New House for Christmas?

As we enter the meteorological Autumn, our thoughts turn to those cosy winter evenings in front of the open fire and hanging stockings up along the fire ready for Santa to fill on Christmas eve.

Now, as anyone will tell you, Christmas for me is about making time for the loved ones around you rather than the commercialisation of it, but it cannot be denied that we have huge number of house completions in December.

Why is this?   Well, just like the beginning of the summer holidays, it is a prolonged period of holidays for large numbers of families.   The kids are in good spirits and the family often together.  So, it makes a great time from the hustle and bustle of daily life to be able to plan your new home.

With this is mind, you need to market your home now so here’s a few tips.

Firstly, make sure you get your home on the market as soon as possible.   As the evenings draw in, there is less sunshine and blue skies and this is important for the professional photography.

Next, make sure the property is competitively priced.  It is a well-known fact that month on month from September to December the amount of buyers registering will reduce.   However, those who do enquire generally are more far serious in their approach.  But less buyers registering will mean less more competition for your home meaning pricing from initial marketing is important.   We definitely notice our viewing levels reduce, but the offers received on homes remain positive.

Also, make sure you plan for the last-minute rush in late November and December.   Solicitors, search companies and removals all become busy this time of year.   What tends to happen is there is a last-minute rush in late November to ensure moves actually happen.   Bear in mind most solicitors will shut down from the 22nd December this year and that they will need to exchange contracts at least a week or two beforehand, there is often a last-minute rush to complete matters ready to move before the festive period begins.

Lastly, sit back and relax.  Moving that close to Christmas is stressful.   But once you’re in your new home, you have time to think about your plans to make it to your taste.   And most importantly, isn’t boxing day when most of the sales start in the home furnishing stores?

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Paul McGuirk - 05/10/17
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