Contrary to what some may believe, the summer months are a wonderful time to put your house on the market! Thanks to the sunshine and warm weather, people are more likely to be out-and-about in search of their new home. Plus, it’s during these months that curb appeal is at it’s peak.
Here are 5 useful tips to keep in mind when planning to sell your home during the summer.
#1. Keep It Cool!
There’s nothing worse than coming inside to escape the scorching weather, only to be met with equally stifling air once indoors. Not only is it a smart idea to ensure that your air conditioning is working before your house hits the market, but you want to remember to turn it on before any showings. If air conditioning is not an option for you, consider setting up a fan or two just get the air flowing. The idea is to create a comfortable temperature for potential buyers, not to have them wanting to leave.
#2. Highlight Outdoor Areas!
When people think summer, one of the first things that pops into their minds is spending time outside with friends and family. And what better place to do this than the comfort of their own backyard! Regardless of the amount of area that you’re working with, you want to make it as attractive as possible. The right outdoor furniture set can work wonders for boosting the appeal of any deck or patio. If you want to go the extra mile, consider hanging some lights to really set the mood for those warm summer evenings. Most importantly though, you want to keep any outdoor areas looking as clean and welcoming as possible.
#3. Landscaping, Landscaping, Landscaping!
First impressions are key when selling a home, and one of the first things people notice when they drive past a house is the condition of the yard. Not only is a yard that is in tip-top shape more appealing, but it also means less work right off the bat for any potential buyers. No need to spend lots of time on a yard that’s already immaculate! Make sure to water and mow the lawn regularly, trim any hedges that may have gone through a growth spurt during the spring, and consider planting some bright flowers to liven up the area. And if you have pets, make sure any ‘presents’ they may have left you have been disposed of.
#4. Decorate for The Season!
You don’t want to have that homemade Christmas wreath hanging on the front door in the middle of July, or those bold, yet darker colors of fall throughout your living room. Make the most of the sunshine and incorporate bright, happy colors into your decorating. If you have a garden, why not have a vase of fresh cut flowers on the kitchen table? Keep in mind though that when it comes to decorating, less is always more. You don’t want to clutter up the house too much - this stops potential buyers from being able to envision their own belongings in the home. Nobody is going to buy a home if they can’t picture themselves living in it!
#5. Keep the Lights On!
Though the sun may be shining and the birds may be singing, it’s still a good idea to keep lights on and/or blinds open for showings. When people come inside from the bright outdoors, their eyes may take awhile to adjust to being inside. This could cause rooms to appear much darker than they really are, especially if no lights are on. Plus, there’s always that one hallway that seems dark no matter how bright it may be outside.
Bonus – Have A Pool?
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool – it’s in your best interest to really play up that area! Set up a few lounge chairs, or even a table with an umbrella if you can. Remember to keep it looking neat though, don’t have an abundance of pool toys cluttering up the space.