Christmas may be over and New Year celebrations are a distant memory. For many, where the festive period is always a traditionally difficult time to put a house on the market, January one of the best months to sell your property.
Why? Well, partly because it is the season of fresh starts as buyers look to the year ahead. In fact, as spring draws closer, it only gets busier. What’s more, it’s before Easter and summer when many families go away on holiday. Therefore, prospective buyers have more time in January and February to look for a dream new home.
However, that doesn’t mean selling a house in January isn’t without its challenges. More competition means sellers must do all they can to market their property effectively.
Get rid of festive clutter
We know that it’s difficult to part with all things festive, but, leaving any trace of Christmas in January will only give the impression that your home isn’t loved. Nobody wants to see a tired tree or discarded tinsel on a January viewing so it’s best to get rid of all traces of the festive period.
Be flexible with viewings
If you can offer viewings during the daytime when it’s lighter, then all the better. However, we understand that work commitments might sometimes get in the way. Instead, try offering viewings on Saturday and Sunday. Remember that if you choose to sell your home through Redrose, we can show viewers around on your behalf.
Create a warm welcome
On dull and gloomy January days, create a warm and inviting environment by opening the curtains, turning on the central heating and switching on the lights. Don’t forget the outside of your property either. Cleaning paintwork and window frames, along with clearing paths and getting rid of garden debris can really boost your selling potential.
Not all estate agents are equal
If you decide that now is the time to sell, then choose your estate agent wisely. We would advise using an experienced agent who has sold similar property to your own and who has a list of potential buyers ready and waiting to view.
Check how your estate agent will market your property and where your home will be listed. For instance, we advertise on Rightmove and Zoopla for maximum exposure and we take professional photography as standard.
We are also the market leaders for selling property in Buckshaw Village and we achieve 97% of the asking price on average.