Spring is traditionally the most favorable time to sell a home. The weather is just right for moving conditions, and the flowers are in bloom, making homes look that much more appealing. Spring can mean different things to different people, but according to research conducted by Zillow, the best time to list a home for sale is mid-March to mid-April. Homes sold in this time frame sold around 15% faster and for 2% more than the average listing.
The best time to list actually follows weather patterns, so depending on where you live, the peak time may vary. Places like Florida and California are better off listing in early March to Mid-April, where other places like Boston are better off listing in Mid-to-Late April.
If you are not ready to sell your home just yet, it may also pay off to wait until winter. While many people tend to hibernate in the winter, serious buyers are out there. Whether it’s because of job relocation or an expanding family, these types of buyers are usually looking for a home because they need one, and fast. These buyers will often pay more, as inventory is generally lower in the winter.
Another useful tip from Zillow regarding selling your home, is to use key listing words to help sell for a higher price; such as: Luxurious, Captivating, Impeccable, Stainless, Basketball, Landscaped, Granite, Pergola, Remodel, Beautiful, Gentle, Spotless, Tile, Upgraded, and Updated. According to research, bottom-tier homes that were described as luxurious beat their expected sale price by 8.2% and top-tier homes described as captivating sold over 6.5% higher than expected. If your home fits any of those descriptions, it might not hurt to talk to your realtor to have it added to your listing.