7 Tips for the Summer Seller

It is often said that there is never a perfect time to sell your house. Each season can be marked with different challenges and difficulties that sellers should keep in mind. in our area, summer is typically a quiet time for homebuyers as families gear up for vacations and pleasant ways to beat the heat.

However if your home is on the market there are some quick ways to make your home more appealing to buyers. By utilizing some of these tips you may save time and money in the long run and sell your home:

  • The first is important regardless of season. Depersonalize your home. This allows the buyer to imagine themselves there. Also consider creating some space which will allow the home and it’s floor plan to shine instead of your décor.
  • Use the summer atmosphere to your advantage. Showcase your outdoor living area. Easy ways to do this are to buy some colorful pillows and add a few flowering plants to make the area more inviting or add hanging lights. By bringing the indoors out you can fool the eye into believing your living space is larger as well.
  • Fight the weather. Don’t forget to adjust the AC when you have a showing or put on some fans. Most people are comfortable in the mid 70’s and won’t stay in a home long if it is too hot regardless of how beautiful. If humidity is a problem by a dehumidifier to absorb moisture.
  • Lighten your home. Take down heavy drapes and curtains to let in the natural sunlight. If this causes too much heat for your daily living, at least open blinds and drapes during showings and open houses. (Also don’t forget to turn on lights in rooms that lack natural light.) This will prevent that drab and dreary feeling from sneaking in. Adding plants or flowers will also brighten the atmosphere and help to bring the outdoors in. Certain plants also help to clean the air.
  • Lighten your home. Take down heavy drapes and curtains to let in the natural sunlight. If this causes too much heat for your daily living, at least open blinds and drapes during showings and open houses. (Also don’t forget to turn on lights in rooms that lack natural light.) This will prevent that drab and dreary feeling from sneaking in. Adding plants or flowers will also brighten the atmosphere and help to bring the outdoors in. Certain plants also help to clean the air.
  • The heat can take a toll on a yard so be sure to keep grass cut and plants watered. Contrasting green lawns with bright colored flowers will automatically draw in buyers. Pressure wash driveways, add that new layer of mulch and keep the front and back yards clean at all times. The front exterior of your home is a buyer’s first impression. If the yard is unkempt a buyer may assume the interior is too.
  • Tend to those small DIY projects or hire a handy man. Chances are, unless you are selling “As is”, you will have to make some repairs. It may be worthwhile having a home inspection done in order to begin repairs on what will inevitably need to be fixed. Summer months are prone to bugs and mosquitoes so be sure to fix window screens. Also take a look at the weather stripping in your doorways and replace any ill-fitting stops that may have been caused from weather or warping.
  • Lastly, get the word out. Summer is a social time of year. Take a walk around your neighborhood and look at the other homes in your area for sale as well as letting people know about your home. Plan a neighborhood preview or open house.

With these tips, hopefully your home will sell well before summer ends!