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Four reasons to get your home ready to sell before Christmas

29th November 2023

Are you are you thinking of selling your home in the new year, but planning to wait until January?

Many wait until well after Christmas to get their home on the market, but there’s still time to get a head-start on 2024 by preparing to sell now.  We’ve already seen a jump this month in the number of home-owners starting the selling process by requesting a property valuation. With more homeowners getting ready to move, we can expect to see more properties for buyers to choose from in the new year.

There are lots of reasons why it’s a great idea to get your home ready before Christmas. We have listed a few below:

1. Be ready for the ‘Boxing Day boom’ in buyer demand

Boxing Day marks the start of the 2024 home-buying season. Every year we see more and more people browsing properties on Rightmove during the post-Christmas Day festive period.  There was a 82% increase to Rightmove between Christmas day and Boxing Day during 2022, so it’s a hugely valuable time if you want to make sure your home is going to be seen by lots of potential buyers. Our Residential Manger, Jo Woollam says

“We see a surge in the number of people searching for property from Boxing Day onwards year on year. Many of those additional buyers will also be new sellers who have held back until this period, judging it to be a good time to sell and to move in 2024.”

2. Get your photographs taken now — before festive decorations date your listing

You might decide you want your property advert to go live a few weeks but ask our team to get your professional photos done before you put your festive decorations up.

3. Do the preparation now, sell when you’re ready

Getting your home ready to sell doesn’t need to mean viewings will start next week. ‘It’s kind of like getting your Christmas shopping done early — a big tick off the list.’ We would recommend you arrange your property valuation, instruct us to sell your home and finalise the details of your property listing, so whenever you’re ready, we are ready too.  If you’re worried about having time to tidy up after Christmas, you could put your home on the market on Boxing Day, but arrange for viewings to start during the first week in January. This will also give time to generate lots of interest in your home. 

4. Become a ‘power-buyer’ so you’re in a strong position when you do find ‘the one’

If you decide to put your home on the market before Christmas – and you’re able to secure a buyer early in the New Year – you’ll be putting yourself in a great position when you find your next home.

If you are interested in selling your home, please contact us today by emailing or click on the link below and our friendly team will be in touch with you.

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