Christmas is still a long way away and hopefully you aren’t having to spend too much time thinking about it. There will be some people with a lot of things to arrange who like to plan as early as possible but for most of us, the start of September is not a time to worry about the festive season. It is not even a time to be worried about Halloween. However, if you are a Petersfield homeowner who would like to sell your home by Christmas, it is best that you make plans as soon as possible.
The main reason you should start making plans is that the average length of time for a property sale, from the moment an offer is accepted to the moving date is 13 weeks. At the beginning of September, there is only 17 weeks to Christmas. This doesn’t give you much time to get everything sorted and even the best property moves are likely to experience a blip or two. At Williams of Petersfield, we are pleased to say that we are property market experts and we have helped many Petersfield residents sell their home. However, even we have experienced some challenging matters when selling property and we recommend having as much time as possible.
Households want to be ready for a fun Christmas
It is understandable that households will have a deadline for selling their home. Christmas is an event that draws people together and there is a great deal to be said for having the family together at that time of year. No one wants to celebrate Christmas in a home filled with moving boxes or in a house with no decorations up because you are keeping the property clear to welcome prospective buyers.
It is common that homeowners start with a date they want to have moved by and then work backwards to start the selling process. We have helped many clients work in this matter. Issues like school holidays, job issues and significant dates for people have all shaped the moving process but it would be fair to say that the festive period has influenced many decisions in the property market.
Has Christmas planning impacted on asking prices?
Some industry experts have cited the impending festive deadline as a reason why asking prices has dipped across the country. There is still a notable gap between sales prices and asking prices in the UK but in the past month, asking prices have been lowered. Even though there are many influencing factors to consider, it has been noted that a desire to have a property deal concluded in time for Christmas may have shaped the thoughts of some sellers and the asking price they have been happy to set.
At Williams of Petersfield, we are on hand to help you sell your home in an effective and efficient manner, no matter the time of year. If thoughts of Christmas impact on your plans, come and speak to us and we will do what we can to help you sell your home.