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Why is Spring a Popular Time to Move?  

Spring has arrived and as reported by the BBC last week, Scotland is in full bloom.

It is a time of year when we are emerging from the long winter and looking towards cleaning out our homes, redecorating and even moving. Spring signals new beginnings making it an exciting time to make changes.

moving in springThis change of season has a welcome impact on the mind and body, giving us an improved sense of wellbeing. Increased levels of serotonin make us happier, a decrease in melatonin makes us less sleepy and an increase in endorphins gives us a welcome boost of energy. This energy wants us to make changes and think about our future. Here are some of the reasons that Spring is a popular time of year to move home:

Longer days

The days are longer and the evenings brighter, providing more opportunities to get out and about to view potential homes. We can see a property in its best light and the sense of space is enhanced. In addition, gardens are in full bloom making the outside space much more appealing. What’s more, moving can be a stressful and daunting task and doing it in comfortable weather is preferable.

Schooling

Here in Scotland, schools break up for summer much earlier than in England. To ensure that families can move just after schools break up at the end of June, many people put their homes on the market in the spring. By matching their sale and purchase with the end of the school year it means that children have an easier transition into a new school without affecting their school work or results. Moving school can be difficult, and much more so in the middle of the term.

Higher buyer numbers

With more buyers looking for property around spring, there is a higher level of competition for properties. This, in turn, encourages closing dates and an overall higher price achieved for a home. The housing market works the opposite way of other markets, meaning that prices rise as more homes are listed. Additionally, since more houses are for sale this time of year, it leads to more robust data and better valuations that can help you sell your home for a higher price. With more potential buyers, you can be pickier with who you decide to sell your home to, so you don’t have to worry about settling for a lower sale.

Lower moving costs

Summer is the busiest season for moving companies for a number of reasons – from children being out of school to newlyweds moving into their homes. Removals costs tend to be higher from June until August, so some people like to move earlier to save money and take advantage of reduced demand for removals firms. With completion dates often changing, it can be hard to secure movers last minute in the summer months.

Clyde Property is a leading independent, multiple award-winning estate agent with over 30 years’ experience in selling and letting property in Scotland. Just call your local Clyde Property branch today, for friendly, impartial advice on letting and renting property.

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