List your house before Christmas ahead of festive peak

List your house before Christmas ahead of festive peak

Our very own property guru Sarah Beeny is urging prospective sellers to get their houses market-ready and up for sale ahead of the Christmas rush.

Our very own property guru Sarah Beeny is urging prospective sellers to get their houses market-ready and up for sale ahead of the Christmas rush.

Data released from Rightmove last January revealed a 20 per cent increase in people looking for homes online between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day compared with 2012.

Almost 14 million page views were recorded by the property portal on Christmas Day, with over 10,000 people taking time out from the festivities to send emails to agents. On Boxing Day it got even busier, with page views jumping to over 25 million – up 21% on 2012 – and views peaked on New Year’s Day, with over 38 million page views recorded.

Sarah Beeny says: “People often think November and December are quiet times in the property market calendar and hold off selling until January, but these stats show that putting your house up for sale ahead of the festivities can pay dividends.

“People who are looking to move have more time to search for properties and research the market over the festive period, so it’s a great time to sell. You’ll get a head start on anyone not ready to make the most of the increased activity and generate mass interest in your property.”

To get your house market ready ahead of the festive rush, Sarah has put together the following top tips:

 

  1. Give your home a quick DIY makeover:

Spending a couple of days sprucing up your property can make a huge difference when it comes to attracting buyers. Give grubby walls a quick lick of paint, make sure all lightbulbs are working and tackle any small DIY jobs you’ve been putting off. First impressions really do count, so it makes sense to make your property look polished.  

 

  1. Winter proof your garden:

Gardens never look their best at this time of year, so spend a few hours making yours look spic and span. Trim bushes, cut the lawn, clear dead plants and tidy away dead leaves and summer garden furniture.

 

  1. De-clutter and clean:

Get rid of all your old clutter and give your home a really deep clean to help make it as attractive as possible to buyers.

 

Sarah added: “By following these tips you really will increase your chance of selling ahead of the January rush. Recent research conducted by us as part of our buyer barometer showed that buyers biggest turn ons are neat, well-kept gardens (48%), cleanliness (43%) and fresh internal paintwork and décor (43%).

"I know of so many people who hadn't planned on moving, but then did some research over Christmas whilst they were off work and actually ended up putting in offers and buying houses they'd seen over that period. It really is the perfect time to sell."

So there you have it, no time to dilly dally - now's the time to shine and get your property on the market and make the most of the festive period!