You may think that it is far too early to consider Christmas but there are some people who must prepare in advance. If you have a big family or you want to ensure that you use your budget in the most appropriate manner, it is only natural to plan early. If you’re organising a party, you’ll need to book a venue and entertainer in advance to ensure you have a reason to celebrate and if you work in retail, you need to plan months in advance. There is also the fact that if you want to sell your home in time for Christmas, you need to be active now.
The Manchester Christmas market may conjure up images of lights, overcrowded streets and overpriced goods but in the property market, the Manchester Christmas market is relevant for people looking to be settled in a new home in a timely fashion for New Year. The market grinds to a halt over the festive period and at the start of the New Year, so unless you want to find your property plans stalling for a few months, it is best to have everything concluded in advance of the festivities.
Be aware of average moving times in property market
The average time it takes for property deals to be concluded, from the time an offer is accepted to moving day is 13 weeks. When you consider that we are now into September, with just 16 weeks between the start of the month and Christmas Day, there isn’t a lot of leeway. At Peter Anthony, we are well skilled and experienced in selling homes but with so many external parties involved in the process, there may be times when even we can’t speed up the process.
Get ready to sell your home soon
Therefore, if you are looking to sell before the festive period, you should be ready to place your property onto the market as soon as you can. Hiring the services of a skilled and experienced estate agent makes sense, and there are also some changes you can carry out at the property, including:
- Take advantage of the good days of autumn to ensure your garden area is tidy and well-presented
- Declutter your property to create more space and minimise your personal artefacts
- Clean the property to the highest standard
- Be clear on your finances and what you can afford
If you follow these steps, you will be well prepared to sell your home. Of course, you are not alone in a desire to sell your property before the festive period. In fact, some property specialists have cited the desire to sell before Christmas as a factor in the slight decrease in asking prices in the past month.
The gap between asking prices and sales prices has been notable of late but with many vendors looking to sell their home as quickly as they can, lower asking prices are the order of the day of late.
If a Christmas deadline encourages you to sell your home, come and speak with Peter Anthony and we will do what we can to assist you.