Christmas is considered a quiet time for the property market, as would-be buyers turn their attention to more pressing matters.
However, if you are considering putting your house on the market, you shouldn’t be put off – there are also a number of advantages to selling at this time of year.
Our top tips will help you make the most of them:
- Don’t let the thought that people might be too busy at this time of year put you off – people’s work patterns often become more flexible before and during the holidays, meaning they can fit in more viewings than usual.
- When getting pictures of your home taken, don’t overload on the decorations and try to ensure there is no frost or snow in external shots – if your home ends up on the market for a while, you don’t want it to be immediately apparent from the photos.
- Christmas can however be a good opportunity to make your house even homelier than usual. A warmly lit and cosy home will be immediately inviting for viewers coming in out of the cold.
- As with selling at any time, it is best to keep clutter to a minimum – keep knick knacks, ornaments, pictures etc. understated so as not to detract from your home.
- Use pins, blue tack and sellotape sparingly when putting up your decorations – you don’t want eagle-eyed viewers to spot marks and holes everywhere once you’ve taken them down.
- Take full advantage of Christmas cheer! High spirits mean people are generally more positive at this time of year, and may be more open to the full potential of your home.
- Make an impression on viewers with seasonal scents – get some mulled wine simmering in the kitchen or simply leave it to your Christmas tree.
- While there may be fewer buyers at this time, there are also less sellers, meaning less competition – make the most of this!
- If your house remains on the market after Christmas, take your decorations down quickly – if viewers see them up too long after Christmas they may wonder if there are other things you are not on top of!
- While some people opt to tighten the purse strings after Christmas, remember that others will just have received their annual bonuses, putting them in a better position to buy.