selling your house in the summer

Five Tips to Selling Your House in the Summer

May 9, 2024 | Selling Your Home | By: Sue

Selling your house in the summer months requires a different approach compared to other seasons. It’s essential to shift your mindset and make necessary preparations to ensure your property shows well to potential summer buyers. Here are some tips to enhance your summer home selling experience. Just a few small touches make an enormous difference in how your property shows to potential summer buyers

Here are our tips for selling your house in the summer!

1. Keep Your House Cold

The #1 rule for summer selling your house in the summer is: Do not try to cut costs on your electric bill! Be sure to have your air conditioning serviced and ceiling fans cleaned in advance of the summer months.  You may want to keep your home even cooler than you normally do. We want any potential buyers and agents to want to stay in the property. Remember that buyers touring with agents are in and out of cars and don’t have a chance to cool down. When coming to view your home, they are seeking relief from the heat.

2. Buyers will be Thirsty

Touring a home with more than two levels can cause house hunters to work up a sweat. It’s a nice touch to have a few bottles of water on the counter in a bowl of ice. A pitcher of cold lemonade might be even better!

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3. Maintaining the Outside of Your Home

Weeds can quickly get out of control. Be sure to keep hedges trimmed and grass a velvety green. Consider adding some colorful flowers to enhance curb appeal. If rain is scarce, be sure that you keep the lawn watered and the sidewalk and front porch swept. Spiders become very busy this time of year. You may have to keep after them on a daily basis. Look up, down, and all around for their webs. Avoid blocking the window views with overgrown tree limbs and ensure all windows are clean. Any patio or balcony areas should be swept of debris and feel welcoming. Spruce up your outdoor areas with fresh paint, planters, and new patio furniture cushions. If you have a pool, make sure it is sparkling clean and inviting.

4. Keep the Lights On

Even if your home is being shown on a sunny day, keep the lights on throughout the house during any showings. I’ve found when coming in from the bright sunshine, a house can look darker as your eyes adjust to coming inside. Remember to turn on all lights, including those in closets or in appliances. 

5. Showcase Natural Light

Keep the lights on, but also take advantage of the longer daylight hours by showcasing the natural light in your home. Open curtains and blinds to let the sunlight in, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Clean windows and remove any obstructions that may block natural light from entering the rooms.

6. Fresh Flowers

Have any flowers that grow in your garden cut and in vases throughout the home. There is something about having cut flowers from your garden that makes a house a home, but be sure to refresh them if you do put some out– no one wants to see dying flowers! 

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7. Highlight Summer Features

If your home has attractive summer features such as a garden, outdoor kitchen, or built-in barbecue area, make sure to highlight these in your marketing materials and during showings. During the summer, outdoor living spaces become a focal point for potential buyers. Highlight the appeal of your patio, deck, or backyard by creating an inviting and functional outdoor area. Create a welcoming ambiance by setting up a small outdoor dining area with fresh table settings to help potential buyers envision themselves enjoying the space. Consider adding comfortable seating, outdoor rugs, and potted plants to showcase the potential for entertaining and relaxation.

9. Market Your Home’s Summer Features

Take advantage of the summer season by hosting open houses that showcase the best features of your home during this time of year. Provide pictures, brochures, or flyers that highlight the benefits of living in the home during the summer.

By incorporating these tips, you can navigate the unique challenges and opportunities that come with the season. If you’d like to explore more strategies for selling your home in the summer or at any time of year,  reach out to us for personalized assistance and guidance today! We’re here to support you throughout the home selling process, whether you’re ready to list now or in the future.

If you are thinking of selling your house in the summer (or any time of year) and would like more information on our services, please contact us! We are always happy to chat even if you’re not quite ready to list. 

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  1. I want to sell my home next summer, so thanks. I like how you said that maintaining the outside is really important. The summer is definitely a good time to build your curb appeal.

  2. I appreciate what you said about the importance of keeping the outside of your home when you try to sell your home. A good friend of mine recently bought a home and one of the reasons they bought it was because of how great the yard looked. Thanks for the tips, I’ll have to be sure to keep your tips in mind the next time I know someone selling a home.

  3. I had no idea that it makes a different to keep the lights on throughout the house during any showings. Now that I think about it all the house that I went through last summer had all the lights on. I wonder if that will work to sell my house? I am no expert when it comes to this so I will be sure to talk to an agent about this tip!

  4. I like that you said that maintaining the outside of your house is important. If someone was looking to sell their house then they might want to find some things to put on the outside of their house to make it more attractive. I think that it might be important for you to maintain the outside of your house if want to get the most out of your yard.

  5. I agree that when it comes to selling your house it is important to make sure the outside of it is kept clean. It makes sense that having a clean lawn and well-staged yard can help bring more potential buyers to your property. I can see how making sure you get the right people to help you with this process can aid you when selling houses.

  6. I agree that it is important to make sure that your landscape is visually appealing if you are trying to sell your home during the summer season. It could be a major turn off for buyers to see your yard as a project. They could consider your home to be a fixer-upper and may want to see that factored into your asking price.

  7. Thanks a lot for mentioning how you should take the time to keep your home weed free when trying to sell it. It is important to understand that doing some research and consulting with a professional can help you find the best way to sell your home in a way that can provide the money you need. My brother is selling his house and wants to make sure he finds the best agent to help him sell his home, so I wanted to look into it for him.

  8. I like how you said that keeping bottled water on the stairs and opening up your windows to let light it helps buyers feel more at home. I would definitely appreciate this if I was viewing a home. Great tips for those summer months!

  9. I am glad you mentioned maintaining the look of the outside of your house in the Summer when getting it ready to sell. My grandparents are preparing to sell their house this Summer. I appreciate the tips for selling a house this sunny season.

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