At this time of the year sellers often face a dilemma. Should they wait until after the holiday season before they put their home on the market?
Or, if they are going on holiday themselves, should they put everything on hold and risk losing a buyer while they are away?
Vanessa Millward, from estate agents Connells, has no doubts. ?This is an excellent time to sell as we have found that people looking to buy in the summer months are usually serious buyers willing to make a decision quickly.
?Provided your estate agent is fully aware of your holiday plans, knows how to contact you and can gain access to your property, then I would certainly advise sellers to keep their property on the market.?
If you are going away just follow a few simple guidelines:
? Give your estate agent your holiday dates well in advance
? Let your agent have a set of house keys and talk through security, access and viewing arrangements while you are away
? Ask your travel agent or tour company for a contact number at your holiday destination or check that your mobile will work abroad
? Pass on these numbers to your estate agent, along with the times you will be available to take a call.
Even if you can?t be contacted you can still leave specific instructions in writing with your estate agent and legal representatives about what offer may be acceptable.
Vanessa Millward added: ?Whether you are going away or not, there?s no reason to delay your sale until after the summer - your ideal buyer might be out there at this very moment.?