The garden in bloom, the clear blue sky in the background and that bird sitting on the balustrade of the balcony, seem ideal elements for an advertising photo of your home.

Is spring the ideal time to sell your home?

Jan Witte of KW Makelaars from Sommelsdijk notices every year that the supply increases in the spring.

"In the spring, especially in March, we receive the most sales orders. Just like after the summer holidays, a new peak will arise."

The data from the Land Registry confirms that picture.

Most transfers take place in May and July;

the houses were sold a few months earlier.

"Due to the current shortage, the wave is not that strong," says broker Dennis van den Heuvel of the Domicilie real estate agency in Ede.

"Still, spring seems to be an interesting period for sales. Everything looks more attractive, people have more energy and may be inclined to make more impulsive purchases. Although this is difficult to express in euros."

Both brokers emphasize the value of good photos.

For example, Van den Heuvel applies the rule at his company that no photos are taken in the snow.

"That doesn't look like much, you don't get the right impression of a house. We'll come back a week later."

At Witte's office, his colleague Fleur has the task of optimally preparing the house for the photo session.

"Don't think about pink pillows, but especially about emptying them."

'They take you on a mini trip around the house'

Andries van der Leij conducts brain research into the influence of images in marketing on people's behavior.

"As a potential buyer, sales photos must tell a story. Can I see myself living there?", Says Van der Leij.

With good images you sometimes see "atmospheric nonsense".

With good images you sometimes see "atmospheric nonsense".

Photo: Domicile

"Like a photo with a view of the garden in bloom, a close-up of an old window hinge or a piece of stained glass. You think it doesn't matter, but they take you on that mini trip through that house. That's why you don't want to see any personal belongings, because then you get the impression that you are visiting. Then you will be less likely to see yourself living there. "

Van der Leij himself had doubts about putting his house up for sale.

Against his broker's advice, he wanted to wait for spring.

"A bare garden does not feel optimistic. It makes no sense to supply old photos, because then people feel cheated: the photos show a garden in bloom and it is a dead lot during the viewing. at the viewing, then a disappointment about a space that seemed much larger in the photos due to the wide-angle lens. "

Whether spring is the perfect time for the sale?

"With the current market, any time is the time to sell," says real estate agent Witte.

Because, according to Van der Leij, there is also a disadvantage to waiting: "If everyone waits, you are no longer unique with your offer. It is also about the choice set."