While the spring is deemed the optimal time to put your house on the market, summer comes in as a close second. Summer affords prospective home buyers with children a window of time to move into a new place, and gives some homeowners a little more time to get their homes ready to show. In general, spring and summer tend to bring in higher sale prices, making them great times to sell.
Of course, a lot depends on your location and the type of property you intend to sell. While a beach or lake house will be prime for the picking in the summer, a ski chalet will probably fare best in the winter market. Furthermore, how’s the weather in the summer where the home is located? While there are ways to beat the heat, markets like those in humid Florida tend to do better in the winter, as many snowbirds flock to the area to beat the cold elsewhere.
Overall, there are many things you can do to help your home sell during the summer. Below we outline different ways to play up your home’s best assets and create a welcoming retreat from the heat.
Play Up the Outdoors
Your best bet is to focus on transforming your home’s backyard into an outdoor oasis. Highlight any porches, patios, decks and outdoor kitchens into desirable destinations. Clean, repaint, and make repairs to any outdoor areas—including windows and siding—and arrange outdoor furniture to make the backyard more inviting. Another way to give your backyard a touch of summertime fun is to set up a hammock.
Does your home have a pool? Pools are huge selling points during sweaty summer days. Therefore, play close attention to maintaining its’ appearance. Keep it clean and visually appealing by creating a seating area with umbrella or a cabana nearby.
Outdoor lighting can give your home a tasteful touch, so add small standing lanterns up your walkway or along the driveway. Tiki torches also add a nice touch to the backyard.
As we’ve discussed in previous articles, landscaping can do a lot for your curb appeal. Maintain and revive your lawn, flowers, and potted plants by watering them regularly and replacing any languishing plants with pops of colorful flowers that do well in the summer heat.
Cool Down the Indoors
Air conditioning energy bills aren’t cheap, but if you want to sell your home, you’re going to have to take the hit. No one wants to be inside a sweltering house just waiting to get out. Therefore, make sure the interior of your home is nice and cool so prospective buyers want to take refuge inside.
Another great way to make your home interior inviting is to provide refreshments. Leave pitchers of ice cold beverages, including water, lemonade, and sweet tea, indoors to further help people cool off.
Brighten up your living space by adding cool summer accents to your interior décor. Use white, vivid blue, coral, light yellow, or other summery colors in the form of accent pillows or throw rugs to brighten up a drab interior. Replace heavy drapes with light, translucent ones and make sure blinds are pulled all the way open. You can also give your home some sparkle with metallic vases, picture frames, hanging planters, or mirrors.
To give your home a pleasant aroma while not overdoing it, bring the outdoors in with fresh cut rosemary, roses, honeysuckle, or jasmine.
Overall, highlighting outdoor living areas and making the inside of your home a cool summer retreat makes selling a house in the summer a breeze!
The Secrets of Selling a House In the Summer by HouseHunt