While spring is the busiest time for selling on the property market, the run-up to Christmas has now become more popular than ever before with new buyers looking for their perfect home.
November and December are good months to sell your home because those looking at properties at this time of year tend to be serious buyers and often want to find a place to move into by Christmas.
Our team helps many people that are relocating to this area for a new job starting in the New Year. They are keen to buy and settle into a new place quickly so they can prepare for their new career.
If you are keen to sell your house before Christmas, you may get fewer viewings, but they tend to be more serious about buying a home, so it helps to pull out all the stops to make your home as appealing as possible.
Here are some top tips to help sell your home to prospective buyers looking for a new home for Christmas.
Choose a good estate agent
Working with a well-established and knowledgeable estate agent, such as us, can be the most important step in quickly selling your home. We have a list of property buyers that are keen to buy a new home in the local area. Our highly experienced team will quickly match the most perfect prospective buyers to your property and arrange for a viewing at a time that is convenient for you.
Compile a file of important documents
To make your house sale as smooth and quick as possible, it can be helpful to make a file of all the paperwork that your new buyer will need. You should include things such as a list of fixtures and fittings that are included in the sale, energy performance certificates, and gas boiler service certificates.
Spruce up your paintwork
If your walls, doors, and skirting boards are looking a little faded and dull, you can give the interior of your home a refreshing facelift with a fresh lick of paint. If your paintwork isn't too bad, then giving your walls and woodwork a good clean to get rid of dust, grime, food splashes, and scuff marks can make your home look fresh and inviting.
De-clutter your rooms
Now is a good time to de-clutter and get rid of any junk that you have been holding onto. If you have large pieces of furniture such as heavy sideboards or large armchairs, you can move these into storage to open up the space and allow buyers to imagine their own furniture in your rooms.
Light up your home
The shorter days and darker evenings at this time of year can make your house look dark and gloomy. It can help to add a well-placed standard lamp or table lamp to illuminate dark corners and warm up your rooms.
Keep Christmas decorations subtle
If you want to deck the halls for Christmas, then don't overdo the tinsel and decorations. While some decorations can make your house look jolly and bright, too many decorations can be distracting and can overwhelm a potential buyer that wants to see the house rather than the decorations.
Give your house some kerb appeal
Kerb appeal is important all year round, but never more so than on the run-up to Christmas. Tidying up your front garden and getting rid of weeds and dead flowers is a good move. Replace tubs and hanging baskets with evergreens that look good at this time of year. You could even hang some subtle fairy lights around the door to make your home look more welcoming.
If you are keen to get your house on the market for a winter sale, do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team here.