So, you’ve decided that the time is right to go ahead and sell your home.
This is a big step in life, obviously, and it takes some careful planning and consideration.
There are many, many big questions that you need to tackle right at the start of the process.
At the very top of the list? “When, exactly, should I sell my home?”
Sell at a time of good weather
This is right at the top of the list.
When the weather is nice out, people actually want to be outside doing things - like trying to select their next home.
Think about it.
Would you want to be out searching for the place you’re going to spend a big portion of your life while knee-deep in snow or soaked in rain?
Targeting one of the months that’s dominated by nicer weather in the country is a great rule of thumb. Additionally, targeting a month where flora and fauna bloom - presenting a much more appealing vision to the potential buyer - could be a nice touch that might close a potential sale.
Sell at a time when people are around
You want to put your house on the market at a time when people will actually be around to buy it.
For example, the summer months are great for the weather - with beautiful open houses - but there may be less potential buyers because so many people are on their Summer holidays.
The same logic applies to the holidays. The closer you get to Christmas, the more families are worried about holiday things - presents, entertaining, events and the like - and the desire to find a new home begins to wane for a little while.
The best times?
Spring or early Autumn. People are back from their holidays (or yet to depart form them).
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The Big Question: When to Sell?
Bearing in mind those two big guidelines we just outlined, it’s clear that there are some peak seasons in which to sell. The first is roughly March to July. The weather is - generally - good enough for families to get out and see the properties, the time is free of major, big-planning holidays like Christmas, and you’re going to avoid the school holidays that plague other times of the year.
The second period is from September to October - after school holidays are over and before the holiday season really starts to take hold. Of course, this isn’t set in stone, and there are a host of other factors - location, price, etc. - that will factor into your bottom line.
However, those two periods of the year will generally offer you the best return in the least amount of time. So aim for putting your house on the market during those periods - and good luck!