Summer is high season when it comes to selling your home and that means the market will be filled with homes ready to be purchased. So how do you stay ahead of the game and make sure that your home stands out for all the right reasons? Check out the tips below to make your selling your home during the summer high season a breeze.
Fix It Time!
If you’re looking to sell your house at the height of the market then you’ll definitely want to take care of any needed repairs throughout the house. This can be a bit of a tricky one for some people because they want to sell their home and don’t really want to put money into it if they don’t have to, but it is definitely worth the investment to take care of those pesky little problem areas. Why? Well, quite simply it will help to keep potential buyers focused on all the positives as opposed to all the things they would have to do to make the house great. Think about it, if you’re walking around a home that has chipping paint, leaky faucets and scratched or scuffed up floors you’re not going to be that impressed or jumping at the bit to buy. By handling these repairs ahead of time you’ll 1) save time by eliminating needless negotiations over minor repair issues and 2) actually save money, as your actual cost will almost always be less than a buyer’s post-inspection estimate.
Okay, let’s get right down to it: Clutter eats equity and will a kill a deal dead in its tracks. Period. When buyers come to tour the home they should be greeted by a house that feels spacious and clear of clutter. Remember you’re selling living space and the more cluttered the home is the less space you will be able to show to potential owners. When selling your home less can definitely be more, so take the time to go through each room and evaluate what you want to save, store, scrap, or sell. You can pick up some great tips on decluttering from one of April’s post “How to Declutter Without Losing Your Mind.”
Yes, this may currently be your home, but nothing makes it more difficult for buyers to imagine themselves living in a space than a constant reminder of that fact. This means it’s time to take down all those personal collectibles, family heirlooms, and school pictures that you just love to show off so much. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that these treasures aren’t amazing, but rather that when it comes to selling your home, a blank slate will appeal to potential buyers. Having a blank slate free of your personal belongings allows them to visualize themselves in the home as their own.
Curb Appeal to Seal the Deal
The way your house looks from the street, its curb appeal is a big deal when you’re looking to sell your home? Why? First impressions are everything. The way your house looks from the outside can either really turn someone completely off to even stepping up to that front door or have them ready to run through it. It’s just as important to make sure that the front of your house is as welcoming and appealing as it’s interior. Make sure the front door is clean, the pathways are clear of any clutter and debris and that all landscaping is taken care off. You want to make sure the lawns are well watered and green. Remember it’s summer, which means that grass and shrubs dry out quickly and nothing is more uninviting than a charred front yard. Take advantage of the season and add some pretty flower beds to your front yard to make it even more inviting.Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s why curb appeal is so critical.
Play Up Your Outdoor Space
Now that the weather is heating up and you’re spending more time outdoors, use it to your selling advantage. Sometimes people forget that the interior walls of their home do not define their living space. For most, especially living in South Florida, their backyard becomes the family/friend spot to hang out, especially during the summer. Pool parties and BBQs become a regular occurrence and that outside space can be a really big selling point for some buyers. Whether you have a modest space or space or a big backyard, don’t be afraid to bring some of that inside fell outside. Make your outdoor space inviting with a cozy seating area or dining table. Stage you barbeque area with a nice set of tools and mitts next to the grill. If you have a pool be sure it’s clean and maintained. Step outside the box and add the little type of creative touches that would make someone think, “I can see myself living here.”
Beat the Heat
It’s summer so for every showing or open house you hold you’re definitely going to want to make sure that the air conditioning is working and turned on prior to any guests arriving. With so many people coming in and out of the house it can get a little extra hot so it may be a good idea to set your thermostat a few extra degrees lower than usual to compensate for all those comings and goings. As stated earlier, first impressions are everything and walking into a hot and muggy house does very little in making for a pleasant viewing experience. Step up the appeal by making your home a cool oasis in the heat of summer.
Let’s be honest, nowadays people are more like to check for homes on their mobile devices than they are on a home computer. Who can blame them… it’s pretty simple and convenient. That being said it only takes a couple of seconds to look at a thumbnail picture for potential buyers to either be attracted or completely deterred from finding out more about your property. That’s why you should be sure to have some great high quality pictures of the home that really highlight the top selling points of the home.