Why January is a good time to put your house on the market
Many people typically think of winter as one of the worst times of year to sell your home. The property market is generally quiet during the winter months, with fewer properties on the market and less people looking to buy.
But in the first weeks of the New Year, there’s a significant spike in demand. Following the lull over Christmas, buyers come to the market in search of a new property so that they can start fresh in the new year.
Add to that the fact that people are back to work and the ‘real world’ after the hectic festive period, and it’s no wonder there’s a spike in interest.
In fact, views on Rightmove increased by more than 10 million between the 2nd and 8th Jan 2018 compared to 26th December to 1st January - so the first week of the new year is a great opportunity to get your property in front of as many people as possible.
Beat the rush by booking a valuation with us today
If you’re looking to move, it’s best to get things going quickly so that you can get to the market before your competition.
On the first days of January, there are usually fewer properties listed despite the higher number of people looking to buy. So, getting in there early and having your property ready to list on 2nd January puts you at a real advantage and gives you a head start with your new year move.
You’re probably worried that your Christmas will be interrupted by getting your home ready to market. We know you’ll be wanting to enjoy time with your friends and family – and that’s why we do most of the legwork for you ahead of Christmas, so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the mulled wine.
Once our expert local agents have carried out your free home valuation, we’ll be able to work with you to get the paperwork done quickly and easily so your property’s ready to list as soon as the new year begins.
Giving your home the exposure it deserves
When you choose to list your property with Darlows, you don’t just get an agent with in-depth local knowledge and excellent customer service. You’ll also get access to the latest technology to make sure your home is noticed at a time when more people are actively looking for new properties.
We use our state-of-the-art marketing technology FLINK, to reach the right people on social media with an ad showing off your property. Our system learns who’s interested in your home and then constantly refines the people it shows your ads to so that you’re reaching the buyers who are looking for a place just like yours.
All our properties are also marketed on popular sites such as Rightmove and OnTheMarket, as well as on our own website.
How to get your property ready for sale in the New Year
We’ll do everything we can to make the process of listing your property as quick and stress-free as possible. But there are a few small things you can do to give you the edge.
- Clean up Christmas clutter: when you’re ready to start arranging viewings for your property, take down Christmas decorations and tidy away the festive debris. This will help to make your home look spacious, neat and well-kept. Remember – first impressions count!
- Create a cosy atmosphere: it’s likely buyers will be looking for a warm, cosy place to ride out the freezing winter months. Use warm lighting such as lamps or candles, light the fire, and keep the house warm if there’s a viewing.
- Carry out any last-minute repairs: Been meaning to repaint that scuffed wall for a while? Or fix that cracked tile? If you have time, a lick of paint can really make a difference to the look and feel of a room.