But there are also some things sellers can control when it comes to shifting their properties in the new year...
The space ageCluttered space has always been a big no-no when it comes to presenting your home. The soaring popularity of minimalism is set to continue well into 2018 and sellers should have this at the forefront of their minds when preparing their property for market.
Set up your main living spaces in a minimalist way, leaving living rooms and kitchens wide open. If you own too much furniture and don't want to throw pieces away, consider renting a storage unit for the duration of the selling process.
Let there be lightWhite is the new, er, white. Forever a safe bet when it comes to colour, white is more popular than ever, so install pristine cabinets in bathrooms and kitchens to really open up and modernise your space.
Chrome fittings can also add to the look and complement the feeling of openness.
Buyers love a well-lit home and those with money to spend should consider glass doors and skylights where possible, to flood their homes with natural light.
Tick the tech boxMost buyers, particularly millennials, now look for automation when it comes to the perfect property.
There are a host of devices on the market that can be controlled remotely, including heating systems, remote controlled lighting and music systems. Yes, there is a commitment to spending here, but products such as these fascinate buyers and as well as increasing the value of your home, they could make it stand out in a crowded market.
Go EcoBuyers in 2018 are likely to be more environmentally conscious than at any other stage in the past 20 years. If you can add an eco-friendly element to your home, it cannot fail to impress.
Make your back garden area as spacious as you can, leaving room for an organic garden, and install low energy LED lighting.
If you have the budget, solar panels and reflective shingles on roofs can all help make your home environmentally friendly and appealing to modern buyers.
Talk to the expertsEllis & Co agents have years of experience in getting your home ready for market.
If you are looking to sell in the new year, talk to your local Ellis & Co office now to get ahead of the game when it comes to selling your home in 2018.