The summer months are great for home sales. Lawns are lush and green, with flowers in full bloom, and homes look light and airy. Families with children love to move during the summer months, as the break between school years often makes for an easier transition. Add the fact that there is no ice or snow to deal with and you’ve got the formula for a great home-selling season. So what can you do to take advantage of it?
Focus on the Outdoors
It is harder for people to visualize themselves using outdoor space during the winter months, but the summer months provide a great opportunity to showcase your patio areas, grilling areas, swimming pools, deck areas, or any outdoor living space. Even if you don’t have a formal patio, you should still consider setting up some outdoor furniture so visitors can see how the space might be used.
Showcase that Pool
Make sure your swimming pool, if you have one, is clean and well-maintained. Check it daily for debris, make sure the pumps are running properly, and make sure your gates and protective mechanisms are also in good repair. In the hot weather, your potential buyers will appreciate the concept of a nice, refreshing swim.
Run Your Air Conditioning
Yes, you are moving. Yes, you are trying to save some money. Find a comfortable, cool temperature so that potential buyers visiting your home will feel refreshed when they step inside from the heat. You don’t have to turn the house into an ice box, but make sure you aren’t cutting corners on comfort.
Declutter the Yard
You’ve decluttered the inside of your house, now make sure the yard looks nice as well. Children’s toys should be organized, not scattered around the yard. The garage should look organized and well-kept. Gardens should be weeded and the lawn should be mowed. Oh, and if you have a dog? Please do a daily sweep to make sure the yard is clean.
Lighten Things Up
Make sure you take down any heavy drapes that will block natural sunlight. Add some fresh-cut flowers throughout the house, or even some potted flowers outside, to add lots of color. Don’t go overboard. Just make sure the home looks bright, spacious, and inviting.
The summer months are really great for home sales, with realtor.com estimating that 50% of all home sales are made during this season. Talk to your realtor about how to step things up a notch and you, too, might be moving before it gets cold again.