When you list your home for sale, you may need to sell by a firm date. For example, if you’ve already purchased another property, you’ll likely want to sell well before taking possession.

The last thing you want to happen is to have to undergo the expense and hassle of temporary housing because you didn’t sell on time.

Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to ensure your property sells within the desired time frame. For example, you can:

• Prepare and stage your home to impress.

• Make sure your home is marketed effectively so that your listing attracts lots of qualified buyers.

• Be flexible with viewing appointments so more buyers see your home.

• Set the optimal listing price to gain the interest of buyers.

• Ensure offers and negotiations are expertly handled by hiring a realtor.

These are all variables within your control.

Market conditions also have a big influence on how long it takes for a home to sell. So, knowing how long recent comparable listings were on the market before they sold will give you a good idea of how long your sale will take.

Takeaway: There are many actions you can take to meet your closing date and ease your concerns.