Whether you like it or not, Christmas is fast approaching and it’s time to start thinking about it. As the days get colder and the nights grow longer, many homeowners consider putting off selling their home until the new year. Those looking to get on the market and sell before Christmas are taking advantage of a great opportunity to show off their home. Here’s what you should keep in mind if you want to get on the market and find a buyer before Christmas arrives.
House-hunters are motivated
Christmas and the new year are lingering at the back of everyone’s mind, and buyers are no exception. Those looking to move home generally like the idea of finding a place before the new year hits, so their sense of urgency means that there is no beating around the bush – straightforward viewers and buyers are a dream come true.
It’s the most emotional time of the year
Christmas is the most sentimental time of the year – visiting a home in the run-up to Christmas can help viewers envisage themselves making memories there. Christmas decorations, mince pies and the general joyfulness that comes with Christmas can evoke a sense of nostalgia and belonging for people, and that feeling is priceless. The cold weather can also do wonders in making people feel at home. Coming from the dark, dreary street into a warm, welcoming home can immediately make a great first impression for any would-be buyers.
The early bird catches the worm
Buyers always carry more weight when they themselves have sold a property. By selling before the new year, you can beat the rat race of properties that emerge in January and be in a strengthened position as and when negotiating the purchase of a new house.
Now is the time to act
With just 62 days to go until Christmas, you’re probably wondering if it’s enough time to get valuations, choose an agent, have them market the property, attract viewers and finally lock down a buyer. The good news is that at Chalk Street Estates, our properties are on the market for an average of 41 days*, so acting now will allow for plenty of time for us to sell your home, allowing you to enjoy the festivities without any additional stress.
* Based on all Chalk Street properties sold between April & October 2017