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5 top tips for selling your house quickly in January

Selling your home during the first month of the year can seem daunting - but having the right strategy can help you move your property fast.

Here are some top industry tips for selling your home in January.

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New year, new home?

The New Year remains a great time to list your property for a speedy sale, with homes listed in January selling faster than average.

On average, UK properties have stayed on the market in January for between 56 and 60 days, compared to 65 days over the summer, according to Online Mortgage Advisor. 

It usually takes around 25 weeks to sell a home, although this can either take more or less time at 17 or 34 weeks, respectively, according to data from Zoopla.

Top tips for selling your home in January

The HomeOwners Alliance, a property advice website, has five tips for achieving a speedy sale of your home in January: 

1. Appoint a great estate agent

A good starting point is to find a decent local estate agent.

You can use this tool from HomeOwner's Alliance to compare estate agents in your local area and you should conduct your own research. 

It's worth finding out how long, on average, your estate agent sells similar properties and looking at any fees. 

2. Instruct your property lawyer

Choose your conveyancing solicitor early, as soon as you decide to list your home, and start pulling paperwork together now if you want to secure a quick sale. 

3. Get your house ready for sale

If there are any issues that might come up in a survey and delay the move, consider fixing them now.

4. Let your estate agent take the lead

Let your estate agent take the lead at viewings and tackle any tricky questions.

You should also let them advise on negotiations, including considering sealed bids to secure the best price, which is a popular option in a sellers’ market. 

5. Choose the right buyer

Everyone wants to get the best price, but if you want to sell quickly as well, then opt for a chain-free buyer who isn’t relying on selling their home to buy yours.

Read more about the different types of buyer. 

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Final thoughts

These are all great tips but it's also important to get the right mortgage advice.

There are so many different mortgage deals out there but also so many restrictions that it pays to get trusted, expert advice.

Not only can a mortgage broker access the right deal for you, but their insight and expertise often get the job done faster, which is vital if you want a speedy sale. 

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About the author
Kate has written for leading publications and blue chip companies over the last 20 years.