthen a market and entice homeowners to sell.


But when is the right time to list your house?


It really comes down to when you and others in your household are ready. While there are a whole host of variables to influence your home’s sale price and how quickly it will sell, if you’re not ready financially, emotionally, and otherwise, all of these other factors are irrelevant.


If, however, you are thinking seriously about listing your home, we have a few recommendations to ensure that, regardless of when you put your home on the market, you will get the biggest return on investment.


  • Get in touch with your realtor early and communicate often– Early preparation, and by that we mean getting in touch with your agent roughly six months prior to a potential list, can help you be more nimble along the way. Your agent will be able to identify trends in the market data, which can help guide your potential list date. Based on the data, you can then flex a little one way or the other to maximize listing and selling in the current market conditions.


  • Prepare your home to sell– A beautifully staged home with gorgeous photographs will do wonders for your sale. But to even get to the staging step, some homes require some cosmetic touch-ups to help increase the home’s value. Your realtor can offer guidance on which projects are worth the investment, and which you could skip.


  • Clean and declutter– Once any larger projects have been completed, then it’s time to do a thorough clean and decluttering. It helps to actually begin to move out as well. We encourage sellers to depersonalize the space, but also make it still feel warm and inviting. You want potential buyers to picture themselves in your home.


In short, selling a home is a huge undertaking, and not one to be taken lightly or rushed into. When you’re ready, get in touch. We know the Miami market inside and out.

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