Two to three months before listing:

  • Conduct market research to establish the best price. Use tools to set the price most likely to draw in buyers.
  • Assemble the legal documents you need to complete the sale and replace any missing documents.
  • Conduct a search of public websites to detect any outstanding lien or other legal complication to completing the sale so you can clear up the problem.
  • Walk through the house to identify touch-ups and repairs. (Our checklist helps.) Make a to-do list and tackle those projects.
  • Line up any professionals you will need for closing, such as a real estate lawyer.

One month before market:

  • Develop your marketing strategy.
  • Gather the data you need to complete your listing.