WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 26, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — While the busiest home buying season—spring—is almost behind us, buyers are still searching, and summer is looking like a prime time for selling your house. With a little dedication, you can get your home sold by Labor Day.
Be open – “Having a flexible schedule can make or break your summertime sale,” notes Patricia Bell, President of Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate. Between vacations and events, it may be hard to find time to show your home. Buyers may want to stop by first thing in the morning before dropping little Jimmy off at camp, or they may want to swing by after dinner. Be sure to maintain an open schedule for showing, and your home sale will happen much faster.
Focus on curb appeal – This is important in any season, but during summer, your garden is growing faster than you can manage it. “If you don’t have time to focus on the outside of your home, consider hiring someone to take care of it during the period your home is listed,” Bell suggests.
Make an outdoor living space – In addition to a well-manicured garden and lawn, your yard should have an outdoor living space, if possible. No need to go install an outdoor kitchen; simply setting a table next to the grill, or some comfortable looking chairs grouped together, will look equally as inviting. “Allow your buyers to imagine themselves spending their summer evenings lounging around your yard,” says Bell. Sold!
Watch the air temp – While we’ve covered how to make the outdoor of your home inviting, you should also be focused on the interior. Too much air conditioning and your buyers will be shivering all throughout their house tour. No AC? They may be itching to get back out into cool air. Have a comfortable temperature inside, and your showings will be more enjoyable, and successful.
Embrace the season – Go through the home and lighten up any accessories you can; throw pillows, hand towels, curtains and drapes should feel light and bright. “Decorating for the season helps your potential buyers feel a connection with the space, as it’s in sync with the outdoor environment. Think light blues, yellows, and greens,” says Bell.