Selling your home during the summer holiday

Expectations of a slower summer may dishearten homeowners who are trying to sell. Latest news from Rightmove says the average asking price of houses coming on to the market has fallen 0.9pc since last month. But all is not as bad as it seems. Buyer demand in the weeks since the referendum is similar to demand levels during 2014. Stock shortages are driving momentum in key areas of the country, particularly safe havens in the British countryside.

If you are thinking of selling your home this summer/early autumn, George Burnand, Partner in charge of the Winchester office at Strutt & Parker, one of the UK’s leading independent property partnerships, gives advice for navigating through the current property climate:

Adjust to the market

“Although the market has been unsettled both before and after Brexit, the message remains the same – get the price right and you will find a buyer. The lack of stock coming to the market is not unusual during the summer holidays, and many should perceive this as an opportunity: less property available increases the likelihood of yours standing out form the crowd. But remember, time is precious for those buyers juggling family life now the kids have broken up from school, so always try to be accommodating and patient.”

Perfect presentation

“Think about the presentation of your home now the sun is shining. With longer evenings and more natural light flooding in, dust and window smudges are easier to spot. Give these a clean before a viewing. Adding a fresh lick of paint is a staple; stick to white and neutral colours to make rooms look brighter and bigger. Always keep in mind that these little touches add real value to the purchaser’s perception of your home.”

Get gardening

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