We spend a lot of time at home at Christmas, so it’s only natural to start thinking about the future. Some take the opportunity in January to embark upon that long-desired new kitchen, while lots decide it’s time to look for a new home.
If you’re looking to make a move, it’s a great opportunity to achieve a timely sale with an influx of newly energised buyers.
The early bird catches the worm
Perhaps surprisingly, Boxing Day the busiest day for people looking at homes on portals like Rightmove and Zoopla. Fed up with Uncle John banging on about the election result, people start dreaming of what the new year could bring, and buying a new home is high up on the agenda.
This trend continues throughout January, with buyer enquiries more than doubling from the month of December to January. For those looking to sell, getting on the market as early as possible in January is vital to capture this spike in interest. But according to last years data, many sellers miss the boat, with more homeowners going on the market in early February than January.
The Clock is Ticking
Remember though, the deadline for the Coronavirus Stamp Duty Incentive is 31st March 2021. Although there are petitions to extend this, the Government hasn't yet indicated that they will even consider this. Now is the time to get your valuation booked in.