Put your house on the market today if you want to move by Christmas
According to data from the Move with Us Market Review, which analysed 750,000 market properties with home.co.uk, the average time it takes to sell and legally complete in the current market is 197 days.
Robin King, director of Move with Us, said: “With summer now in full swing, Christmas is the last thing on most people’s minds. But the reality is that with a move taking on average just under 200 days, home owners need to think about putting their property on the market as soon as possible if they want to move this year. Whilst selling property isn’t an exact science, getting your house on the market before 11 June will give you a much better chance of selling before Christmas arrives.
“Summertime provides many benefits for sellers. Houses look much better in the sunlight and days are longer now too, providing more opportunities for sellers to arrange viewings in daylight outside of working hours. And let’s not forget that we are at the time of year when gardens are looking their most attractive with flowers blooming and leaves on the trees – much more effective than conducting a viewing on a miserable grey day!”
Home owners who want to move quickly could try part-exchange because moving times can be significantly reduced when compared with a typical home move, advises Move with Us.
King added: “For those home owners looking for a quick move, part-exchange can be a great alternative to the normal selling route. Home builders often purchase ‘second-hand homes’ quickly at market value and with no chain so, providing the development is already completed, moving times are minimal.”