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Want a new home by Christmas? Get ready to list.

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06/08/2014
Homeowners looking forward to a new home by Christmas should put their property on the market by 28 September if they want to accept an offer in time.

According to the latest Move with Us Market Review it takes an average of 88 days to sell a property, from putting it on the market to accepting an offer. 

Times vary greatly by region. In the North East, for example, it takes an average of 138 days to sell a home, while in the buzzing London property market the average is just 43 days.

Robin King, director at Move with Us, said: “While selling property isn’t an exact science, getting your home on the market by the dates we’ve calculated for each region will give home movers a much better chance of selling before Christmas arrives. This also represents a fantastic opportunity for sellers, as buyers will be looking for a quick purchase before Christmas.”

Top Tips

Following these top tips from Move with Us may help get a home off your hands faster: 

Pick the right estate agent

Choose an estate agent with a good reputation and track record in the area who will correctly value your home and provide supporting evidence

Be legally ready

Make sure that all your documentation is ready early on in the process -– order your legally required Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) without delay to speed up the sale

Kerb appeal

Ensure your home has kerb appeal by tidying any outside areas as this is the first part of your property that potential buyers will see

First impressions count

Make sure that your home is as visually attractive as possible. De-clutter to make sure that potential buyers can see your home to its full potential

Be helpful

It is helpful for homeowners to let the estate agent show potential buyers around a property as it helps them to view it as their own and will feel free to discuss any pitfalls away from the owner.  

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