‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’, and whether your perfectly prepared or having a last-minute crisis, nothing can stop time as Christmas is just two weeks away. If you’re selling your home, you may think that this period is a waste of time, I mean who is house hunting at Christmas period? You may be surprised to hear that estate agents up and down the country are encouraging vendors to have their home listed for the festive season, but why?
Did you know that last year over 1 million of us indulged in a spot of home searching on Rightmove, what’s more, viewing of property on Rightmove peaked on boxing day. Rightmove director and housing market analyst Miles Shipside states: “ It’s highly unlikely you’ll want prospective buyers to come round to have a look while you’re tucking into turkey or leftovers between Christmas and New Year, but being earlier to market means you won’t get left out of this surge in buyer interest if being an early-moving bird is your New Year resolution.”
So why is property search up around this time of year? Many people are seeing the New Year as a new start and the thought of being in a new home before Easter is equally appealing. Sadly the stresses and strains of the season can also impact in the increase in property searches and some relationships break down but equally new ones begin. There is nothing more exciting than searching for a new home, but if you’re selling remember to have your home ready for these Christmas peaks.
The second largest property portal, Zoopla, is launching their biggest advertising campaign ever on Boxing Day to take advantage of these peaks. It is predicted that that 91% of us will see a Zoopla TV ad over its campaign period. Gareth Helm, Chief Marketing Officer for Zoopla Property Group said that their ad will hit our screens “with a big-bang during what is traditionally one of the busiest periods for TV viewing and the property market.” With Rightmove and Zoopla both boasting the benefits of having our home available to view online, we should not ignore them.
With the giving and receiving of gifts, our homes are filled with extra goodies that we need to find a place for. It is easy for your home to become cluttered when the decorations are coming down and Christmas is packed away for another year. Clutter can be extremely distracting for potential buyers as they want to see themselves living in your home, but instead, they will be focusing on the clutter they see. Clutter can also make your rooms feel smaller, and when selling your need to make all efforts to make your room feel bigger. As the seasonal celebrations come to an end, take some time to see your property through the eyes of a buyer as you never know how soon a viewing could be requested and you want to be prepared.
If you are looking to sell your home, there is still time to list before we all take a step back to enjoy the festivities. Contact a member of our sales team today who would be more than happy to help you.
But if you are one of the million starting to look for your new home next year, here are a couple of properties to get your search going.
Love a project
This is the ideal property present for anyone looking for a project. With full planning permission, Knowle Barn could be transformed into a stunning 3 bedroom home perfect of character lovers. It beautifully located on rural land and blessed with views both to the front and rear.
We know buyers will quickly fall in love with this gorgeous 3 bedroom home in Darwen perfect for a family or professionals. With a wonderfully sized kitchen to entertain your guests, whilst the garden, which includes a superb decked area, is where you will spend your time in the summer.
When you step inside the front door of this 2 bedroom terrace you will immediately see the superb quality to which is home has been renovated. Take a look at this kitchen, we are sure you wouldn’t have a problem creating a wealth of delicious treats here.