How to be moved by Christmas so that you can enjoy the festive time in your new home
Prepare for Christmas
Yes, it’s great to be spontaneous and grasp every opportunity life has to offer but sometimes planning really helps.
Many times my husband has teased me about starting the Christmas shopping in October- an excuse to buy more, he would claim! No, just a way of avoiding the mad panics especially with young children when the latest “Must have” will sell out.
Even the manic food shop when we all buy enough to feed the whole street for a month and not the family for 2 days.
But for me, being prepared has always made Christmas more enjoyable, it can be fun starting to think about it early, rather than letting the 24 hours of Christmas day be over so quickly. I have always tried to enjoy the choosing of presents and the wrapping, after all they are opened in seconds.
Why You Need to Start Now
If you are thinking of moving to that new home for Christmas and kicking off the New Year with a great start, you need to make preparations now.
Interestingly, one of Rightmove’s most read blogs in August 2015 was their 2011 article in which they advised sellers seeking to move by Christmas to act in September, as it was taking 94 days on average to sell a home. In 2015, we have just experienced our strongest August since the Credit Crunch with homes selling within 14 days. Nevertheless, September remains the best time to start the selling process if you want to move before Christmas.
Yes, the market is buoyant at the moment with so few properties available, but solicitors and conveyancers are at full stretch with legal work dragging on for 3-4 months. Chains are also being held up where there is no TOP of the chain, the shortage of properties means that many people wanting to move are selling and then not able to find somewhere to move to.
What You Need to Do
Your local estate agent is best placed to discuss market tends with you and availability of new
listings. It’s important to choose someone you feel comfortable with and can trust to convey the reality and feasibility of your needs and timescale. If you want to move by Christmas ACT NOW.
How We can Help
At Malcolms we are keen to help from the very first thought, giving free advice on preparation and timescales. Just invite us around for an informal chat.
Our Free Home Finder service: Buyer Match can help you find what you are looking for. We use our local knowledge, pro-actively send mailers, advertise online, utilise traditional media for wanted properties and have a database of clients.
Get the children back to school and we can advise if any preparation for marketing is needed. First impressions count and often just small little alterations can make a big difference.
If you are upsizing/downsizing we have independent mortgage advice. We aren’t in business to sell you a mortgage but we have advisers who can make sure you find the best deal and avoid any redemption penalties.
Happy Festive Time!
Let us know your desired timescales and we will make every effort to make it happen for you.
At Malcolms, we have a no sale no fee option for conveyancing so that you can start the legal work from day one, of marketing, getting all the paperwork prepared in advance for your buyer.
We will be with you every step of the way so that all you have to worry about is whether you have been good enough this year for father christmas to come down your chimney!