The trend for house hunting in the “Twixmas” period between Christmas and New Year is on the rise, as people are using the long break and their brand new tablets and smartphones (thanks Santa) to start their online search. In fact, last year Zoopla reported a whopping 6.4 million visits between Christmas and the New Year.
Thinking of selling? Here are our top tips on how to make the most of this surge in buyer interest…
Instruct an agent
If you want your house to sell for the best price possible, you need to instruct an agent in December who will be able to get the property on the market in time for the flood of interest in the “Twixmas” rush.
Don't instruct an agent purely based on the fact that they gave the highest property valuation.
Many agents will give a high, unrealistic valuation to entice the seller, even though they know fully well they won’t be able to sell the property at that price. They will therefore sign the seller up on a long contract, so they’ll be able to convince them to drop the price after the property has been on the market for a while.
A realistic, accurate valuation will ensure your property sells much more quickly.
There’s no point in making sure your property stands out from the crowd if no one is going to see it. At Portico, we make sure we maximise the exposure your property achieves through setting it up as a featured advert on the major property portals, Rightmove and Zoopla. We will also advertise your property on our own website, which receives over 100,000 visits per month.
But we don’t just advertise your property, we’ll also make sure it looks absolutely irresistible to buyers. Opt for our Concierge package and we’ll send over one of our talented interior stylists to dress your home with soft furnishings and furniture, before our award-winning photographer comes to take professional photographs.
We have seen the difference that property styling makes, and those who choose the service tend to get more interest, more viewings and a higher sale price.
Can we fix it?
Buyers are going to be put off a property if it looks like it needs work. We have an in-house team of tradesmen who can smarten up your property and ensure it looks ready to move into. In fact, as part of our Concierge package, we offer three days of complimentary handyman services that you can use as you like.
If you would like a free, accurate valuation to ensure you get the best price for your property, give us a call on 020 7099 4000.