Tips for vendors over Christmas

15 Oct 2019

Our shopping centres are already adorned with Christmas decorations and it’s all systems go – the festive season is upon us!
This can be a major turn off for potential vendors, as there is nothing worse than increasing the anticipation and anxiety that Christmas already brings than listing a property for sale. However, with a late Spring
selling season, there seems to be plenty of buyers circling the market at this time. Not only this, but these buyers are keen to move and settle their family into a new home just in time for Christmas or the start of
the new school year in February.
The approaching holiday deadline causes havoc in the property market,
but it is important to remember, sales can be completed right up until Christmas Eve – so you are not too late! If you’re a vendor with your property on the market, consider the following:

Choose the right agent
Make sure you select the right agent for your property. Do your research and find an experienced agent with a solid buyer database who really knows your local area. Choose an agent that seems pro-active, with the ability to find the right buyer for your property.

Organise inspections and reports
Take initiative and organise a building and pest report which can be viewed by potential buyers. Not only could this speed up the selling process, it will also help you to identify any issues needing taken care of.

Make sure the price is right
We’ve mentioned it before, but we will say it again – be sensible when pricing your property. Listen to your agent’s advice and even conduct some of your own research to see if you think it’s an achievable price.

Offer an extended settlement
If you’re in no rush to sell before Christmas, consider extending your settlement terms to early next year – say Feb or March 2019. This will give the buyer a chance to sell their own property throughoutJanuary and February, most likely appealing to a broader range of potential buyers.

Be domestic
Make sure your give your property a quick spruce – clean your carpets, wash the windows, touch up paintwork, polish tiles and tidy garden beds. You’ll be surprised how little things can make huge differences to the overall picture.

Keep cool with the decorations
We know it is a festive time of year, but that doesn’t mean you should clutter your home with holiday decorations. Keep in mind that buyers are looking for their dream home, and a magnitude of fussy Christmas decorations can often distract from the good qualities of the home. Take a subtle approach this year and opt for a smaller Christmas tree or just some simple decorations. It will be less for you to pack away in the long term anyway!

Don’t wait any longer
Don’t waste any time in marketing your home. Showcase it widely online, including social media, to let buyers know it is available and ready for purchase.

Be accommodating
If potential buyers are interested in viewing your property outside of the scheduled home open times, try and be accommodating! This could be a serious buyer who has viewed your property online and wants to take a closer look. Remember, it can be a busy time for everyone, so a little cooperation could go a long way!
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