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The Best Month of the Year to List your Home

Selling your home can be a somewhat stressful experience, but you can make it a little easier on yourself. Perhaps you have had doubts that your home would ever sell, or maybe you just want to sell it as quick as you can. Either way, putting up your home for sale at the right time of year can help to move this along a little quicker.

We’re now going to take a look at the best month of the year to list your home, so you have the slight edge:

So what is the best month?

Well, the fact of the matter is that there is no one single month that is better than all of the others. I could tell you that May is the best month to sell your home, but other people may tell you that it’s August. Even though I’m not able to tell you specifically when you should sell your home, I can help you to list it at round-about the right time of the year, meaning you’re likely to get more offers than you otherwise would.

Spring Time

It’s thought that the spring months are possibly the best months to sell your home. This is because a lot of people are likely to be looking ahead after the winter, and many people have also received a tax rebate too.
When Spring first comes upon us, we all tend to feel a little better, and we tend to have a more positive outlook than we did during the cold winter months. It’s this more positive outlook, and the longer days that persuade more people to start looking for a new place to live.
Just so you know, March through to June are considered to be the Spring months. It’s also thought that those who sell their homes around this time of year, are more likely to get the price they are asking for.

Summer Has Arrived!

During the summer months people tend to go away on vacation, which means fewer houses tend to sell at this time of the year. This means that any time between June and August, more people will be away than at perhaps any other time of the year. If you would like to sell your home during the summer months, please note, you may not get as many people asking to view your home, as you’d wish. This could potentially mean you have to accept a lower offer if you wish to sell your home any time soon. Not only may you have to accept a lower offer, but you could mean receive fewer offers. This is because prospective buyers may think there’s something wrong with your home if it still hasn’t sold after a while. .

Autumn/Fall

So you’ve had your home up for sale during the summer months in the hope that it will catch someone’s eye. It’s likely that your home hasn’t sold, or the offers you received weren’t that great. Don’t worry though, the autumn/fall is a great time for you to sell your home, because not as many people will be going on vacation this time of year. Anywhere from September through to December is considered to be autumn in this part of the world, and it could also be a good time to list your home, and wait for the offers to come in.

The Holiday Season

Some people make the mistake of listing their home during the holiday season. Ok, so you would like to be in your new place over the holidays, or at least by New Year, but the fact is that not a lot of people look for a new home at this time of the year. What’s more is if you put it up for sale during the holidays, and it doesn’t get sold, people may wonder why your home is still on the market a few months later. This could mean that you get fewer offers, as prospective buyers may think there’s something wrong with it.

As you can see, there is no ‘Best month’ to sell your home, but there are specific times of the year that could help you to make a sale. My advice? List your home when spring comes around, and you’re much more likely to get a good offer. We all want to make as much money as we can on our home, so give yourself the edge, and list it during the spring months.

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How to Make your Home More Valuable and Sell it Faster

Written by David Jones, Chartered Surveyor
Contributions from Ask Susan @ www.asksusan.org.uk

When it comes to selling your home, there’s no doubt that you want to sell it for as much money as possible, and as quickly as possible too. So how can you make your home more valuable to potential buyers? How can they see the value in your home that you see? I’m going to explain how to go about it right now:

Start painting

Many people fail to add a touch of paint to their home when they put it up for sale. This could potentially help them to sell the home quicker, and even add a little more value to it. Let’s think about this for a few minutes: if you walk into a home that looks like it hasn’t been painted in a while, you may think it’s worth a specific amount. If you then walked into a home that is exactly the same in all respects, apart from the fact that each room has a new lick of paint, you would think it was worth more. This is because freshly painted walls look cleaner, brighter, and it gives the rooms a lighter feel.

You should also think about painting the front door. This is because it will give your home a cleaner, fresher look from the outset. A fresh coating of paint will automatically make your house seem more valuable, and that’s exactly what we want. You may also want to paint external walls too, as this will tidy the house up a bit, and make it seem more of a bargain.

Give your kitchen a bit of an update

This is something that I did the last time I moved, because I simply wanted to up the selling price a little. I didn’t replace all of the kitchen cabinets, and I didn’t spend a lot of money, but what I did do is give the kitchen a great new look. I did this by replacing the cupboard door handles, and the handles on the drawers too. I also purchased some adhesive roll that has been specifically designed to be used on cupboard doors. This gave the kitchen a new, fresh look, without me having to spend very much money.

Make your home look cozy

Now it’s time to work on how your home looks. Making it look cozy will ensure that anyone viewing the property will consider it to be a lot more homely. Start with the windows, make sure the curtains look good, then add cushions to any seating you have, and finish off by placing flowers and plants around your home too. You want your home to look nice, you want visitors to feel relaxed about being there, and you want it to sell faster too. This is a good way to go about it, and it’s a fairly easy method to use too.

Get rid of nasty smells

Eliminate those nasty smells that just seem to be lurking. These could be smells coming from the trash, from cooking, your pets, or even tobacco smoke, No-one wants to smell anything like this in your home, so get rid of the smells, and freshen the place up a bit. Your home will feel much nicer to you, and to potential visitors as well. Keep on top of the smells too, don’t assume they will go away just because you’ve eliminated them once. A bit of work every now and again will ensure that they are a thing of the past, and your home only ever smells fresh.

Sort out your garden

Your garden is just as important as your home when it comes to selling up. Make your home seem more valuable by working on your garden. Pull up weeds in the garden, get rid of lichen, and cut the grass. Tidying up your garden will make it seem a much more pleasant place to be. If you are selling a home that has children living there, think about leaving a few toys around (Such as a trampoline, or a swing), as this will help to sell your home to anyone who has children.

You can make your home seem a lot more valuable if you take these simple tips on board. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a little bit more, you really can give your home a few tweaks here and there. Ensuring that your home is the best it can be will also help it to sell faster, and that’s something we all want.