Selling your house in the summer months is a little bit different…
You may need to shift your mindset a bit and prepare. Just a few small touches make an enormous difference in how your property shows to potential summer buyers.
Here are our tips to selling your house in the summer!
1 – 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 potentials 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 – 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!
3 – Maintaining the outside of your home in the summer is important. 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 – 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 – Our final lovely touch is to 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!