People sometimes think that Christmas is a slow time of the year for the housing market, but that’s not always the case. The housing market in Leicester is constantly moving, no matter what time of year it is.
Aside from the busy school holidays, the Christmas period is the second most popular time of the year for people to take annual leave from work. Leaving plenty of time for people to view potential new houses between Christmas and New Year. It’s a great time to put your home on the market! It is a well-known fact that once people have opened their presents and are enjoying some ‘down time’ on Boxing day, traffic massively increases on sites such as Zoopla and Rightmove as buyers begin searching for their dream home. So, having your home on their whilst their browsing during Christmas can only be a good thing!
Here’s some little tips and tricks we’ve picked up that make selling a home during the Christmas period a lot easier:
Keep decorations at a minimal – less can often be more when selling your home. Aim for tasteful, non-distracting decorations. Keep to one colour of tinsel and baubles that complements your existing colour scheme for a stylish look, and don’t go overboard with the amount of decorating you do.
Keep your Christmas decorating in line with the style of your property – cottages suit traditional and classic styles whereas new apartments can take more contemporary decorating. Keeping in style means your decorations become part of the house rather than competing with or over-shadowing it.
Make sure your Christmas tree isn’t too big for the room – in the same way as wedging a king-size bed into a small double bedroom will make that room appear very cramped, an over-sized tree will also make your room seem smaller than it is. Size matters with rooms, so scale back your tree size to complement and enhance your room, and make sure viewers don’t have to squeeze past the tree to get to the window or the next room.
Don’t clutter your home – Be conscious that all the extra things we tend to have in our houses over December can make the house look very cluttered. Extra furniture for guests, bags of presents and giant food stocks take up valuable space you need to be showing off so try to keep these items out of sight for viewings.
Why not get your property on the market mid-late December, pre-empting the influx of buyers and give your home the best possible chance of achieving a sale at the beginning of January. Showcasing your home in December potentially means it will not be lost amongst the numerous properties coming to the market, giving it chance to take the spotlight.
It is well known that the UK Leicester property market is in high demand and Christmas makes no exception so, this works beautifully in the property seller’s favour. Talk to one of our expert property consultants today. Call 0116 243 7938 or email firstname.lastname@example.org