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Get ahead of the 2022 home-buying season; get your home ready to sell before Christmas

Between Boxing Day and the first working day of 2021 there were more than 51 million visits to Rightmove

Originally posted: 16th November, 2021

Get a head-start on others by preparing to sell your home now

If you are thinking of selling your home in 2022 but perhaps planning to wait until the New Year, you can get a head-start on others by preparing to sell now.

Rightmove reports that last month it saw a 14% increase in the number of homeowners beginning the selling process by asking for a property valuation, compared to the same time last year.

There are many reasons why you should prepare to sell now.

Boxing Day demand

There’s always a massive spike in buyer demand on Boxing Day. Rightmove says it sees more and more people each year looking at properties during the post-Christmas Day period. It reports that last Boxing Day visits were 54% higher than the previous year.

Between Boxing Day and the first working day of 2021 there were more than 51 million visits to Rightmove. That’s a lot of people looking for a new home.

Rightmove property expert Tim Bannister said: “We see a surge in the number of people searching for property from Boxing Day onwards, perhaps with a resolve to enjoy their next Christmas in new surroundings. Some of those additional buyers will also be new sellers who have held back until this period, judging it to be a good time to sell and to move in 2022.”

It's a good idea to get all the photographs and marketing prepared before the festive period for your home if you are wanting to sell. Then you will have all the preparation done and you can sell when you are ready.

Become a ‘power-buyer’

The housing market is highly competitive and if you decide to put your home on the market before Christmas, and you secure a buyer, you will be in a great position when you find the house you want to move to.

Tim Bannister explained: “In the current market, it’s a real advantage to be a “power buyer”, and have already sold your current home, subject to contract, when looking for somewhere to buy. This could put you ahead if there are other offers already on the table.”

If you are looking to move, get-ahead now and book a free valuation with Preston Baker.