The Best Days of the Year to List Your Home for Sale

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Planning to put your home on the market this spring? The best days to sell are coming up fast.

If you want to boost the odds of selling your home as fast as possible and for the highest price possible, put it on the market during the first half of May.

That’s the best time of year to sell a home, according to a study released last year by real estate website Zillow.

Zillow says:

“Homes sold in the first half of May sell six days faster and for $1,600 more than the average listing. And homes listed on a Saturday receive an average of 20 percent more views in the first week on the market compared to homes listed on Tuesdays.”

However, Zillow notes that the precise best time to sell can vary.

For example, Zillow says that market circumstances — such as job growth, mortgage rates and tax incentives — influence the best time to list your house. Depending on where you live, the perfect date to sell your home can be anywhere from April 1 to July 15, Zillow says.

But it adds that as a general rule, spring is king:

“With tax refunds in their pockets, nicer weather for moving in the forecast, and summer break from the kids’ school coming up, it’s easy to see why spring is typically the most popular time to buy and sell.”

How to sell your home faster

Selling your home isn’t simply a matter of putting a “for sale” sign on your front lawn during a couple of magic days, however. You need to take steps to separate your humble abode from the pack.

One good way to get an edge on your competitors is to tour other homes for sale before you list yours, as we suggest in “11 Tips for Pricing Your Home So It Sells for Top Dollar.”

There are also many commonly overlooked ways to make your home more attractive to buyers. For example, a 2018 Zillow analysis found that painting your front door a specific color boosted the sale price by $6,271.

As we report in “7 Surprising Features That Boost Your Home Value“:

“No other combination of color and surface boosted sale prices by anywhere near as much as shades of black on a front door. The second-most impactful combination — light taupe and similar shades of paint in living rooms — boosted sale prices by an average of $2,793.”

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