Nativity plays, shopping, present wrapping, and staff parties. It's all go in the run-up to Christmas. There is so much going on at this time of year. Preparing for viewings on your property, on top of everything else, could be enough to send you over the edge!
If your property is on the market for sale and you can see your diary filling up fast with the pre-Christmas festivities, you might be feeling overwhelmed, thinking that you simply couldn't fit in any viewings from potential buyers.
Nativity plays, shopping, present wrapping, and staff parties. It's all go in the run-up to Christmas.
There is so much going on at this time of year. Preparing for viewings on your property, on top of everything else, could be enough to send you over the edge!
So what should you do? You want to sell your home and move in the new year, so you want as many viewings as possible, right? But how can you fit these viewings in?
When your diary is full of festive occasions, so is everyone else's. Many buyers put a hold on their property search until the new year. Choosing to stop viewings and online searches until they have the bandwidth to view properties seriously and really consider their next move.
If fewer buyers are looking for a property, then the likelihood is that there would be fewer viewing appointments anyway. So, why not take advantage of this and take a break yourself?
Many people feel they need to take their property off the market altogether to enjoy Christmas in peace. You don't have time to clean your home and present it the way you like, and you have the tree and decorations up everywhere, which, although it makes your home lovely and cosy, will also make it feel smaller because there is extra stuff around.
But did you know that you can ask your estate agent to place you on "do not disturb"?
This is not a withdrawal from the market, simply a pause on viewing appointments until the new year. Any viewing enquiries that come through the agents at this time can be told that the property is on hold until the new year, scheduling the viewing appointments for when things are not quite as hectic and you have the headspace to focus on selling your home.
Don't worry that you'll be missing out. In reality, most buyers have had their focus redirected to Christmas festivities, too, so they are not likely to be booking many viewing appointments. Serious buyers will wait until the new year and may even be relieved that you won't be taking viewings from any other buyers.
Get in touch if you are on the market and want to take advantage of the Do not disturb marketing option.