With Christmas and New Year around the corner it is only natural to see a slight lull in house move activity. However, the festive season does nothing to dampen the search for a new home. In fact, many start to turn their thoughts to planning what could be in store in the New Year and a fresh start could be high on the agenda.

Rightmove, one of the UK’s leading property portals, has shown that traffic to their site spikes at the beginning of the year. In fact, one of the busiest days in 2018 was January 2nd.

It’s no surprise that with the holidays giving people an extra minute to breathe and with the festivities of Christmas day being over, it offers the perfect opportunity to start or continue with their house hunt.

For those thinking of selling their home, there can be some real advantages in launching a property earlier in the New Year when there are fewer competing properties coming to the market. While there may not be the quantity of viewings, buyers looking at properties in January and February are serious about moving, hence the quality of viewings tends to improve. At GTH, many of our offices have been pleasantly surprised by the number of sales agreed in the months of January, February and March over the past few years.  

Meanwhile, to help get over the hurdle of bank holiday office closures, gth.net provides 24/7 online booking for viewings and home valuations so you can start to plan your New Year diary – whether it’s to view that perfect property you spotted online or to arrange an appointment for us to value your home.

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