Times are changing and you’re thinking about moving into a new home. But before you start searching for your next dream home, you’ll need to figure out when you’re going to sell your existing home. The decision is a complex one, especially considering the unpredictable economic environment you’re living in. And while there’s no magic formula for determining the best time to sell a home, there are several factors you should consider:

The wrong time to sell
This likely won’t come as a big surprise: you should avoid selling your home during the winter season.  Around the Holidays is ok; neighborhoods and local businesses look extra special with lights and decorations. But for the rest of the season without a fresh snow fall, everything around Spokane can look pretty dull and grey. Potential buyers will typically wait until the snow melts before venturing out.

The best season for selling
Conventional wisdom dictates that Spring is the best time to sell a home. In Spring, the holidays have past, the new school year is still a while away, and gardens and other outdoor spaces tend to look their best. And while Spring is the season that sees the largest amount of buyers, it’s also the season when inventories are highest. This means lots of competition, so if you’re going to sell in Spring, you really need to get your property to stand out with effective marketing and staging.

The best day for selling
According to research, Thursday is the best day of the week to list your home for sale. By listing your home for sale on a Thursday, you can make it available immediately for weekend showings. Come Saturday – the busiest day for real estate – your home will have only been on sale for two days, which is great for attracting full-price offers. In general, the shorter amount of time your home remains on the market, the higher the offer you’ll receive.

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Here are some links with even more tips and ideas to help prepare you for selling your home:

What is my home worth?

The Zillow “Zestimate”; is it accurate?

Questions to ask before selling a home

Why is a fast home sale a good home sale?

Top 15 Reasons For Sale By Owner listings fail

Strategies for staging your home

Tips for selling your home quickly