How to Know if it’s the Right Time to Sell Your House

by Dusty Rhodes on Apr 14, 2022  in 
  • Real Estate
  • Moving
  • Realtors
when its right time to sell


Selling your home is a big decision. After all, your home is your most valuable asset so you want to maximize your return on such a big investment. That said, many people also feel a huge emotional attachment to their home, so saying goodbye is not so easy. Whether you are sure you want to sell or you are weighing your options, there’s a lot to consider before you pull the trigger. While there may not be one right answer, there are ways to know if the opportunity is good and the timing is right to put your home on the market. Here we will take a look at a few ways in which you will know you are ready to list your home.

1. The market is strong.

If your goal is to make a profit on your current house, you will definitely want to strike while the iron is hot. Do some research and talk to a local real estate agent to get information on the current seller’s market. You can also pay attention to real estate trends in your area. If you notice homes going up for sale and getting snatched up quickly, that’s a good sign that the market in your area is strong. If this is the case, homeowner’s can sell their homes faster and for more money.

2. It’s a good time of year.

The traditional homebuying season begins in spring and runs through summer in most areas. As soon as winter is over and the weather warms up, you will see more and more homes popping up on the market. Most people are eager to sell their homes during the spring and summer so they can be settled come fall. Keep in mind that while a strong market can mean more buyers, it also means more competition with other sellers in your area.

3. You have built up enough equity.

Equity can be an important factor when it comes to selling your home. It is generally recommended that you live in your home for at least 5 years before selling it to ensure you have built up some equity. If you sell too soon, you may end up losing money once you factor in all of the selling costs. You also need to consider the current selling price of homes because you may have to pay more to get into a new home.

4. You have outgrown your home.

One of the most surefire signs that it’s time to sell your home is if you feel like you are cramped for space. Perhaps you have had children or your lifestyle has changed and you are now working from home. Whatever the reason, if you feel like you have outgrown your space, upgrading to a larger home might improve your quality of life.

5. You are ready to downsize.

On the flip side, you may feel like you have more house than you need. If your children have grown and moved out or you are getting older and want to minimize responsibilities, downsizing can help you save money and get into a house that is more manageable. Downsizing generally means lower mortgage payments, less work, and lower maintenance costs so this could be a beneficial decision for you.

6. You are emotionally ready.

The process of selling a home can be an emotional rollercoaster for many people. For instance, if you are selling the home that your children have grown up in, you may feel sad about leaving that home behind. Our homes are often associated with memories so it’s not always easy to let go. Make sure you are in a place where you are truly ready to detach and move forward.

7. You are financially prepared for the transition.

Keep in mind that if you are selling, you will also be buying so you need to make sure you are financially stable before putting the sign in your yard. If you are buying a home in the height of a real estate bubble, you may have to be ready to pay more for a new home. It’s also possible that you might have to float two mortgages in case your home does not sell right away. It is important to consider your financial situation before selling your home so you don’t jeopardize your financial future.

Dusty Rhodes