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Are you planning to sell your house in January? Act now or miss the boat!

Are you planning to sell your house in January? Act now or miss the boat!

NEWS Kevin Parson 7th December 2017

Are you selling your house after Christmas?  Are you planning to sell your house in the new year?  Would you like to sell your property in January?  Is January a good time to sell my house?  Should I sell my house in January?

Christmas is almost here once again, and I’m guessing that the last thing on most people’s mind is selling their home BUT if you are seriously considering selling your home early in the new year, you may want to read on….

Are you aware that Boxing Day and New Year’s Day are the two busiest days for online property browsing in the UK?... 

This may surprise you, but if you actually sit down and think about it, it makes sense.  Most of the months in the build-up to Christmas will have been spent planning ahead, Christmas shopping and generally preparing for the busiest social day in our calendar.  Once Christmas day is over and Boxing Day arrives, many of us find ourselves relaxing on the sofa, watching a movie, or perhaps picking up our laptop to browse holidays or look for a new home.  Christmas is known for being a time of year when people take stock of their lives and evaluate their circumstances, often including their home.  Perhaps they want to move somewhere bigger to accommodate a growing family, or maybe they just fancy a change; either way, you don’t want to miss out on that Boxing Day potential.

What should I do now?

It makes sense to start the ball rolling now.  Give your estate agent a call and have a chat about putting together a marketing plan now while the market is quiet.

Too many people wait until January before they instruct their agent.  It’s simply too late – the market normally quietens down again around mid-January and it takes at least 2 weeks to get the house on the market.

Don’t lose out on potential buyers…

Your estate agent can spend the next few weeks preparing the perfect marketing package for your house.

There’s a lot to do before a house can go onto the market.  The agent must arrange for a professional photographer to visit your home and take some perfect shots; next they must arrange for a floorplan to be compiled which involves measuring up every area of your home; after this they will spend a while choosing and compiling the perfect ‘wording’ for your brochure (this should never be rushed, and be very wary of any estate agent that promises to have your house on the market in days!).  The details and photos must then be uploaded onto a number of websites so they are ready to ‘go live’ when the time is right.

As you can see, it’s not a 2-minute job

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