When do you place your home on the market? What is the proper timing for you? Whatever the case, start the process early. If you have children, Spring may be a good time to buy & sell, so that the kids are settled and ready for school in the Fall.
Where do you start? A home can be ready to list in as little as a month, especially if it's in good shape and you're working with a competent real estate agent. But it's often better to give yourself a little more cushion. Here's a rough timeline, including advice gleaned from a recent survey of 303 real estate professionals conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.