Move Blog – Tips to Sell and Move in Before Christmas

Standfirst: As winter is looming, how can you guarantee buying a house or selling a property in time for Christmas. These tried and tested tips will get matters moving quickly. 


By Move Sales & Lettings 


September is always a time for new beginnings which for many people means buying or selling your home. For some, the ideal completion date would be before Christmas so that you’re content knowing that you’re settled just in time for the festive season. But between mortgage applications, surveys, solicitors and other complications in between how can you guarantee a December sale. Here are our tips for buyers and sellers on the property ladder. 


Tips for Buyers


Do your research. The pressure of moving in by Christmas can lead you to disregarding small but essential steps to buying a property you want. It’s easy to get blinkered by what may seem like a good deal but look into the market, house prices and location to ensure that you’re getting a deal that is right for you. 


Buyers are at an advantage during this time of year. As we head into the colder months a number of sellers understand that sales can slow down in the lead-up to Christmas. Therefore by putting in an offer on a property that has been on the market for a while may mean success and swift movements for you. 


Make sure you have your agreement in principle from a mortgage lender ready. This will get the ball rolling quicker once the vendor has accepted an offer. 


Get a solicitor who has a good reputation and has been recommended by others who have had a positive experience with them. Some solicitors have a reputation for being slow. If you want to be moved in before Christmas polite persistence goes a long way. 


In most instances, completion takes place a few weeks after exchange. If timings are tight then you can request to do both on the same day.


As soon as you have your completion date, shop around for a removal team who won’t let you down. 


Tips for Sellers


Now that the summer holidays are over this is a great chance to have an Autumn clean and spruce up the walls to attract potential buyers. 


Get three trusted local estate agents to value your house, but also compare your property to the competition but also ensure that your house is on the market for a fair price. Making it more likely to sell quickly if it’s priced according to the current market. 


You want to eliminate all potential delays so make sure your paperwork for selling the house is in order and up to date. 


Chose an interested buyer who is ready to move. Whether this is their first purchase and they have no chain, or that their current property is already under offer before you take yours off the market. 


Plan ahead. In the event of a quick sale make sure your next move is ready and waiting. 


About Move Sales & Letting 


Based in Gloucestershire, UK, Move Sales & Lettings are a highly regarded estate agent whose reputation is built on customer care and satisfaction which has led them to win Gold in the 2019 British Property Awards. For more information visit


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