When is the best time to market your property?
Selling your home can be a challenge even under the most ideal circumstances. So, as we enter an uncertain and ever-changing property market thanks to Brexit, it is even more important to consider the best time to put your house up for sale.
So, what is the best advice? Read on to find out more…
What does the industry say?
Rightmove says that Boxing Day is its busiest day of the year – in 2018 there were over 25 million page views on the site. Once Christmas Day is done and the leftovers have been eaten, people turn to the internet to look for a new home.
This could be down to everyone being together to look at houses as a family, all those new iPads and phones, or that desire for a fresh start to kick off the New Year.
There are advantages to following this trend and getting your house online in time for potential buyers to view over a selection box, but there are benefits of selling during every season of the year…
The property market picks up as people return to work refreshed from their holidays, the kids are back at school and families are looking to buy in time for Christmas. The weather is often mild, and with the changing of the season and the leaves, the garden can look pretty colourful and appealing.
Winter can be the perfect time to view a home. If buyers love the house during the colder, darker months, chances are they will love it even more in Summer. But try to arrange viewings during the day to make the most of the daylight.
From late November to mid-December, the build-up to Christmas is all-consuming and preparations for the festive period take over. However, as we have mentioned earlier, once the big day is over viewings take off so this could be considered a great time for getting ready to put your home on the market in readiness for Boxing Day.
The Christmas break is a time when buyers will have a lot of spare time, time they will likely use to browse online together for potential houses to view in the New Year and if your property isn’t on the market, they won’t see it.
Buyers can be in their new home for the Summer and with blossom on the trees and the warmer weather on the way, gardens are literally springing to life.
Easter also offers time for longer viewings due to the four-day bank holiday weekend, and the increase in daylight hours. But it is highly competitive, and you may be one of many home visits as buyers take their time looking at all the options.
With most people’s thoughts turning to holidays, trips to the beach and family time outdoors this is often seen as one of the more challenging periods to sell a home. The market can slow down and families will have looked earlier in the year to make sure the children are settled and ready for the new school term. If you must sell during this time, try and get your house on the market by early July.
One final thought, Which? suggests that properties listed with estate agents at the beginning of the week may sell a month quicker than those listed at the weekend.
If you would like to put your house on the market in time for Christmas, contact us on Twitter at @VentureProp or call us on 01325 638997.