Back

Is Christmas a Good Time to Sell your Home?

December 6, 2023 | Nicola Conneely

Share

Is Christmas a Good Time to Sell your Home?

Did you know the festive season can be an excellent time to sell your home? Yes, many people are thinking about presents, Santa, food and drink, but it can also be an excellent time for you to consider selling your home.

Why? Well, we’ll explain in just a moment

First, though, if you need help deciding whether to sell or if you’re looking to buy a property in London, whatever the season, we can help you. Call us at 0207 459 4400 or email hello@properly.space.

So, is Christmas a good time to sell?

Christmas is when many professionals, such as surveyors and conveyancers, take some time off, meaning the sales process can slow down. But it’s usually only for a couple of days, so if you’ve got all your legal paperwork lined up, efficiency should almost be maintained.

But paperwork aside, what about your property at Christmas?

Present Your Home in the Perfect Light

You may have more available time at Christmas to be able to stage your home ready for viewings. Presenting your property is one of the critical things to do to make prospective buyers picture themselves at home. Little touches showcasing your home as a fantastic, warm and joyful house can help sell the dream to a prospective buyer.

Add Festive Atmospherics

Turn on your outside lights, festive or otherwise. Similarly, some indoor atmospheric lighting shows how welcoming your home is. Don’t go over the top, though! Choose subtle side lamps to cast a soft glow.

Sleigh Ahead of the Game

Many people believe Christmas is not the right time to put their house on the market, so they don’t. But fewer homes on the market means less competition, so it’s a great time to sell. You’ll still be ahead even if the process doesn’t gain momentum until the New Year.

Take advantage of this opportunity and ensure you’ve got everything in place should you accept an offer and your buyers want to move quickly. It may be Christmas, but legal professionals will be available during the holidays. Hold a conversation with conveyancers beforehand, and you’ll know exactly when they are working and how to get hold of them should you need to.

Family Time Leads Online

Another thing to think about is that Christmas is often about family. But spending more time than usual with extended family can take its toll! Escaping online is common. Housebuilders have reported that Christmas Day and Boxing Day are the busiest days for web traffic to their sites.

Families spending time together often prompt talk about the potential for moving to a new house. And what about all those new phones and tablets received as Christmas presents? This presents even more opportunities for going online and potentially searching for properties!

There’s ‘Snow’ Time Like the Present

If you delay putting your house on the market, you’ll ultimately be postponing the sale of it. Based on our experience, we say take advantage and get it listed! Preparing the particulars takes time, as does taking photos and creating floor plans. So, if you set the ball rolling now, you’ve already made the first move. Wait until after Christmas, and you may find more properties coming to market, and your property won’t stand out as much.

New Year, New Move

Christmas can be a great time to move home, but there’s often a lot going on. Remember, though, your move doesn’t have to happen straight away. Be patient, get your processes and planning done, and then, by the time the new year comes around, you could be looking at getting the keys to your new home.

It can be a dream, but you need to set things in motion to make it happen

  • Plan how you will tackle packing for the move
  • Think about whether you can gift things or recycle items
  • Think about getting boxes ready
  • Talk to the conveyancers
  • Search for removal firms
  • Note down who you need to notify

In essence, prepare.

We are here to help guide you through selling your home at Christmas.

So, call our team at Properly at 0207 459 4400, and we will gladly discuss your next steps.

Back