Tue 05 Dec 2023
We get asked this question a lot at Hoopers Estate Agents! And we can definitely say no, don’t take your house off the market just because it’s Christmas!
Now is an ideal time to have your property listed for sale, and you really ought to be instructing a pro-active estate agency just like Hoopers Estate Agents in Neasden to get moving.
We think December is a great time to sell your North London home, and here are five reasons why…
1. It’s quieter – but buyers are still looking!
There are other things on many people’s minds, such as buying presents, getting the house dressed for the Christmas festivities, or looking forward to spending time with close family.
But people are also still looking for the right property to buy in North London. Website traffic shoots up over Winter. People are at home more, and they have a bit more time to browse properties. Some might just be being nosey, but many will be looking to move.
Rightmove always report high traffic levels during December, even on Christmas Day afternoon and Boxing Day!
Tip: Choose an estate agent who understands the importance of marketing on the internet, particularly during the winter months. If you’re struggling to think of one – it’s us!
2. Winter can be Welcoming …
Decorations are up, family pictures with smiling faces are displayed. What a lovely setting and how warm a feeling will a potential buyer get when they step into your home?
You’ll want them to fall in love with your home, just as you did when you made the decision to purchase, and you want them to picture themselves living there in the coming years.
Tip: Set the scene. Fragranced candles or air fresheners help to create a lovely atmosphere. Perhaps you can create a small display of winter twigs with a splash of colour from holly berries.
3. But… Don’t go over the top!
You want your home to be welcoming and seasonal. What you don’t want is a mess of blingy decorations inside and out. You want people to see the house and imagine being there. Keep it classy, don’t go tacky!
Tip: Decorate but do not go over the top! You want to create an impression, and a stylish setting will work best with a two-colour theme throughout.
4. Plan for the New Year and Beat the Rush
While it is often quieter over Winter, many people see New Year as the time when they will buy somewhere new to live. A New Year, new house, new chapter in their lives.
What better time to market your house to these buyers?! If others are deciding to wait before selling, you can stand out in the property market and be noticed. Moving home does take time, but if you’re able to get ahead of the game, you’re winning.
Tip: It’s all about planning. Do your research so that when an offer does come, you’re ready to get the process moving. Choose a conveyancer, sort finances, get recommendations for a removal company, think about packing and consider whether you will need to downsize your belongings.
5. Time to Get Your Own House in Order
In Winter, you’re more likely to spend time at home. During this period you could be preparing your house for sale by tidying up the garden, doing the DIY jobs you’ve been putting off, cleaning windows, and clearing gutters.
When you’ve done this, your house will be sparklingly clean and ready to present. By putting it on the market, you’re giving yourself a deadline and a purpose to get things done. And, as we said earlier, you can take advantage of those potential buyers who are spending Winter looking for their next home sweet home.
Tip: Write yourself a list of things to do around your home. Then make your home beautiful and ready to sell.
If you’re thinking of putting your Brent house on the market, please get in touch with our friendly team at Hoopers Estate Agents in Neasden, and we can explain the next steps.
Get in touch today on 020 8450 1633.