Getting ready to sell your West Virginia home? Here’s how long you can expect it to take — and some tips on how to speed things up (and still get a great price).
- In 2021, the average time it takes to sell a home in West Virginia — from listing through closing — is approximately 128 days. That’s 93 days to get an offer, plus the typical 35-day closing period.
- Key factors that impact West Virginia home sale timelines include local market conditions (e.g., buyer demand, job market, rising home values, etc.), time of year, and your property’s type and condition.
- Your agent’s listing strategy (pricing, marketing, networking, etc.) and the buyer’s financing situation — i.e., the amount of time it takes for them to secure loan approval — will also influence how long your sale ultimately takes.
Read on to learn more about how long it takes to sell a house in West Virginia and get some pro tips on how to speed up your sale, get better offers, and save thousands in the process.
Editor’s Note: The data in this article may be slightly skewed because of COVID-19’s disruptive effect on 2020 real estate trends. See the table at the end of this article to compare data from 2020 and 2019 and see how drastically trends were affected in your state.
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What’s the average time to sell a house in West Virginia?
Average Time to Sell*
*Based on Realtor.com Data (December, 2020)
The average time it takes to sell a house in West Virginia in 2021 is 128 days — 93 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately 29.8% slower than the national average. Keep in mind that these are annual averages and the numbers will vary by month and/or season.
Best time to sell a house in West Virginia
In addition to the average days on market and list price data, we’ve compiled data on the BEST (and worst) times to sell your West Virginia house based on what’s most important to you:
- Fastest Time to Sell: When should you list your home if you’re looking to sell quickly?
- Highest Sale Price: What month should you list in to get the best possible price for your home?
Best month to sell a house fast in West Virginia
Days on Market**
*Based on Realtor.com Data (December, 2020)
**Days on market doesn't include the amount of time it typically includes to close (about 35 days)
The best month to sell a house fast in West Virginia is October. The median time it takes for West Virginia homes listed in October to sell is 77 days, which is still 13 days slower than the annual average.
Best month to sell a house in West Virginia for price
*Based on Realtor.com Data (December, 2020)
The best month to sell a house in West Virginia in terms of sale price is September. The median sale price in September is $253,633, which is 4.8% — or $12,122 — more than the annual average.
Tips to get your West Virginia home sold
1. Set the right price
In a seller's market, a common strategy is to price a home slightly below the comparable sales to entice multiple offers. More than one offer tends to drive up the value. Competition generally breeds desire, and determined buyers are often willing to pay a lot more than the asking price.
Price range makes a difference as well. Lower price ranges often sell faster than higher price ranges, simply because there are more buyers who can afford lower-priced homes.
According to Zillow, the median price of homes currently listed in West Virginia is $163,000 while the median price of homes that sold is $148,000. That’s something to consider when choosing the perfect listing price for your West Virginia property.
Keep in mind that if you list your house for too high a price, buyers won’t take an interest. If nobody bids on your home, it’s eventually going to become a stale listing. If your listing goes stale and sits on the market too long without receiving any bids, you might get a lower price in the end.
So what’s the magic solution? The best thing you can do when pricing your home is to look at the prices of other homes in the area and price accordingly. If you list your home according to market value, you’ll create a bidding war, and will likely receive an offer that’s at, close to, or even higher than the price the home is listed for.
However, every house is different; that’s why it’s important to do your own research about area comps, get listing price suggestions from a couple of agents, and then listen to your agent when it comes to negotiating.
2. Make small upgrades to your house
Sprucing up your home in all the right areas before listing can make a huge difference on the final sale price — if done correctly.
Try not to go overboard on major remodels; chances are, you won’t get your money back. Alternatively, focus on small upgrades, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom, where you’re most likely to see a return on investment. A new sink and cabinet hardware in the kitchen, or light fixtures, shower curtains, and hand towels in the bathroom, are inexpensive upgrades that will instantly transform your space.
As opposed to dishing out $50,000 on a full kitchen remodel, look into replacing any old appliances you may have. More than likely, you’ll only need to spend around $3,500 or less on a new stainless steel appliance suite. Small upgrades can have a big impact on your listing price, and potential buyers will certainly take notice of your home’s recent improvements.
3. Brighten up your house.
A dark or poorly lit home feels damp and depressing to prospective buyers that are seeing your house for the first time. Brighten it up by using both natural and artificial light.
For starters, get the highest wattage light bulb for all your light fixtures to instantly brighten up the room. Additionally, make sure you pull open all your curtains and blinds, especially on sunny days.
A fresh coat of paint is another great (and inexpensive) way to brighten a room. If you’re looking for color suggestions, a light, neutral gray provides a soft, brighter palette, making rooms look larger as an extra perk. A deep cleaning will also help brighten baseboards, windows, and light fixtures.
4. Amp up your curb appeal
When it comes to creating great first impressions for home buyers, curb appeal is everything. Your home’s exterior is typically the first thing a buyer sees in person, and on listing sites. If it doesn’t look good in photos, a buyer won’t even consider looking at the interior shots — and will certainly not jump at the chance to see your home up close in a walk-through.
Tidy up your yard by trimming and shaping hedges, refreshing mulch, and edging the lawn. You may also want to consider pressure-washing your house, walkways, and driveways, or even adding a fresh coat of paint to your trim and shutters.
Everything matters — even things as small as the brass on your front door. Polish the kick-plate and doorknob, and clean any cobwebs or bird droppings off your front porch. Flowers, particularly near the entryway, add a hint of color, making your home feel alive and inviting.
5. Share your listing on social media
With over 2 billion people worldwide using Facebook, the social media site is one of the strongest platforms for marketing. Most Facebook users have an average of 200 or more Facebook “friends” with whom they share photos, news articles, and personal information.
Tapping into this wealth of potential buyers is almost a no brainer, if you ask us. By “sharing” your listing, you’re showing it to hundreds of people. If somebody else shares your post, you’re in even better standing to cook up buyer interest, and ultimately sell fast.
Next steps for West Virginia home sellers
If you’re looking to sell your home fast in West Virginia and get a great price, Clever can help.
Clever negotiates reduced rates with top-rated real estate agents throughout West Virginia. Get full service and support for a flat $3,000 listing fee — or just 1% if your home sells for more than $350,000. You’ll still have to offer a buyer’s agent commission, per the standard rate in your area (typically 2.5-3%), but overall, you’ll still save up to 50% on standard commission fees.
Importantly, home sellers who list with Clever get their first qualified offer in an average of 13 days* — that’s 80 days faster than the average time to offer in West Virginia.
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*Average time to offer for Clever home sellers in 2020
Average time to sell in 2019
Average Time to Sell in West Virginia:
Average Sale Price in West Virginia:
Best Month for Speed:
May, with an average of 52 days on market
October, with an average of 77 days on market
Best Month for Price:
July, with an average sale price of $214,000
September, with an average sale price of $253,633
*Based on data gathered from Realtor.com and Zillow Data Center