Oliver of Oliver Miles Estate Agents looks at what tops many people’s lists for Santa at this time of year.

All over the UK home buyers and sellers have an important date in mind. Not 31st October when the UK is set to come out of the European Union but the date that is never delayed, deferred or cancelled, never debated in Parliament and will certainly not be discounted by Barnier.  With shops promoting their Festive Fayre, and the big store Christmas commercials eagerly awaited, 25th December is already etched on our minds. For those hoping to move into a new home by Christmas, anticipation will also be rising.

Historically, 25th December is a key date in the home moving calendar. It is an emotional date, a day that suggests new beginnings and time spent with loved ones in new surroundings full of familiar things that make a home.

But the date can also put a great deal more stress onto an already stressful time. Why not complete a purchase two weeks later or at the end of January when things could be easier? “Because it isn’t Christmas”.

So for those aiming to have moved by 25/12 here are a few hints on how to make it happen.

1) Set your price to sell. You haven’t time to test the market with an optimistic, over-the-odds asking price. You need a deal fast and a buyer who is hot to trot.

2) The clock is ticking. You don’t have to capitulate, but you may have to relent a little. Keep your eyes on the prize of putting up your Christmas tree in your new home.

3) Don’t compromise on solicitors or conveyancers. Choose a lawyer who is geared to getting a deal through quickly.

4) If you need a mortgage, make sure this is in place well ahead of time.

Finally, do not compromise on your estate agent. Find a great one. The key to being able to open your Christmas presents in your new home to have an agent who will get the deal done before Santa and his reindeer set off from Lapland on the 24th December.