Timing your property sale
Now is the time to get organised if you are even considering putting a property on the market, writes Alastair Summerfield Cheshire Life: January 2019
The Christmas season is over for another year and many of us will have spent time with our families, assessing the year ahead: goals, plans, resolutions, and an assessment of your financial position as the new year beckons will often culminate in life-changing decisions.
While it is undeniable that many properties come onto the market in the Spring, this is driven purely by the need to show houses and gardens in the best possible light – green lawns, early spring flowers and budding trees undeniably frame the potential of a home better than bare trees and empty flower beds!
However, property hunting at the start of the year can put you ahead of the curve: those who are selling are also looking for a fresh start to their campaign, and the new lease of life from their own ambitions mulled during the festive season generally means they are particularly incentivised to Do the Deal. Dare we say it – the early months are a buyers’ market?
For those who are thinking of launching but waiting for Spring, it is not always necessary. The joy of digital marketing is that everything can be updated as the weather and natural outlook improves. So if you have a fine winter day of photography and can get excellent interior shots and at least a couple of decent exteriors, you can carry on adding shots as your garden blooms – if you haven’t already sold it by then!
We often recommend to clients that even if they are thinking six months to a year ahead, then get your property photographed ahead of time so that you are ready to launch at any time of year.
If nothing else, deciding to get your house on the market early is an excellent excuse to tidy away the excesses of Christmas.