Online estate agency Tepilo explores the benefits of selling your home around Christmas & New Year.
Christmas and New Year are often thought of as a stressful time of year to sell your property. However, there are some benefits to choosing to sell at this time of year. The prospect of a fresh new year can give buyers the motivation to put plans in place to move, and with more free time around the holidays, this can be a winning combination. Tepilo share their tips for selling over the festive period…
List Your Property Online
Searching online is one of the first things potential buyers will do when they start to think about buying – especially in winter when the temptation to stay inside in the warmth is high. Ensuring your property is listed with an online estate agent and is available on sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla is essential to getting your house noticed over the festive period. Make a start by getting a free valuation and creating an account with Tepilo, and get your property set up well in advance of the festive season!
Stage Your Home for Winter Viewings
Creating a warm, glowing and inviting atmosphere in your house for a viewing can go a long way to persuading your viewers to buy. Add the following touches for winter viewings;
- Create warm lighting with lamps and candles
- Light a fire to add warmth and to highlight this feature of your house
- Add stylish Christmas decorations to help viewers to imagine spending their next Christmas in the house
- Keep the property warm to give some relief from the cold weather outside
- Bake something delicious such as cinnamon buns in the oven before the viewing – this will help to fragrance the house
Prepare Your Property for the New Year
January sparks the beginning of the new year and in turn a sense of fresh motivation for the year ahead. Many people will begin to act on their plans to buy at the beginning of the year and it is likely that there will be more interest in properties during this time. Prepare for this busy time by clearing up any Christmas clutter quickly and making sure the photography that represents your house is of a high quality. If you are yet to list your property with an estate agent, early on in the new year is a good time to start as there is high demand for viewings at this time.
Many sellers will take their property off the market over the festive period so there will be less competition on the property market during Christmas and New Year. Fewer homes on the market means that more people will see your house online and you are likely to get more viewings in person. In addition to this, people looking to buy at this time may have more urgency to move so could be more likely to put in an offer.