Deciding to put your home on the market is a big decision, so it’s important to weigh up all the aspects of selling. There has always been a debate between when the best time to sell is, so we’ve explored the different opinions!
Once the clocks go forward and Easter is upon us, it can be argued that this is when things tend to get going. In general, there are typically more properties to choose from in the spring, something that could work in your favour as a buyer looking for the perfect property. Areas near the coast tend to be more productive in the spring and early summer, due to people like retirees who want to move in the good weather. This is a similar trend in Suffolk, with many putting their house on the market during the spring to be moving by the summer!
Many say that properties sell better in the summer, with blue sky photos and gardens in full bloom. Photography is a key selling tool when it comes to houses, whether it be showing clients your home in our brochures or magazines, or potential buyers finding your house through an internet portal, the look of your property is important. With luscious green lawns, blue clear skies and rooms flooded with sun light, the general look of your property in the summer will be improved!
If your home has extensive grounds and beautiful gardens, the best time to get your property on the market could be the Autumn, when your gardens look their best. With the activity building since the beginning of February, and more houses coming to market over the summer, there’s usually an influx of purchasers. Think of all those people who’ve sold their houses over the summer but are yet to find their perfect place! They could be waiting for be yours!
Many agents say they still have high activity levels throughout Christmas! Some even saying they still receive calls and emails on Christmas day! With many buyers searching via the internet, the market is no longer as seasonal as it once was. In fact, data from Rightmove in 2015 shows that traffic figures increased from 1 million on Christmas Day, to over 1.6 million on the 26th, as the Boxing Day bounce kicked in. This then climbed to a whopping 3.3 million visits on New Year’s Day! So a great time to put your home on the market would be just before Christmas!
Really then, the answer to our question, when is the best time to sell your home, is always! There are no fixed rules, our advice? Buy and sell when is right for you, you can sit and wait for a perceived “busy period” but whilst waiting you could have missed any number of opportunities.
If you’re thinking of making the move, perhaps now or some time in the future, we’re here to help. Give us a call and we can go through what works best for you.
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