Should I stay or should I go now?
So, we’re already a little way into 2020 and, before we know it, we’ll be on the other side of Valentine’s Day, the nights will be getting shorter and there will be daffodils in the garden. And, if you were thinking of selling your home in the spring, you’ll be edging closer still to the time when you have to make a decision.
If you read the papers every day, no one could blame you for being a little perplexed at the moment. On the one hand, there’s still plenty of doom-mongering over the impact of Brexit but, on the other, some commentators are enjoying the lack of any evidence of any property slump. So where does that leave you?
Inevitably, it means you have to make a choice about who you believe but something which may be overlooked is that potential property vendors are not necessarily powerless victims of whatever the fates have in store over the next six to 12 months. There are avenues to be explored which could help you to establish cold, hard facts which may then make a decision about whether you go to market that little bit easier.
Firstly, you can check out the property portals to see if anything is shifting in your area. Both Rightmove and Zoopla have apps you can use which allow you to check what’s sold recently and for how much. It’s true that prime property in London has been struggling for some time now but there are still hot spots across the UK where homes are being snapped up quickly – particularly when they’re priced realistically. You may be living in one of them …
Something else you could try is social media. Have you thought of asking Twitter if anyone in your area has any experience of selling their home recently? Not only is it possible that you may be able to tap into a resource of recent first-hand experience of the property market, you may also get some pointers about suppliers you may like to use – solicitors, removal firms or even estate agents (although, naturally, as you’re reading our blog, we hope you’ll check us out as well!).
And, although it may seem obvious, your third option could be to speak to estate agents themselves and see what advice they’re offering. Of course, friends and family may have their favourites but we’d suggest contacting at least three, not necessarily to compare price but to establish what they think the market in your area is doing at the moment. After all, agents live and breathe the property market every day and should be able to offer some guidance – even though it’s possible they may not all have quite the same take on it as, like in just about every walk of life, opinions can differ when there are so many variable involved.
Whatever you decide in 2020, we wish you the very best and, of course, if you think we can help further, we’d love to hear from you. Just drop us a line or give us a call.