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If you’re thinking about selling your house, then the chances are that you’ve asked whether it’s the right time of year to put it on the market. There are tonnes of myths about the best time of year to sell, but the truth is that each region and property is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution or date that will help you to sell your home in break-neck speed.

Having said that, though, savvy homeowners should take note of quiet times for the market and decide when to list their property based on demand. If your home goes on the market too soon, you could get lost in the crowd when the market recovers, making it harder to sell.

Below, we attempt to answer “when is the best time to sell a house in the UK?”…

Spring comes out on top

The rumours are true. Statistically, spring is the best time of year to sell your home. There are lots of reasons why March, April, and May are the most popular months of the year to list and sell a home - people aren’t away for their summer holidays, and they’re not busy in the run-up to Christmas, wanting to be settled in a home before Santa comes down the chimney.

Another reason why spring is a great time to sell your home is because gardens are in bloom and there is lots of good light and weather to look forward to. In short, properties look at their best in the springtime - gardens are recovering from the winter chill, brighter evenings make properties look more inviting, and the good weather encourages buyers to go house-hunting.

There are a couple of downsides to selling your home in the spring, however. As it’s the most popular time of year, you’ll likely have to compete with a number of other properties, so if your home is not in the best condition or is over-priced, you’ll be less likely to sell. On top of that, if you’re looking for a new home, you’ll have to factor in competition from other buyers, which could slow down the process of selling your home, especially if your budget is limited.

The summer is a quiet time

Summer has always been considered one of the worst times of the year to sell a property, as people are away for their holidays, and with the children off school, there’s little time to go house-hunting. At the height of the summer, buyers don’t want to be packing up their home and starting up shop somewhere new, but that’s not to say you cannot sell your home in the summer. Whilst August is, statistically, the weakest month of the year for property sales, selling in the summer means you’ll likely have less competition and therefore more interest and offers - great if you’re holding out for your asking price and want to sell on your terms.

It’s important to note, however, that frustrated property owners often tend to start knocking money off their asking price if it hasn’t sold by the summer, especially if they’re waiting to finalise their offer on another home, so you should make sure your property is as competitive and attractive to buyers as possible, else potential buyers will simply look elsewhere or wait.

Autumn

Following spring, autumn is the second-best time of year to sell your home. The weather is a little milder, and with no major holidays on the calendar, potential buyers are more likely to start browsing sites like Rightmove and Zoopla and arranging appointments on properties. If you want to list your home September, October, or November, be ready to move quickly and price competitively, as the market tends to slow down for the winter at the end of October.

One of the benefits of selling in the autumn is the competition, with fewer homes typically on the market during this time of the year. And with Christmas around the corner, buyers are often motivated to put in an offer and complete as soon as possible, so they can be in their new home before the winter sets in. Therefore, knowing your next move and having an idea of what you’ll buy should be a priority when listing your home on the market in the autumn.

Winter

Although winter is not the best time to sell your home, it’s certainly not impossible. Another benefit of moving during the winter is that sellers are often open to negotiation, particularly if they have been trying to sell for the majority of the year, but that means you must also have some flexibility when selling your own home. Work out your figures to know your minimum possible asking price, and add 5 to 10 per cent to that when listing your home on the market.

New year, new property

Following a quiet December, January is becoming an increasingly popular time of the year to sell, with many people seeing the New Year as a chance for their fresh start. Remember, the Christmas period is the most popular time of year for couples to split, meaning many will be looking to relocate or downsize in the New Year - great if you’re selling a smaller property.

Understanding local demand

Before you put your property on the market, speak to local estate agents and ask them how long it generally takes to sell properties like yours in your area. Alternatively you can use our free Valuation Tool to check house prices and trends in your area. If there has been an increase in demand for properties like yours in your area, act sooner rather than later, and list your property to take advantage of rising house prices and demand.

Assessing economic risk

With Brexit looming on the horizon, it’s easy to feel concerned about listing your property on the market, and perhaps consider holding off until the market stabilises. Although property prices in London have fallen since the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, they have held up across the rest of the country, and in some areas even increased. If you’re ready to sell, don’t let economic factors like Brexit or the worry of what might happen in the future put you off - get the ball rolling as soon as you’re ready, reacting accordingly to political changes.