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When Is The Best Time to Sell Your Home?

Written by Reviewed by Graham Norwood

1st Jun 2020 (Last updated on 24th Nov 2020) 6 minute read

The best time to sell your house will depend on your location, property type and circumstances, plus the state of the housing market. When the market is ‘hot’ and demand outstrips supply, homes sell quickly - especially if they are competitively priced. If the market is ‘cold’ and supply is plentiful, homes take longer to sell…and some do not sell at all.

Compare My Move work with property industry experts to bring you insightful and fact-checked articles on everything moving house. This guide offers a detailed look at the best time to sell a house in 2020, including each nations’ favourite month to move and the average days it takes to sell. 

This article will cover the following:
  1. How Long Does It Take To Sell A House?
  2. What Is The Best Month To Sell A House?
  3. What Is The Worst Month To Sell A House?
  4. What Is The Best Day To Sell A House?
  5. Do Different Regions Make A Difference
  6. Do Seasons Matter When Selling Your Home?
  7. Which Property Types Sell Best At Different Times Of Year?
  8. Save Money On Your House Sale With Compare My Move

How Long Does It Take To Sell A House?

On average, in early 2020 it took 67 days to sell a house in the UK. Rightmove’s House Price Index revealed that properties sold 6% faster in early 2020 than a year earlier. But averages mask a host of differences in location and circumstances, including how much your house is worth and the efficiency of your conveyancing solicitor. For the best deal, make sure you compare solicitor quotes

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What Is The Best Month To Sell A House?

June, July, August and September are the best months to sell a house, with it taking just 62 days in most typical years to secure a buyer for the sale, Rightmove has reported.

Compare My Move’s data also reveals that most buyers move house in the summer month of August, with Summer being the nation's favourite season to move. This isn’t a surprise that Summer is the best time of year to sell your house, with warmer and longer days. 

What Is The Worst Month To Sell A House?

January is the worst month to sell a house as it takes an average of 76 days to find a buyer for the sale, according to Rightmove. With Christmas just out of the way, many people aren’t thinking about moving house, although buyers do start researching properties around this time. 

Compare My Move’s data also shows that the least favourite season among buyers is Winter, with November and December being the most unpopular months to move house.

What Is The Best Day To Sell A House?

The best time to list your house for sale is a Wednesday, according to Zoopla data. They reported that Wednesday after 9pm is the most popular time for buyers viewing homes online and contacting estate agents. Friday and Saturday are the least popular days to list your house for sale. In terms of completing a sale, our data shows that Friday is the most popular day for buyers to move house.  

Do Different Regions Make A Difference

Several assessments were undertaken in 2019 and early 2020 to estimate the speed of sale in different locations - but remember, this is just a guide and some houses sell literally within hours, while others struggle to find a buyer even after a year.

So in 2019 and early 2020, properties in Scotland sold the quickest, taking an average of 47 days to sell. Homes in the North East took the longest to sell, with an average of 81 days to complete the sale. Every area is different, and some property types may sell quicker or be in more demand in certain locations of the UK. 

It’s worth taking a closer look at your area and its selling history as there will likely be a regional difference. Below we look at the average time to sell a house in each region of the UK, along with the March 2020 average house price and monthly change.

RegionAvg. Time to SellBuyers Favourite Month to MoveAvg. House PriceMonthly Change

Scotland

47 days

May

£159,149

3.7%

North East

81 days

October

£153,694

1.6%

North West

69 days

January

£201,199

0.1%

Yorkshire & Humber

67 days

October

£196,002

-0.7%

East Midlands

65 days

July

£230,783

0.7%

West Midlands

62 days

October

£233,224

0.6%

Wales

71 days

July

£199,249

-0.2%

East of England

68 days

August

£356,709

1.0%

Greater London

67 days

August

£638,826

1.6%

South East

72 days

August

£408,796

1.2%

South West

67 days

August

£313,127

1.6%

Data taken from Rightmove's House Price Index. Buyer's favourite month to move taken from Compare My Move's data.

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Do Seasons Matter When Selling Your Home?

Looking at Compare My Move data, our research shows that Summer is the most popular season for buyers to move house. Given that the average time taken to secure a buyer is around 67 days, this means the best time to list your home for sale should be around Spring. 

Ultimately, when you sell your house will be your choice. There is only a 14-day gap between the best and worst months to sell based on the average time to sell data. Below we take a look at selling your house during each season.

The New Year - Many buyers look for potential properties to buy in the New Year after usually looking for a fresh start after Christmas. However they typically don’t take action until mid-February. January is the worst month to sell your house, taking 76 days to find a buyer.

Spring -  Spring is a close second for the best season to sell your house. Properties sell quickly in April and May, taking 64 and 63 days on average to find a buyer for the sale. Spring is also a popular time for buyers to choose as their moving date, especially if they have families and want to get to know an area before the start of the school year in August or September.

Summer - Summer is the best time of year to sell your house, with June, July, August and September taking on average the least amount of days to sell. With lighter and sunnier days, your house will seem more appealing to potential buyers in the listing photographs.

Autumn - The Autumn season has a relatively low average number of days for properties to sell, with October and November taking 64 and 67 days. Our data show that Autumn is the joint-second favourite season for buyers to look at moving.

Winter - Winter is the worst time of year to sell your house, with December, January and February taking 71, 76 and 67 days to sell respectively. Compare My Move research also shows Winter is the least popular season for UK movers. 

Which Property Types Sell Best At Different Times Of Year?

Some property types will sell better at different times of the year. Certain property types will always be in demand such as detached or semi-detached homes, whilst others will be in demand at certain time periods, such as small flats and terraced houses at the start of a university term.

Below we’ve listed certain property types along with their popular time of year to sell, according to The Advisory data:

  • 1-2 bed flats and terraced houses - January, February and September
  • 3-4 bed houses - Outside of school holidays
  • Bungalows - the best time to sell is between the warmer months of June-September

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Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having written for Huffington Post and Film Criticism Journal, Martha now regularly researches and writes advice articles for everything moving house related.

Graham Norwood

Reviewed by Graham Norwood

Property Journalist and Editor,

With over 15 years of experience in residential property journalism, Graham is currently the editor for both Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today.