Should I sell my house at Christmas?
Is Christmas a good time to sell my property?
Should I sell my property at Christmas? Do houses still sell at Christmas time? Is Christmas a good time to sell a property? Is the property market still busy at Christmas? How do I decide if selling a property at Christmas is right for me?
Are you sitting at home wondering if Christmas, or the run up to Christmas, is a good time to sell? Are you thinking of selling your home but wondering whether it’s best to wait until spring or summer? Are you desperate to sell your house, but worried about a quiet market at Christmas?
Christmas can be a great time of year to sell your house so we have come up with a list of positives and negatives so that you can decide whether it’s the right time of year for you.
Our positives of selling near Christmas: –
- Less competition from other properties
Because there are less houses on the market, this automatically means that your house has a better chance of standing out. Rather than being one of many, it can be one of a few. The ratio of supply to demand doesn’t really alter, so you have just as much chance of selling at Christmas as any other time of year.
- Buyers/viewers are more likely to be serious
It’s very unlikely that you will come across any ‘timewasters’ or ‘nosey’ viewers at this time of year, simply because everyone is so busy planning for Christmas. This means that any viewer is likely to be serious about moving home, and more likely to make an offer.
- Browsing property – more accessible these days
No longer do we have to get our coats, hats and boots on to visit an estate agency in person if we want property details in winter; we can now view houses online from the comfort of our own living room sofa. This makes it very easy to ‘window shop’, meaning more potential buyers for your home.
- Convenient viewing times are easier to arrange
As the market is generally quieter at this time of year, it’s far easier to arrange a convenient viewing time for both vendor and viewer.
- Some houses really suit the winter market
Some older ‘period’ properties really come alive at this time of year, particularly Christmas. We are thinking of cottages, tall Victorian town houses, character properties and so on; they can look simply amazing when decorated for Christmas, with sparkly fairy lights on the tree, holly wrapped around the staircase, cosy candles flickering in the hallway and the smell of mulled wine drifting through the building. What could be better?
Here are our possible negatives which you need to consider : –
- Solicitors may close
This will only affect you if you sell your house before Christmas; it may delay the sale proceedings by a couple of weeks or so.
- Estate agent – may close over Christmas
If your estate agent closes over the festive period, make sure they have a procedure in place for interested parties to register their interest in your home. The minimum they should have arranged is an answer-phone message with a mobile contact number, or a facility to leave their details. You don’t want to miss out on a sale!
- Decorations and clutter
Depending on how mad you go with decorations, it may be difficult for viewers to see beyond the singing snowman and flashing reindeer! It’s best to keep decorations to a minimum and keep them ‘tasteful’.
Selling at Christmas is a personal choice, and we hope we have given you some useful hints and tips…
Do you think Christmas is a good time of year to sell a house? Have you ever sold a house at Christmas? Did it sell quickly? Do you have any tips or advice you would like to share with us? We would love to hear from you…
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