It seems hard to believe that June is already here. Not only does its arrival inevitably herald very warm weather, it also sees us moving into the busiest home selling period of the year, as families look to move during the long school summer break.
If your home is already on the market, or about to be, you need to ensure that your home is presented, or staged, to fit in with the season.
Here are some really useful tips: -
Enhance outdoor areas - Buyers at this time of year will definitely have outdoor space very much in mind. Even more than in other seasons, you cannot afford to ignore the condition of your front and back yards. Make any necessary repairs including siding, windows and touching up paintwork where needed. Ensure that decks and porches are as spotless as you can make them. Outdoor kitchens also need to be fully functioning, in a case a home viewer wants to put them to the test.
Landscaping pays big dividends - Perhaps more than in any other season, curb appeal is critical in summer. Tidy lawns are the very least buyers will want to see. Summer also presents the best opportunity for you to enhance your home's appearance with flowers and colorful potted plants. If you don't have the time or ability to do the work yourself, consider hiring a local contractor - the money spent will pay huge dividends in the enhancement of your property's external appearance. Also, don't forget to make sure your lawn sprinkler system is fully functional.
The pool is cool - It's a selling asset even in winter, but in summer buyers' expectations of the condition of your pool will be higher. It's therefore vital to ensure the pool is completely clean and well maintained. Focus on making the area around the pool as inviting as possible by the use of good quality outdoor furniture. Don't put off pool maintenance because you won't be using it in future - getting this area of the home right could be the difference between a quick sale and a much longer one.
Let there be more light - Dark home interiors caused by excessive plant growth in window areas need to be avoided, so make sure you trim these areas to let in maximum light.
Cool rooms are vital - Just like with pool maintenance, an efficient air conditioning system is a summer staging prerequisite. The last thing you want is a buyer put off because the cooling isn't very good. It therefore makes total sense to get your annual service done, if it hasn't been carried out already, as, luck being what it is, it might fail just moments before a viewing. Make sure the home is at a comfortable temperature at viewing time - not too hot and not too cold.
Make the viewing a refreshing experience - Even though you'll be leaving the viewing in the capable hands of your realtor, set out a pitcher of lemonade and some glasses as this will encourage buyers to stay longer in the home and really take in its good points, as opposed to thirsty buyers desperate to leave quickly to buy a fountain drink somewhere, anywhere!
If you follow these simple hints, you'll be well on the way to a very successful summer home selling campaign. Call us today for more specific advice, we'd be delighted to assist.