January often gets a bad rap as one of the worst times of the year to sell. But in fact, it might not just be a good idea, it might be a great idea!
Spring is typically known as the best time of year to sell, but that also means that your home may have more competition, giving buyers the advantage. Putting your property on the market at the beginning of the year gives you an opportunity to stand out from the crowd. With fewer properties to choose from, more potential buyers will get to see your home.
New year, new home
Many people view the New Year as a time to start planning their home and life investments, so they start to look at listings in January. Also, people looking to move before the school year commences, are keen to buy quickly. During the Summer holidays, people who are thinking of purchasing, have the time to research properties online and transition into serious buyers. Make sure your online listing is up-to-date and has plenty of appealing photos to increase your chances of a successful sale.
Increase your chance of a successful result
Some buyers are often desperate to purchase before the holidays, and real estate agents are desperate to get their houses off the market before they go on holidays, so properties are usually bought before Christmas. That means when January comes along, there are very few listings, so more potential buyers will view your property and the people viewing your property are more serious buyers. This increases your chances of a successful sale in a historically quiet market.
Focus on your home’s best assets
Summer is when properties with pools and outdoor entertainment areas really stand out. Buyers can instantly imagine themselves living there and soaking up the beautiful warm weather. Before open house inspections, make sure your pool and deck are sparkling clean and appealing. You can make your outdoor area look even more relaxing by adding some pot plants, comfy chairs and styled cushions.
If your home gets cold and dark during the winter, selling in Summer can make your property look even more appealing. Natural light entering the home helps make the rooms look even brighter and warmer. Hiring a property stylist might be an option for you.
Being organised to sell this Summer
For sellers, January is often a time of year that is overlooked, but it can have many advantages. Serious buyers are still out house-hunting and it should be easier for your property to stand out, increasing your chances of a successful result. Be sure to line up conveyancers early on in the process, so you are prepared to move quickly when you receive an offer. Consider Helen Romanowski from BLHL Property Conveyancing. Helen is an expert in her field and works closely with all of our mortgage brokers to provide clients with assistance when purchasing or selling property.