Tuesday, 19 October 2021

It’s the season to... think about your property needs

With the Henley sales and rental market still buoyant, the start of a new year could be a

With the Henley sales and rental market still buoyant, the start of a new year could be a good time to sell your home, suggests LUCY BOON

CHRISTMAS may be a time for turkey, TV and too-much-of-everything, but the immediate aftermath is a good time to review your property and think about whether it’s really right for your current circumstances.

Perhaps you’ve welcomed a new addition to the family? Maybe you’re thinking of getting a dog, or you’d like a larger garden?

It’s always been claimed that May and June are the best times to sell, but with last year’s stamp duty shake-up and this year’s buy-to-let landlord tax shock, all bets are off.

In fact, agents such as Romans even say that, historically, some of the best sales have taken place in January and February.

But first things first. Take a practical approach. Do you need to fix a few things around the house before you put it on the market?

First impressions mean a lot, and nothing is more likely to dampen these impressions for prospective buyers than walking into a freezing home coupled with a leaky radiator or draughty rooms.

Once you feel your house is ready to sell, it’s time to choose an agent (see the Henley Standard website’s Property section for a list of all our local agents).

The new year property market is usually peppered with two types of buyer: brand-new buyers, and those re-entering the market after trying, but failing, to buy at the back end of the previous year.

To avoid disappointment with potential last-minute fall-throughs, let the agents help you find the right buyer for your home.

Good luck and a Merry Christmas from all the team at Homes Weekly. See you in 2016!

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