Selling your home is a huge step and you’re likely to hear a lot of advice about when to sell. Of course, exactly when you sell your house depends on when you’re ready, but there are other factors to consider when it comes to timing. Read on to find out what these are.
Which season should I sell my house in?
Generally, spring is considered the best time to sell a house. This is because people aren’t busy with Christmas preparations and celebrations, and tend not to be away for holidays. From an aesthetic viewpoint, homes can also look more pleasant during the springtime, when gardens are coming into bloom and the sun has started to stay out for longer in the evenings.
It’s not uncommon for families to look for a new home in the spring, because they may be hoping to complete their purchase by the time autumn comes around so that moving doesn’t clash with the children going back to school.
Autumn can also be a good time to put your house on the market. If the weather hasn’t taken a wintry turn, your home and garden should still look pleasing, particularly if you have trees nearby that have taken on the golden colours of the season. There are also no big holidays taking up potential buyers’ time at this point in the year. If you do choose to sell your home in autumn, make sure you sweep any excess leaves from the garden before viewings, as these could be seen as untidy by prospective buyers.
Winter is arguably the most difficult time to sell a house, but there are a few benefits to selling your home in the colder months. Make sure your home is warm and comforting when potential buyers cross the threshold having been out in the cold. This can be done by making use of the heating and bathing your rooms and hallways in soft, warm light.
Summer is also a difficult time to sell, because buyers, surveyors and solicitors are more likely to be away on holiday outside of the school term. Children being out of school for the season might make it tricky for parents to have time to look for a property, which means that the market may be quieter.
Other factors to consider
Seasonal variations affect pretty much all areas of the UK, but there are some other factors that might impact the timing of your property sale. These include:
Roadworks happening on your street
Though roadworks are only temporary, it can be quite off-putting for potential buyers if they come to view your house when the road is partially dug up, or if they can hear noisy machinery being operated close by. Before putting your home on the market, it might be worth checking with your local council to see if any planning permissions have been granted for work nearby.
Your home is not ready to sell
What’s most important of all in deciding when to sell your house is choosing a time that works best for you. Rushing to get your home on the market without preparing the property for sale could lead to a lack of offers from potential buyers.
Before making the first steps toward selling, take a bit of time to get your house looking it’s very best. This doesn’t necessarily mean taking on huge renovation projects and spending thousands of pounds; instead, just focus on the little details and quick fixes, such as fixing cracked tiles or applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls. Read our guide on adding value to your home on a budget for more ideas about how to get your home ready for selling without spending too much money.
How Much is Your Property Worth?
Get a FREE instant valuation
Correct at time of publication (19th August 2019). The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the individual contributor and do not necessarily reflect those of the Chancellors Group of Estate Agents Ltd or its subsidiaries. References to legislation, best practice and other matters with legal implications such as fees, rules and processes are included for information and editorial purposes only and are not authoritative, nor should they be interpreted as advice. When in doubt you should only take advice from an industry professional or solicitor where appropriate. E&OE.