When’s the best time to sell my house?
In terms of the best time of year to sell, the answer you will hear most often is Spring. This is primarily because people aren’t away for the summer holidays or busy with Christmas celebrations.
Another good thing about spring is that your home will look better when the garden is coming into bloom and the sun is generally out for longer.
- Summer generally isn’t and has never been the best time to sell a home. A lot of people go away and if you’re trying to sell to families, you should remember that they’re either going to be away or having most of their time taken up by child care during the school holidays.
- Autumn can be a good time to sell. If the weather’s mild your home will still look good and there are no major holidays to contend with. Make sure you’re ready to move quickly if you do find a buyer though because after October the market tends to slow right down.
- Winter can be a difficult time to sell, especially before Christmas. If you’re not going to be ready to put your home on the market before December, it’s probably worth waiting until January when people are starting to think about the year ahead.
Are there regional differences?
Seasonal variations are fairly universal but it’s worth having a close look at your local area before entering the market.
What if I’m not ready to sell at the best time of year?
Simply wait until the time is right for you. It’s much more important to choose a time that works for you. If you rush your home on to the market without preparing it and yourself, could set yourself up for a fall. And if you do get a buyer, you want to be able to move as quickly as possible before they can change their mind.
Take some time first to make sure you have your home looking its best. That doesn’t necessarily mean spending thousands of pounds on huge renovation projects – just take some time fixing the little details, such as wonky gates and cracked toilet seats.
I hear the market’s buoyant, should I try and get on it as quickly as possible?
It depends. If you’re thinking of putting your house on the market at one of the traditional low points, such as Christmas or the height of summer, it’s probably worth waiting a while so you can enter it when you’re going to get the maximum amount of attention.
The longer your house is on the market, the more buyers will start to wonder what’s wrong with it.
If a fast sale is what you’re looking for, Offerpal can help. We will shop around cash buying companies to find you best and fastest sale for your property.