The days are getting colder and the nights longer and there’s no denying that Winter is well and truly here. But why does that mean that it’s a great time to sell a property and to get the best price in Scotland?
Why is Winter a Great Time to Sell?
Spring has traditionally been regarded as the best time to sell a property. However, the shrewd property seller will see Winter for what it truly is: the most wonderful time of the year!
The impression that Spring is the best time to sell might have arisen in the days when the only way of selecting your dream home was to wrap up warm and hit the streets to view all of the properties that you deemed suitable. This is clearly a less attractive proposition in mid-December than in April!
However, today’s property buyer has the luxury of being able to do most of this from the comfort of a warm living room. Estate agents’ websites and property portals such as Rightmove, Zoopla and ESPC offer buyers a chance to view high quality photographs, read detailed descriptions about the property and surrounding areas, study floor plans, download Home Reports and in some cases take a virtual tour of their potential new home. And all whilst sat on the sofa with a cup of tea. All the more reason to ensure that your property has great photos and is advertised as widely as possible to ensure that yours is on the shortlist too!
The Internet has revolutionised the property purchasing experience for buyers and sellers now have an opportunity to capitalise on this if they take advantage of the Winter months. If you don’t believe us, here are the stats to prove it!
Supply and Demand
Put simply, a lack of supply combined with continued demand make Winter a great time to sell. With so many property sellers still believing that Spring is the best time to sell, fewer properties come onto the market. However, buyers don’t stop looking!
There are always buyers who are looking to move house, regardless of the time of year. Whether it’s a relocation for work, unexpected news about expecting twins or triplets or simply the frustration of not being able to find their dream home earlier in the year, demand doesn’t stop because the nights are drawing in.
Add the fact that buyers can now conduct their property search at home and that they only need to venture out into the dark, stormy night when they’re quite certain that the property they’re going to see is a genuine contender and it’s never been more convenient, or easier, to buy a home in Winter.
Property sellers have a unique opportunity during the Winter months to get the best possible price for their property. A low supply of properties coming to the market combined with high demand from active buyers encourages more Notes of Interest and Closing Dates, ensuring great selling prices.
How can I Take Advantage of Winter Selling?
If you have a property to sell, don’t delay, list today! Make the most of the opportunity Winter provides to sellers and get your property on the market now. By bucking the trend you’ll be far more likely to get a better outcome than if you wait until the Spring. Give us a call today on 0131 202 5444 to arrange a free valuation.
If the stats aren’t enough, our Winter Promotion might be the incentive you need. For a limited time only you can sell your property with MOV8 for a great value estate agency fee from just £995 inc VAT and pay absolutely nothing up front!
Call us on 0131 202 5444 today to book-in your free valuation and to hear more about our fantastic Winter Promotion. You can also now instantly book a free valuation appointment, online, by following this link.