Why? …There are lots of reasons. By googling “the best time to sell your home” the responses from a variety of sources are overwhelmingly in favour of the spring time, with a variety of explanations.
Firstly, with gardens in bloom and sunnier weather allowing for more time working on the grounds of a property, your home is inevitably looking fresher and more appealing than it has in months. With your house looking it’s best, you can also utilise the blue sky days to get some great photos both inside and out, showing your home at it’s very best; an important factor when considering the sale of your home. The addition of spring flowers, sunnier days and superior photo opportunities will create a great first impression of your home to any potential buyers, whether that be on Rightmove or when viewing. First impressions count, so it is always important to make a good one, a spring backdrop will certainly help to achieve this.
When it comes to viewings, the enhanced kerb appeal will of course help, the longer days will also. Having lighter evenings and less rain will allow for more viewings, potentially putting your home in front of more buyers.
When it comes to buyers in the market place, spring is most definitely a peak season. There are buyers who will have waited for the Christmas chaos and winter months to go away before considering a move. Whilst moving might have been on their list of goals for 2017, many will have taken the decision to hold off until this point.
For parents, this time of year holds many benefits for moving; including moving to be within a catchment area for a good school. School applications usually open in the autumn with Primary school deadlines in January and Secondary school deadlines in October, selling and buying through spring would likely create an early summer move, allowing for plenty of time before the relevant applications need to be made. Parents will also benefit from a spring sell by coinciding the move with the end of the school term, this not only alleviates stress for parents but also gives children sunnier months to make new friends in the area, and have some time over the summer holidays to settle in before the new school year begins. Those without children will also benefit from selling their home in spring, setting a move-in date before a potential holiday and providing summer months to enjoy a brand new garden.
With more buyers in the market, there is therefore a larger choice of properties to choose from, giving a greater chance of finding your dream home. However, with more buyers also looking for their dream home there will, of course, be more competition for popular houses. Putting your home on the market and getting it sold asap will be imperative to increasing your chances of getting your dream home. Say for instance, that the perfect home became available but someone else offered the asking price, by being ahead of the game and already having a buyer lined up for your home, you’ll be in a better position for the owner to choose your offer. In our experience, the best buyer always gets the best home, as an agent it is our job to advise a Client of who the best buyer is, it’s not always a financially driven decision and when there is little between, the vendor will usually go with the more reliable, shorter or most advanced chain to speed the process up.
To successfully sell your home this spring, contact your local branch who will be happy to offer some informal advice or arrange a free valuation of your home at your convenience.
Ash Vale – firstname.lastname@example.org – 01252 353030
Farnborough – email@example.com – 01252 375999
Fleet – firstname.lastname@example.org – 01252 812121
Hook – email@example.com – 01256 764666
Hartley Wintney – firstname.lastname@example.org – 01252 844015
Lettings – email@example.com – 01252 514000