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When is the best time of year to sell my house?

Published: 12th September 2018

When is the best time of year to sell my house?

In principle, you can sell your house at any time of year. In practice, there are certain times of year in which there tends to be a particularly high level of buyer activity and so, if you have a choice, these would usually be your preferred times for putting your house on the market. Here’s a brief guide to the four seasons from a house selling perspective.

Spring

Spring is generally considered to be the best time of year to sell your home and there are lots of practical reasons for this. Humans don’t usually get to hibernate in winter (much as many of us might like to) but we don’t necessarily want to go out of our way to be active either.

Come spring, however, many of us are only too ready to shake off our winter cobwebs and make a fresh start and if we know our near future will involve a house move, we’re eager to get on with it.

Families with children will normally be particularly keen to get everything sorted before school-holiday season.

Spring is also a great time to present a house for sale, especially if you have a garden as the combination of longer days and warmer weather makes it easier to take action to make your home look its best, plus it’s generally more feasible to open windows and even doors to keep it smelling its best.

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Summer

You might think that if spring is a good time to sell your home, then summer, which is even warmer, would be an even better time. Sadly you’d be wrong.

Although it’s probably the time when your garden is at its bounteous best, it’s also the time when many people want to be outside having fun rather than focusing on the serious business of house hunting.

In addition, parents with children will have the school holidays to manage. What’s more, if temperatures really rise in summer, people can feel as drained of energy as they do in the coldness of winter.

All in all, summer is generally low season for the housing market.

Autumn

After spring, autumn is the best time of year to put your home on the market. People have had their summer break and early autumn is generally characterised by a “back-to-school” vibe, which can even be transmitted to people who left school years ago and don’t have children.

Parents will be able to get back into their standard routine and know that they only have the short, half-term break to manage further down the line. Temperatures are cooling, but can still be pleasant and the outdoors can look absolutely spectacular.

One key point to selling a home in autumn is to be ready to move quickly since buyers on the hunt at this time of year will tend to be eager to have everything done and dusted by Christmas so that they can enjoy the festive season in their new home and even if they’re not, the people you will need for the practicalities of the sale (such as conveyancers) are likely to take a well-earned break over the festive period.

Winter

Winter is generally considered to be the worst time of the year to sell a home and if you must do it, then it can be best to wait until January to put your home on the market.

This will not only allow you to have your home listed as being newly for sale at a time when some buyers will be trying to get in ahead of the game but also give you a better chance of being able to proceed smoothly with your sale as property professionals will be back at their desks.

In summary

While it’s true that when you put your home on the market can have a significant impact on how much attention it attracts, you don’t need to despair too much if you have to put your home on the market in a low period as there are always some buyers actively looking for property at all times of year.

The important point is to do everything you can to make your home attractive to buyers and to remain committed to securing a sale even if it takes a bit longer than you’d ideally like.

In particular, you need to keep on top of the general condition of your home, especially in winter, so that if your agent secures a viewing, you can prepare for it at very short notice just by adding a bit of polish to what you have already done, instead of having to run around in a panic to fix issues or, worse still, leaving them unfixed.

If you found this article useful and you are considering selling your Manchester property then please contact our local area experts at Portfolio8 who are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, why not use our free online valuation tool to see how much your property is worth!

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