Tips for Selling Your Property Towards The End Of 2023!

With winter on the horizon, shorter days and Christmas only 2 months away, we are entering a season that’s not always typically associated with an increase in property sales.

Interest rates and inflation are still at the forefront of the media and the housing market is anything but traditional at the moment, with lots of competition from sellers and buyers trying to be more savvy! However, with this in mind, reports on average, house prices have risen by 0.2% since July 2023.

So, you may be wondering how you can sell your house during a quieter period? Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of selling your property across the East Midlands during quieter months. Because, with the right estate agent, and the right preparation, it can be achieved!

1) Consult with an Estate Agent!

First things first, have an in-depth conversation with us, and we’re not just talking about settling on an asking price for your property. Marketing your home is a ball game that goes beyond just listing your property on portals like Rightmove and Zoopla!

As an agent we can offer invaluable advice on reducing your property’s time on the market, finding the right buyer and achieving the best price for you. But it doesn’t hurt to equip yourself with additional strategies to navigate a slightly quieter housing market.

Although the media portrays a difficult market, houses are still selling and with the right agent and the correct strategy, we are finding buyers for our vendors. Houses might be sitting on the market for slightly longer, but rest assured, the right buyer will come along at the right time as long as you are patient, and reasonably priced.

2) The Power of Open House Viewings –

If your property is suitable for an array of buyers; eg first time buyers, upsizers and/or families, it might be worth the open house strategy, traditionally more prevalent in the United States, but gradually gaining traction here in the UK.

During an open house, your property is marketed as available for viewings for a specific date and time – a morning or an entire day depending on demand. The event is publicised on our website, property portals, social media, and through direct invitations to ‘hot buyers’ – those eager, qualified buyers that agents keep tabs on.

The perk? You only need to give us access to host one big viewing session, giving you time to concentrate on all of your house-prepping efforts into squeezing every opportunity out of that event.

3) The Art of Home Staging –

Staging an empty home can make a world of difference in helping prospective buyers visualize their life in your property. Instead of showcasing barren rooms, consider investing in rental furniture to fill the space thoughtfully. Furnishing an empty dining room with a table, chairs, and perhaps some elegant place settings can create an inviting atmosphere.

But don’t stop at the big furniture pieces; think details. Fresh flowers, coffee table books, or a stylish rug can add the perfect finishing touches. Sometimes it’s these little flourishes that stick in people’s minds and make your property stand out.

Remember in the colder months, to make sure your house is warm and inviting, from either central heating or any feature fireplace or log burners you have, and for that extra cosy feeling, use mood lighting to set the scene if your viewing is later in the day/early evening.

4) Sprucing Up with Home Styling –

If you are still living in the property and it’s furnished, then a professional home stylist can elevate its appeal. A stylist can recommend a range of low-cost yet high-impact enhancements, from modern wall art to strategically-placed lamps that create warm, inviting spaces. Think of this as the “lipstick and mascara” for your home; small touches that make a big difference.

Colour coordination is another critical aspect. Your stylist might suggest introducing throws, blankets, or curtains that complement the existing décor. It’s about creating a cohesive aesthetic that tells a story, making your property not just a building but a potential home for buyers.

Is Now a Good Time to Sell a House?

While the UK market is showing resilience, it’s essential to recognise that the property market in Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Warwickshire does vary.

So, is now a good time to sell a house? In short, yes, we’re here to get the best results possible for you. Just always keep in mind, the speed and offer figure will always depend on your properties condition, location and desirability! So, get in touch with your local Partner Agent at HomeMove and we can give you tailored advice and reports to help initiate your move.

By implementing these tips and working closely with us, you’re setting the stage for a successful sale – even in typically quieter months. So why wait?

If you’re thinking of selling your property or would like some free, professional advice on where to start, then please contact your local partner agent who will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.