When is it acceptable to start putting up your Christmas decorations at home and where should you put your tree? For me personally, it’s a well-fought battle to at least get into early December before I admit defeat and venture into the loft to retrieve them, or risk being labelled the Grinch by my wife and children. With the year we have experienced, you could be forgiven for considering taking them out sooner.
Because of Covid-19, Christmas trees have been popping up in people’s front windows as early as mid-October. And who can blame us for seeking festive delight earlier this year? Decorating your home for Christmas gives most of us a great deal of joy and reminds us of early childhood memories and the enthusiastic excitement we had around the holidays.
Where to put the tree in ones own house however, is the age old question that, as an estate agent, you can imagine I have given an awful lot of thought to! Around this time of year, it’s the question most of our vendors discuss with me as we go to their houses for valuations, or to show around prospective buyers.
It would seem that with every family I visit, choosing where to put the tree is often part of a heated family debate and can involve lots of huffing and puffing as furniture is rearranged and the tree carefully balanced or tied in the right place whilst someone desperately tries to untangle last year’s string of lights. In order to help you not have to go through this stress of where to put your tree, we have devised some tips for the perfect positioning in your home.
Much like Christmas tree positioning, timing is everything at this time of year. We all want to beat the Christmas rush before all the popular gadgets are sold out, the turkeys are gone, and get home missing the Christmas traffic. This is no different for house sales – you need to make sure that your timing is spot on to make sure you get the best possible deal.
How does this fit into an article about Christmas trees? Well, the countdown for the Land Transaction Tax and Stamp Duty Tax continues, and we have seen this as a great incentive for buyers which has really helped increase demand for property in our area. We are currently in a fantastic period to consider selling for another reason. We know ‘getting things done before Christmas’ is also a brilliant motivator for an active buyer to get their offer agreed (subject to contract) on their next home purchase so they can relax and enjoy the Christmas period.
With our professional photography service, we can get photographs and ‘walk through’ videos completed promptly, before the Christmas decorations potentially going up. It’s a great opportunity to dress your home to its full potential and for us to present it to potential buyers.
We are still in a plausible place for new sales agreed to be able to complete by March 2021 with standard conveyancing timeframes. If you have been thinking about putting your property on the market but thought it would be best to leave it until after Christmas, please invite us to visit now. We might surprise you with how quickly we could find you a motivated buyer who will still see the benefit of the Land Transaction Tax and Stamp Duty Tax holiday.
This Christmas will be different, and we might not all agree on when you should be putting the decorations up but if you are thinking of selling, getting the sale agreed before Christmas will certainly allow you to relax and enjoy the festive period that little bit more.
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