Home Selling Timeline

Dated: June 16 2020

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So you made a decision to sell your house, congrats!! But now you must be wondering, “where do I start?”. Hi, I am Renee Heintz from Century 21, and in this video, I am going to walk you through the three stages of the home selling process, so that you can get an idea of what the timeline for selling your home might be and what to expect during the home selling process. 


Pre-Listing: The first stage is pre-listing. Before we can begin marketing your house, we need to prepare your home for sale. This is a critical step to handle before we can take photos, videos, and any other marketing material. These days, your first viewing will take place online, so it is essential to make a good first impression. If your home stands out online, potential buyers will be more likely to schedule an in person viewing. There are many things that you can do to improve your property before marketing your home so that it sells faster and at a higher asking price. Here are a few things that I recommend every client take care of prior to taking photos and listing the home that won’t break the bank. 


  1. You’re going to want to declutter your home and remove all the junk. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a neat and tidy home when showing it online and in person. The more tidy and spacious your home appears the better. 

  2. Ask for outside opinions! Ask friends and family to be brutally honest with how your house looks and see what areas they think might need some love. Sometimes, when you have been living in a spot for so long, things that are obvious to others go unnoticed by the homeowner. This is essential to helping you compile your to-do list. 

  3. A freshly painted house looks and smells so much cleaner! I would definitely recommend slapping on a fresh coat of paint prior to listing. This will make your home sparkle. Be sure to choose a neutral color for a crisp appearance. Also, if you notice that your blinds are dirty or broken, I would definitely recommend replacing them. This is an easy and inexpensive way to make your home appealing to buyers. 

  4. Unfortunately, people do judge a book by its cover, so curb appeal is something that is going to factor in how quickly your home is going to sell. Do your best to make your home look nice on the outside. I typically recommend powerwashing, adding fresh mulch, fixing little things such as broken things or peeling paint, and hanging some plants outfront. And, of course be sure to keep your lawn mowed. 


Active Process: The second stage is the active process. Now is the time to get your property listed, yay! The first step here is to make sure you list the property at what it is currently worth in today’s market, which I can help you with. This is not the time to get greedy because, if you do, it could bite you in the butt later! Overpricing can create damaging effects. If you price your home for too high in the beginning, you will likely end up with less in the end. 


It is essential that we are most aggressive in the first two weeks that your home is listed. This is your best chance to sell your home for top dollar. So, be ready to allow all showings during this time.


Pending: The third stage is pending. Eventually, your property will get an offer that you will accept. Once this process is complete, then you are officially under contract! Don’t think you’re off the hook yet though, there is still a lot of work to be done. This is the part of the process where the deal gets solidified and heads to closing. Next, your buyer will finish up lining up their financing to get their loan going, and they will usually conduct a home inspection. Our job is to order the title work and coordinate all the inspections, testings, appraisal, and work closely with their lender to make sure everything stays on track. Normally, all of these things will take approximately 30-45 days to close. 


Conclusion: I hope this was helpful in showing you a small glimpse of what goes on during the home selling process, and what it may look like to sell your home. Of course, there are many details here that I haven’t covered, but I can answer any further questions you may have! And, remember, that every home sale is different, and no two home sales are exactly alike. So, if you’d like to receive a customized plan, or just curious how much your home is worth, please feel free to reach out to me. I would love to meet with you!

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Renee Heintz

I am a full-time real estate agent at Century 21 Affiliated. I am licenced in both WI and MN, so I do business in La Crosse County and surrounding areas. I have been in the real estate business since....

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