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With a unique set of circumstances and incentives, there has never been an autumn like 2020 with so many opportunities and advantages for selling your home.From the pent-up demand unleashed after lockdown, to the LBTT (Land & Building Transaction Tax) Holiday announced in July, to the working-from-home phenomenon freeing up more people to view property in the week, it’s very unlikely that such a seasonal combination will ever exist again, which makes it an excellent time to put your plans for moving into action. So let's take a look at how you can make the most of an unusually auspicious autumn: one that could have you moving home before Christmas and achieving an excellent price in very special times.

It’s become a modern cliché that neutral decor is not only the best way to sell your home but almost the only way. Yet it’s really not true that people are blind to anything but oatmeal carpet and magnolia walls, and we’re certainly not faced with buyers looking around the homes of The Highlands or Moray and recoiling in panic the moment they see a room that isn’t cream.

Looking for upsides can feel a bit tricky as the moment, yet being stuck at home with time on your hands can give you the space to nurture existing hobbies, or cultivate new ones. Gardening is continually proven to support the soul and whether you have acres and acres, a small balcony or even just a windowsill, lockdown could be your opportunity to create the greenest, most pollinator friendly and most fragrant bit of garden­ ­you've ever had.

Now that the property market in England is open for business again, moving plans south of the border can get back on track. Demand from buyers has been up right across the country, with enquiries to estate agents and visitor numbers to the property portals almost at where they were before lock-down began and now that in person viewings are back on the cards, there should be a gradual return to normal, albeit one of a different kind.