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7 reasons why you should have your property on the market this winter

Christmas is hitting us at warp speed, and with all the wonderful festivities filling your diary you might start to ponder whether now is a good time to sell your home.  You could be thinking of withdrawing it from the market or holding off listing it until the new year when things are a little calmer.  After all, we are all up to our eyes with shopping, cooking and decorating, who needs buyers viewing your home to add to the mix?  But this time of year is actually ideal for selling – here are seven good reasons why you should have your property on the market this winter.

  1. Less competition

Just as you have been pondering whether to sell, so have many others, but the number of properties on the market in Cheadle is reduced this time of year.  This means that your home has less competition and potential buyers are more likely to come across your home and decide to view.  As New Year hits, many people decide to sell and the market becomes busy and your home could be lost in the crowd.  At Maurice Kilbride we believe your home was born to stand out, and our unique marketing will make sure that your house is the perfect present.

  1. Most magical time of the year

Let’s face it, your house will look and smell magical at this time of year.  The trees and festive greenery, the smell of cinnamon and other seasonal scents filling the air, the fire roaring and the exterior lights give your home the most amazing welcome to all those who visit.  This is the season where we get nostalgic about family and memories, and our homes are where many of those memories we hold close can be found.  If a buyer gets that sense of ‘family’ and togetherness as they walk from room to room, they will also know that they are home.

  1. They are serious

For buyers to give up their precious time during the busy weeks ahead, you know that they have to be serious.  People looking for a property at this time of year could have been looking for a while and just not found the right one.  Time may not be on their side and they need a new home due to a change in circumstances.  Whatever the reason they’re looking to buy, one thing is certain: these buyers will not mess about. They’re committed to buying, and we just have to show them that your Cheadle home is the one they’ve been waiting for.

  1. More people see your home

The major property portals Rightmove and Zoopla report that the busiest days of the year for traffic to their websites are between Christmas and New Year. With people being on holiday and having more down time, thoughts often switch to their plans for a new home in the New Year, so what better time to showcase your home to the millions searching the portals? Especially given that there are less competing properties for them to look at!

  1. Family time

We often find families who are looking to relocate to the area prefer to have viewings during the school holidays.  Term times can be frantic with clubs and activities, and many families believe that when buying their next home, it’s a family decision.  Undertaking their search in school holidays takes some of the stress away, but also ensures that the home they choose is one that the whole family have fallen in love with.

  1. You want to move

People often forget that the main reason people put their home on the market is because they want to move.  You may be looking for a larger home, one in a different location, or simply fancy something different, but unless things have changed, what you ultimately want is a new home and adventure.  Taking your home off the market is only delaying things – just remember why you decided to sell in the first place.

  1. Stop the niggles

In life, when we love something, we care for and nurture it. When our feelings start to fade, so too can our commitment.  When you made the decision to sell you may have done all those jobs that needed doing to get it in the best shape for the market.  Should you take it off now and other maintenance things arise, would you love and nurture your home back to health, or simply ignore the flaws because you’re leaving anyway?  These flaws can cause niggles in the minds of a buyer, continuing to drive forward will stop those niggles because you will be committed to doing everything you can to get your home sold.

This is a great time of year to sell your home in Cheadle so if you’re thinking of moving now or in the New Year come and talk to our sales team Patrick, Joe and Maurice by telephone 0161 428 3663, e-mail sales@mkiea.co.uk or better still, why not pop into our office on Cheadle High Street for an informal chat and maybe a Mince pie and glass of mulled wine!

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