It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so isn’t it a bit soon to be talking about moving home next summer?
Usually, this time of year is all about office parties, family gatherings and frantic last-minute shopping, but Christmas 2022 is more than just the season to be jolly. It’s also an important date if you’re planning to move home in the summer 2023.
That’s mainly because a conveyancing logjam is delaying many sales by months, causing countless nail-biting moments.
Rightmove recorded an average time of 150 days this year between accepting an offer and moving out. Let’s say you put your home on the market today and found a buyer within a month; a realistic moving date could already be June.
If you have any kind of deadline, like getting a school place in an oversubscribed catchment area or relocating for work, it’s essential to give yourself enough time to make that happen.
But don’t fret, because Christmas has some unique, once-a-year advantages to finding a buyer. So, whether your home is already on the market or you’re preparing to sell soon, our blog this week is all about using this festive season to secure your summer 2023 move.
The days of the property market shutting down for Christmas are long gone. Now, searching for a home is just as festive as mince pies and mistletoe.
So, if you’ve been gearing up to sell in the new year, here’s why it could be worth bringing forward your plans:
It’s also worth mentioning that January is traditionally when lots of homes hit the market, so you can get ahead of those sellers and avoid getting lost in an ocean of competition by making your home available this year.
Visitor numbers to property portals like Rightmove and Zoopla go through the roof on Boxing Day and into the new year, so whether you’re starting selling, switching to a new agent, or simply changing your price, you have the opportunity to reach the year’s biggest audience.
If you do want to launch or relaunch your home on Boxing Day, you’ve still got just enough time. Give us a call on 01722 580059 or email us at email@example.com so we can start getting everything ready.
When done right, Christmas decorations can make your home even more saleable, and the Scandinavians have mastered the art with their pared-downhygge style. So take a leaf out of their book this year to create an irresistible cosiness that highlights your home’s finer features.
One final thing to remember is that more viewings happen after dark in winter than any other time of year, so take a look at our blog on Evening Viewings to create the perfect atmosphere.
Even if buyers don’t come to view until after the new year, many of them hop in the car over the holidays to look at homes from the outside. So give them something to remember you by with a tasteful touch of seasonal charm.
Now the front of your home looks irresistibly inviting, why not continue the magic into your garden or balcony with our previous Winter Gardens blog?
Local lifestyle is part of every buyer’s decision when choosing a home, so talk to your agent about highlighting your neighbourhood’s atmosphere at this time of year within your property description and photos.
Think about including:
If you’ve got photos from last year, you could leave out a mini album for your viewers to show just how magical the neighbourhood gets at Christmas.
Do you want to move in time for summer 2023?
If you live in the Wilton & Salisbury area and you’d like to sell your home and move in time for summer, we’d love to help you on your way.
Call us on 01722 580059 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chat about your plans, and let’s start putting them in place.
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