Is winter a bad time to sell a house?

Traditionally, winter hasn’t been seen as the best time to sell – but in fact there are several benefits to selling your house in winter.

If you’re looking to sell in winter, here are just a few reasons you shouldn’t be disheartened or decide to delay until Spring.

A seller’s market

Because of the outdated stigma around selling your house in winter, there are typically fewer houses on the market.

So you’ll enjoy greater visibility and less competition, which should result in more buyer enquiries.

And of course, with fewer properties available to compare, you may secure a higher price for your home.

Fewer ‘tyre kickers’

People who browse the property market without any real intention of buying are less likely to bother during winter.

If someone has made an appointment to view, then it’s likely they’re interested, or at least serious about searching.

This lessens the likelihood of wasted time and energy getting your place to ‘show home’ standard just to satisfy the curiosity of window shoppers.

Fresh starters

Although it’s one of the coldest times of year, January is still seen by many as a month of new opportunities.

And there’s no fresher start than a new home – which is why many people choose to move in the new year.

Plus, with a buyer that has such a proactive mindset, they’re likely to dawdle less and be decisive, meaning things should move quickly.

Winter warmers

By doing something as simple as ensuring your house is as warm and inviting as it can be for potential buyers, you can improve your chances.

If viewers feel physically better as soon as they enter your home, that’s a first impression that’s hard to beat.

Put the fire on or turn up the radiators, light the Christmas scented candles and encourage people to take their coats off and feel at home.

Dress for success

If you’re welcoming viewings during December, your street could look magical, with seasonal lights and decorations.

Make sure you keep up with the neighbours and get into the Christmas spirit – aim for welcoming but not garish.

Even snow could prove a selling point – if your roof is under a few inches but your property is still warm and dry, buyers will be reassured.

Looking to sell your property this winter?

By understanding seasonal trends and the local market in and around Chorley, we sell properties all year round.

To speak to a member of our helpful team about selling your home at any time of year, please get in touch today.

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