Selling your home in the summertime can be a great opportunity to
attract buyers. Having your home "summer-ready" can increase the chances
of it selling faster.
Searching for homes often increases just as schools let out and
families have some extra time to begin the hunt prior to the next school
As a seller, there are a few things you can do to create a
summer-ready home that influences your buyers to step inside and stay a
bit. The longer they stay when previewing your home, the greater
likelihood that they're considering making an offer.
Make sure your winter decorations are put away and stored. I know
this sounds basic and maybe even amusing but there have been instances
when lingering holiday decor still adorns some areas of the home. This
may be charming to the homeowners but rest assured it's not to
prospective buyers. It'll simply look like clutter.
Pull the heavy-duty winter rugs up. If you have beautiful
flooring like hardwood, go bare for the summer months. Revealing
well-kept floors can be a big plus. Rugs that lined the floors in the
winter months can be packed up when you're listing your home for sale in
the summer months.
Make the home look like the season and match the neighborhood. If
it's bright and cheerful outside, invite that into your home by opening
up the windows and letting natural light flow through. If there is
one, let a cool breeze blow in or keep the air conditioner on so that
it's a comfortable temperature to tour your home. Nothing is worse than
entering a home to preview and finding that you can hardly stay inside
because it's stuffy and blazing hot.
Tidy up the backyard. Sometimes a lot of attention is given to
the interior of the home and the outside area gets overlooked. Remember,
in the summertime especially, homeowners will be sure to check out your
yard. Make sure that it hasn't become a dumping ground or storage for
all the stuff you're trying to get rid of before you move. Instead,
create a pleasant vision for your prospective buyers by setting up the
backyard with cute outdoor furniture. If you have gardens, make sure
that you keep tending them. Don't let them get overgrown. The charm of a
lovely outdoor space, large or even petite, will be appealing to most
buyers, especially if they're starting with one that's already designed
Clean your fans and vents and change the heating/air conditioning
filters. If you're not using or living in the home, the fans and
filters can collect a lot of dust. Be sure not to overlook cleaning
these things as a dirty ceiling fan can whirl off a lot of dust and
debris when it's turned on. It's not a good way to start a showing by
flipping a switch and having handfuls of dust flutter about the room.
Cleaning and changing air conditioning filters takes only a few minutes,
but the return is huge.
A few simple things can help you "summer-ize" your home so that
the prospective buyers can't wait to move into the home and enjoy the
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