Timeline to sell a Senior Living Community – by Jason Punzel

As a company, Senior Living Investment Brokerage typically sells between 60-80 communities a year.  One of the most frequently asked questions by an owner is, “What is the timeline to sell a senior living community?”

The timeline for each transaction of a senior living property varies.  It is based on factors including licensing (CHOW), buyer financing, environmental studies, ALTA surveys and capital needs assessment, etc.  The typical duration from start to finish is 4-6 months.

Independent Living communities, which do not require a CHOW, can sometimes be closed in 3-4 months.  However, a typical timeline for assisted living or skilled nursing is between 5-6 months.  A timeline over 6 months is consider longer than average.


Below is a typical timeline, step by step:

  • Preparation of the Offering Memorandum and Dataroom: 2 weeks
  • Confidential phone calls & dissemination of marketing material: 2 weeks
  • Follow up calls and responding to questions: 1- 2 weeks
  • Call for Offers/LOIs: 1 week
  • Tours: 1 week
  • Best and Final offers & choosing a buyer: 1 week
  • Negotiation of the PSA & OTA: 3-5 weeks
  • Due Diligence: 30-60 days
  • Chow/Licensure: 30-60 days
  • Closing: the first of the month after the CHOW is received


When considering the sale of a senior living property, it is important to be aware of the timeline.  Senior Living Investment Brokerage can assist from start to finish.  We provide a realistic timeline and use our vast industry experience to ensure a successful outcome.

Contact Information:

To discuss the value of your Senior Living or Skilled Nursing Facility please contact Jason Punzel at 630-858-2501 x 233 or punzel@slibinc.com .


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