Filed under: Real Estate Tips
Selling a home in the summer is not nearly as difficult as selling in the winter, but many sellers do find that the summer market is more difficult than spring or fall. This is mostly because many people choose to go on vacation during the summer or become so involved in summertime activities that they do not want to be bothered with moving to a new home. Combine these facts with the fact that the market is still quite tough for sellers in most parts of the country and it is easy to see why you might need to be a little creative if you hope to get your home sold this summer. To that end, here are a few tips that will help you get your home sold.
Tip #1: Create Curb Appeal
No matter the season, curb appeal is an important part of getting a home sold. Curb appeal refers to the way your house looks when a person drives past or views it from the road. Take advantage of the warm weather and increase your home’s curb appeal with a few potted flowers. Not only will this make your home look great, but you can take the flowers with you when you move. To further help increase curb appeal, you also need to make sure your lawn is properly maintained and that all bushes, trees and hedges are trimmed.
Tip #2: Stage for the Summer
Staging is another essential step toward getting a home sold. When you stage a home, you take steps to make your home more appealing and inviting to potential buyers. The goal is to help the buyer envision himself living in your home. This means removing clutter, placing fresh cut flowers on your tables and opening your windows to let the sun shine in. Make sure your windows are thoroughly cleaned. Streaks, dirt and grime are even more visible when they catch the sun’s rays.
Tip #3: Consider the Season When Decorating
If you plan to still live in your home while it is on the market, make sure your decorations fit the season. Decorative accents in yellows, whites and blues will help bring thoughts of summer inside. Something as simple as a throw run or a few pillows will help create the “summer” feel that you desire.
Tip #4: Stay Open to Evening Hours
One of the benefits of putting your home on the market during the summer is the fact that the daylight hours are longer than they are at other times of the year. To help increase your chances of getting your home sold quickly, you should be open to showing the home to prospective buyers in the evening. This way, interested buyers can easily stop by after work or otherwise see the home at a time that better suits their schedule.
Tip #5: Highlight Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor living space is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners and prospective buyers. During the winter months, viewing this outdoor living space can sometimes be difficult. During the summer months, however, your outdoor living space should be on full display. Give just as much attention to staging your outdoor living space as you do your indoor living space. A nice glass of ice tea at the table, some music and a few comfortable chairs will go a long way toward helping a prospective buyer see all that your home has to offer.