Mustard’s Top Tips for Selling Your Home in Winter
Christmas and New Year are often thought of as a stressful time of year, and plans to put your house on the market often fall on the back burner. However, this time of year can actually be the perfect time to get the wheels in motion! The prospect of a fresh new year can give buyers the motivation to put plans in place to move. Plus, people have more free time over the festive period to sit down and browse for their new home – Rightmove say that Boxing Day is actually their busiest day of the year!
Read our trusty guide on how to maximise your chances of a swift sale in winter:
Choose the best estate agent: Ask lots of questions and make sure you’re happy with the agent’s local knowledge, marketing strategy and the portals they use. Above all make sure they’re expert in selling homes just like yours.
List at a realistic asking price: Get valuations from three estate agents and resist the urge to go with the highest one. The asking price needs to appeal to buyers and make your property stand out if you want a swift sale.
De-clutter: From the loft to the kitchen cupboards, mercilessly declutter.
Make sure photos are stunning: Buyers look at a picture on an advert for just three seconds before making a decision.
Choose the right buyer: When you get an offer be as sure as possible that the buyer can complete. Ask to see a letter from a mortgage lender confirming that finance is agreed.
Reduce search delays: One of the most common causes of delays is local authority searches, which can take weeks. Ask your buyer to contact the local council to start the process as soon as you accept their offer.
Prepare paperwork in advance: Contact a solicitor, tell them you’re selling and ask for a draft contract. Then when you accept a buyer’s offer the paperwork is ready to go. Cutting out weeks of potential delays.
Dig out your property title deeds: You’ll need them when you sell.
Choose a solicitor: Then confirm if the work over the Christmas period. Put that agreement in writing.
Keep in touch: Keep calling, emailing and encouraging all parties, from the estate agent to the solicitor, to keep up momentum and push through the sale.