Spring is statistically the best time to sell your home. In fact, according to The Mortgage Reports, during spring, homeowners can expect to sell 18.5 days faster and achieve a 5.9% higher sales price. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic dashed many homeowner’s hopes of selling their house during spring. On the plus side, as many states continue to lift their lockdowns, there’s a surplus of buyers waiting to purchase a new home!
If you’re thinking about selling your home during this summer, here are some tips to help you navigate this year’s hot real estate market.
Create Curb Appeal
The first impression counts, and there’s no bigger first impression to buyers than the exterior of your home. Curb appeal attracts more people to your homes, and can also make it stand out from the competition online. Even simple tasks, such as planting flowers, refreshing mulch and trimming bushes, can make a big difference. Imagine that you’re a buyer seeing your home for the first time — what impression do you want your home to make? Which brings us to our next point.
Mow Your Lawn
Mowing your lawn may seem like obvious advice, but it’s doubly important during the summer months. Grass grows much faster in the summer, so you’ll likely have to mow it more often to keep it looking presentable. If you’re feeling creative, try mowing on a diagonal to add even more curb appeal.
Keep Your Cool
The summer can make indoor spaces feel stuffy and uncomfortable. To avoid buyers feeling hot and bothered, be sure to set your AC at a comfortable temperature. You might also want to consider using fans to help circulate the air in your home. Creating an inviting environment is crucial to keeping potential buyers engaged.
Let there be light
The summer sun can do wonders for a dark and dreary home. If you have heavy drapes, consider swapping them out for something brighter that lets the light in, such as muslin. Alternatively, you could use stylish tie-backs to hold open curtains and make your rooms appear bigger.
Showcase Your Yard
If you have outdoor space, summer is the perfect time to highlight it. Creating a relaxing outdoor seating area can help buyers to envision themselves enjoying your yard. You don’t need to spend a small fortune; you can simply move existing furniture outside, or ask family and friends if they have some pieces you can borrow. Head to websites like Pinterest for some inspiration.
Highlight With Summer Accents
If your decor is dark and drab, the summer season is a great excuse to brighten it up. Buyers typically prefer a blank canvas, but to avoid your home looking sterile, you can introduce pops of color with fresh flowers, throw cushions and rugs.
Offer Cold Beverages
It’s the little things that can make a big difference to buyers showing experience. If it’s a particularly hot day, consider filling an ice bucket or sink with ice cubes and chilled bottles of water. Keeping potential buyers happy can help ensure your home makes a favorable impression.
Selling your home during summer doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little work and some creativity, you can take advantage of this year’s hottest sales season.