Best time to sell a home is 1.51pm on a Wednesday

The best time to sell a home is at 1.51pm on a sunny Wednesday, research by Privilege Insurance has found.

The month of March is most common when it comes to selling up.

Christian Mendes, head of Privilege Home Insurance, said: “Selling a home can be a very stressful ordeal, so it’s great to see we have found the time when people are most likely to sell their home.

“However, it’s important not to under-estimate the impact of small home improvements such as a lick of paint, or a new piece of art on the walls, which can make all the difference when it comes to the finer details.

“On the day people are due over to view, the fine aroma of freshly baked bread, or just-brewed coffee can be the ultimate clinchers to help seal the deal too – so it’s definitely worth going the extra mile.”

The number one cause for concern when selling up is the chain; waiting for others to buy or sell (27%).

Other stresses include viewing countless places (18%), dealing with solicitors (15%), battling with estate agents (10%) as well as lengthy contract negotiations (10%).

Although sellers still rely on estate agents to show buyers around (31%), more are taking on the job themselves, with over a quarter of sellers (28%) choosing to show prospective buyers around, and a quarter of millennials (25%) giving the job to their parents to do.

Brits have also been getting cunning with tricks to help sell their homes, with a good tidy up the number one tactic employed by four in 10 (38%).

Men, however, are less inclined to clean up with just three in ten (31%) doing so, compared to 44% of women.

Other selling ploys include buying fresh flowers to brighten up a space (12%), as well as raising the temperature (8%) in the house to make it cosy.