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

Cheshire Life - - Property -

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.

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