Move by the summer

24 March 2014

Homeowners who want to sell their property and move by the start of the school summer holidays should put their house on the market by 20 March. This will give them a chance of selling their home and moved in time to get the kids settled before the start of the new academic year.

Move with Us analysed over 750,000 on market properties in association with and calculated that the average time it takes to sell a property in the current market stands at 126 days, advising homeowners that are looking to sell to act now in order to move for the school summer holidays at the end of July.

Robin King, Director, Move with Us, says: “While selling property isn’t an exact science, getting your house on the market before 20 March will give you a much better chance of selling and finding your new home before the start of the school summer holidays. This also represents a fantastic opportunity for sellers, as buyers are also likely to be looking for a quick purchase in order to move before the summer holidays too.”                

Top five tips for sellers:

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

Be legally prepared - Make sure that all your legal documentation is ready early in the process. You can start by ordering your legally required Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) without delay to speed up the sale.

Don’t forget 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 allow potential buyers to see your home to its full potential.

Be helpful - It is customary for estate agents to show potential buyers around a property as this helps them view it as their own and will feel free to discuss any pitfalls away from the owner. However, prospective buyers will have lots of questions about the house and being present during viewing as can be a real deal maker for home owners who will be able to answer any questions about their property.                                              


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