Enjoy the festive period but don’t let the hangover last until Spring.

Christmas is almost upon us with only 3/4 weeks to go until, for most, the festivities and over indulgence begins. Those thinking of selling their home will now put this firmly to the back of their minds and will be replaced with thoughts of presents, sleeping in front of the TV and Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.

However, this may be the perfect time to consider selling and preparing the house to hit the market after the party season has finished. Traditionally the months of January and February see less properties arrive for sale but is an excellent time to sell as the majority of house sellers will normally wait until Spring to sell. What does this mean for you if you decide to sell sooner?

  1. Less houses for sale increases your chance of a quicker successful sale and hopefully more than the Home Report value. Giving you peace of mind.
  2. You will be in a strong position to purchase a property a little later with more choice available.
  3. More buyers will be inclined to take your offer as you have been pro-active and are less of a risk than a buyer who has yet to sell.
  4. As you will have more choice, due to the increase in properties for sale, you will be less inclined to make a panic purchase then going through the process again in six months’ time.   

If you have decided that you are not going to extend, renew the kitchen or replace the bathroom, but instead sell your home in the New Year, I would urge you to book a free valuation now to prepare for the beginning of 2018 staying ahead of your competitors and make appropriate plans to ensure your house stands out against what little competition you will have.

At Blackadders we offer professional photography, quality brochures with floor-plans, buyers’ bank, social media (Twitter & Facebook), extended opening hours and website portals that suit your individual needs, all as standard.

Enjoy the festive period but don’t let the hangover last until Spring. Be two steps ahead.

Neil Fyall – Estate Agency

Senior Property Branch Manager

Three good reasons to market your property in Winter

The traditional mind-set of most sellers is to market their property in Spring. I can see the logic to this as we start to see more daylight and gardens are once again presentable. However, I would highlight a few less obvious reasons to get in ahead of the crowd:

1. There are less competing properties coming to the market during winter. This increases your chances of interest, viewings and of course offers.

2. A lot of buyers don’t choose when they are in a position to buy. This is an important point as most sales are part of a chain it’s worth keeping in mind that your buyer may sell in winter through no choice of theirs. This then frees them up to make an offer on a property, which could be yours.

3. The internet is another reason that the market moves all year round. Buyers can now access a huge amount of information and media from the comfort of their own home. Between extensive photography, floor plans and in some cases video footage in addition to the home report, a buyer really can accumulate significant knowledge before setting foot through the door. This makes life so much easier for buyers and breaks down the traditionally seasonal barriers.

As someone who chose to market their property in December in recent years I can honestly say I have put my money where my mouth is!

If you would like to look further into marketing your property contact Blackadders for a free, no-obligation property valuation. We would be delighted to assist you in making an informed decision.

Brian Main, Estate AgencyBrian Main
Angus Area Manager