Traditionally the winter months have often been seen as a slow period for sellers, and estate agents would often recommend that people waited until the spring or summer to put their house on the market. However times have changed and over the years we have seen that winter can actually be the ideal time for vendors to sell up and move home. With a fast paced property market, high demand for housing and the advent of online sales sites such as Rightmove we have found that the property market is becoming far less seasonal than it once was. In fact if you live in a popular area such as Hatfield, Stevenage or Welwyn Garden City you can be assured that there will be buyers searching for their ideal home all year round.
So why could winter be the perfect time to sell your property? We’ve taken a look at some of the benefits of selling up in the colder seasons…
You won’t face as much competition from other sellers
As people are still less likely to put their house on the market in the winter this can mean there are fewer properties available for buyers. Of course if your property faces less competition it is far more likely to sell quickly which is great news. Less competition in a seller’s market can also mean that you should be able to ask for, and receive, a competitive price for your home.
You could get a quicker completion time for your house sale
Most buyers will be very keen to get into their brand new home before the Christmas period begins. This means that both buyers, sellers and solicitors will be more focused on achieving a fast sale and completion date and your sale should proceed quickly and smoothly.
You can get a home makeover for a bargain price
If you feel that your house needs a bit of sprucing up before going on the market then winter can be the ideal time to get a bargain on any work that needs doing. This is often a quiet time for property professionals such as gardeners, painters and decorators so you may be able to get a quick turnaround on any work you need doing at a very reasonable rate. Giving your house a makeover before selling can help you to achieve a faster sale and it can add value to your property too.
You can create a warm and homely environment for potential buyers
Winter can be a lovely time to show off just how warm and cosy your house is to potential buyers. Before you show people around make sure that the heating is on and the fire (if you have one) is lit. Use throws and rugs to make it feel as snug as possible and capitalise on twinkly Christmas lights to bring a touch of sparkle to your property – particularly if you are conducting an evening viewing. Baking mince pies or putting on a pot of coffee can also help to create a convivial atmosphere. Although it’s winter don’t forget about your garden. Make sure it is neat and tidy, sweep away any autumn leaves and put out some seasonal planters or hanging baskets to make your entrance look festive and welcoming.
If you are considering putting your house on the market this winter then act now! It can be the perfect time to get a quick sale at the price you want. If you would like a free valuation on your property why not get in touch with your local branch now for a chat and find out how they could help you.