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Selling your house in January

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Spring and Summer is traditionally seen as a good time to put a house on the market, it is the time of year most sellers decide to go for it. Because of the this mindset, selling your house in January comes with some surprising benefits.

We take a look at these benefits and provide some tips on selling your house January.

Benefits to selling your house in January

  • Lack of competition – Selling a house in January is less popular than in the Spring/Summer, resulting in less houses on the market equalling less competition. Because there is less competition, demand for your home is likely to be higher and could lead to a quick sale and a great price.
  • Record number of Rightmove visitors – Christmas Day and Boxing Day see huge numbers of people looking for property online. Last year alone, Rightmove recorded over 2 million visitors to their website, with over 25 million property listings viewed on Boxing Day alone.

Set a realistic asking price

Setting a realistic asking price is important, regardless to what time of year it is. Book a valuation with your local estate agent to get an idea of how much your property is worth. Ask for comparable data of homes that have recently sold, similar to yours, along with information on the current demand in the area. This will help you decide what asking price to set.

“It’s vital that you don’t over inflate the price at this time of year. Be realistic with what you can achieve, otherwise your property may remain on the market a lot longer than necessary.” says Phill Sandbach, Director of John German.

Say yes to day time viewings

Understandably, if you are working it isn’t necessarily easy to arrange viewings during the day. However during the darker winter months, daytime viewings are best. If you are going to find it difficult to carry out viewings, seek out an agent who include accompanied viewings as part of their package. Turning away buyers because you aren’t able to accommodate a viewing isn’t ideal when trying to sell a property.

Make your property warm, cosy and inviting

It’s amazing how much difference switching the heating and lights on can make. Buyers are more likely to ‘warm’ to a property if they feel warm and cosy in it! Have a log burner/fireplace? Make the most of this gorgeous feature by lighting it for every viewing! Just the smell alone will make the house more appealing.

Whilst there are some great benefits to selling a property in January, be sure to take advice from your local estate agent. They will let you know when is the optimal time to sell your house, taking into account demand in the area and current market conditions.

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Date Posted

December 15, 2018

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Katy Storer

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