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Should You Sell in Summer?

Saturday, June 16, 2018

It’s widely reputed that the best time to sell your property is spring. The weather is nice enough to make your property look its best, but not so nice that it distracts potential buyers and the newness of the season gets lots of people thinking about a new start of their own.

Some people belive that Summer, alternatively, should be avoided. Why? Well, take your pick. School holidays mean childcare has to come before house hunting. Summer holidays mean half of your potential buyers could be abroad. And warm weather means most people would rather be outside enjoying the sun than viewing houses. So if you’re planning on listing your home, should you avoid the summer months at all cost? Not necessarily.

“Historically, spring and autumn are known as the best seasons to sell your home, but the height of summer is not necessarily as bad as people think,” says Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals.
“It is true that the six weeks of school summer holidays can be quieter as families jet off on holiday and take downtime. However, extra time off can give people space to think about their home and any possible shortcomings. It’s the perfect time for a homeowner to start browsing properties online on a tablet while enjoying an afternoon in the sun. As fewer homes are on the market, it means the properties that are available will stand out more.”

Ian says a great benefit of selling over summer is that your home will look better than any other season. “Blue skies always make a home look more appealing, and the garden will be at its best. Most buyers look online first, so great photos taken in the summer will make your home stand out, even if it’s still on the market in early autumn.”

Still unconvinced? Well the idea that summer is a bad time to sell was well and truly debunked in 2017 as one of the most active months for the agent in terms of new properties coming onto the market was August.

In our opinion with the right marketing, a sensible approach to price and getting your property decluttered and viewing ready means this time of the year with longer nights and prettier gardens could be the best time to put your property on the market and plan your next move. 

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Important Information
All property sales and the financial advice that surrounds them are as unique as the people engaging in the transaction. It is important to not make a decision without seeking professional advice. If you want to sell your home and are considering redecorating before marketing, speak to one of our Property Professionals to get the best advice for presenting your home for sale before making any investment.

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