With the run up to Christmas keeping us all busy throughout the first few weeks of December, undoubtedly the last thing on your mind will have been moving home. But as the big day comes around and you find yourself dashing about for chairs to squeeze the whole family around the dining room table, it suddenly becomes all too tempting to look around and consider the benefits of moving. The good news is that the period between Christmas and the new year is actually a great time to look for a new home, with some property agents having reported Boxing Day as the busiest day of the year for online property searches and Rightmove reporting a 228% increase in page views between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Property searches increase significantly on Boxing Day

Selling your home at Christmastime

At this time of year, you’re likely to encounter those that are more seriously considering buying as people often pledge that the new year will be the time they finally make the move or start afresh. Plus, the days following Christmas, up to the new year, tend to see plenty of households with more downtime, hence the significant increase in online property searches.

If you’ve been considering putting your home on the market, contemplate when will be the best window for ensuring maximum visibility to potential buyers – now and into the new year are opportune times to get the right kind of attention on your property.

What makes Christmas a good time to buy a home?

In such a fast-paced society, we don’t often find ourselves at home for leisurely periods of time, which is why the holidays make a great time to have the sorts of discussions around whether it might be time to look toward a fresh start as the new year approaches.

If you’re in the market to buy a new home, getting in there before the spike of other potential buyers kicks in could pay off for several reasons. Just as you might be looking to start the new year off with a new home in the pipeline, it’s likely that sellers are hoping to move the process along in a bid to get things in order for the new year and ensure a smoother transaction. Not only this, the desire for speedier sales could mean that you might also find vendors to be slightly more lenient in terms of negotiations at this time of year – helping you find the home of your dreams at a lower price.

If you’ve been thinking about buying or selling a home and need some advice on where to begin, many of our offices will be open throughout the festive period to provide you with the expert advice you need to start 2019 off on the right foot. Find contact details for your nearest office here. Or, if you’re ready to start the process of selling your home, you can book a free valuation here.