Summer is no doubt the perfect time to sell your home. With increasing temps, we're all getting outdoors more and enjoying doing so! And as agents, we consistently see home sales increase in the warmer months.
And when it comes to listing your home in the summer, you have the advantage of longer daylight hours, vibrant outdoor aesthetics, and potential buyers being more motivated to make a move. However, to ensure your home stands out in a competitive market, it's crucial to prepare it effectively.
In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on preparing your home to sell in the summer, maximizing its appeal and increasing your chances of a successful sale. Let's explore our top tips for getting your home ready to hit the summer market.
1. Enhance Curb Appeal:
First impressions matter and the exterior of your home sets the tone for potential buyers. Summer offers an excellent opportunity to showcase your beautiful landscaping and well cared for lawn.
Here's what you can do:
Refresh the landscaping: Trim trees and bushes, plant colorful flowers, and mulch garden beds to create an inviting and well-maintained appearance.
Clean the exterior: Pressure wash the siding, clean windows, and repair any peeling paint or cracks.
Spruce up the front entrance: Paint the front door, update house numbers, and add a welcoming doormat.
Don't forget to repair any visible cracks, replace damaged shingles, and ensure the exterior lighting is in working order. Enhance your home's curb appeal and make the first impression a lasting one!
2. Declutter and Depersonalize:
One of the most crucial steps in preparing a home for sale is decluttering and depersonalizing the space. By depersonalizing, potential buyers can envision themselves living in the space more easily. They can see the perfect spot for their family photos, furniture and other personal belongings. Create the illusion of a blank canvas by focus on minimizing.
To make your home more appealing to potential buyers, create a clean and neutral canvas:
Declutter: Remove personal items, excess furniture, and knick-knacks to create a spacious and organized environment.
Depersonalize: Store personal photographs and unique decor to allow buyers to envision themselves living in the space.
Clean and organize: Deep clean every room, including carpets, windows, and appliances. Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms.
Remember, you'll be moving soon so don't be afraid to pack up your items and keep them in a basement storage area or even rent a storage unit for the time being. The more you're able to minimize, the easier preparing for showings will be, too!
3. Natural Light:
Summer brings abundant natural light, and you want to make the most of it, especially if your home tends to be darker in the colder months. Give your home an opportunity to shine and take advantage of sunlight to brighten up your home naturally!
Make the most of summer light to brighten up your home:
Open curtains and blinds: Let natural light flood in, showcasing the interior and creating a warm and welcoming ambiance.
Clean windows: Ensure windows are spotless to maximize the amount of light entering your home.
Add mirrors: Strategically place mirrors to reflect natural light and make rooms appear more spacious.
Longer daylight hours give you even more time to take advantage, so be sure to leave blinds and window coverings open during showings to not only brighten your space but create an airy ambiance.
4. Maintain Optimal Indoor Temperature:
When showing your home during the summer, it's essential to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. Keep the air conditioning system in good working condition, ensuring it cools the rooms evenly.
Consider installing ceiling fans to improve air circulation, especially in areas that tend to get warm. You want potential buyers to feel comfortable and relaxed as they explore your property.
5. Highlight Outdoor Spaces:
Take advantage of the summer season by showcasing any outdoor living spaces your home has to offer. Everyone loves being outdoors during the summer months and sprucing up your yard gives homebuyers the feel of extended living space beyond just your home's square footage.
Take advantage of the pleasant weather and showcase your outdoor areas:
Stage outdoor spaces: Set up outdoor furniture, arrange cushions and accessories, and create an inviting atmosphere for potential buyers to envision themselves enjoying the space.
Clean and maintain: Sweep patios, decks, and walkways. Ensure that outdoor furniture and fixtures are clean and in good condition.
Create an atmosphere that encourages buyers to envision themselves enjoying these spaces for relaxing and entertaining. Ask your REALTOR® to promote your outdoor living space in your listing description as well!
6. Refresh Interior Spaces:
Summer is a bright and colorful season so embrace it! Add subtle touches that evoke the spirit of summer throughout your home.
Give your home a fresh and appealing look by incorporating seasonal elements like:
Summer colors: Add pops of summer-inspired colors through accent pillows, artwork, or fresh flowers to create a vibrant atmosphere.
Air out your home: Open windows to let in fresh air and eliminate any lingering odors.
Update decor: Swap out heavy winter decor for lighter, brighter options that align with the season.
These small details can make a big difference in creating a memorable and inviting atmosphere.
7. Spruce up the Kitchen and Bathrooms:
Kitchens and bathrooms are two areas that can significantly influence buyers' decisions when home shopping. Pay special attention to these rooms when organizing as well as considering updates.
Give your bathrooms and kitchen a fresh update by replacing dated fixtures, such as faucets and cabinet hardware. Consider applying a fresh coat of paint to cabinets, walls, and ceilings. Ensure all appliances are in good working order, and pay attention to details like cleanliness, grout lines, and caulking.
The rooms don't have to be perfect and it's not necessary to replace everything! However, they are absolutely ways to increase the appeal of your spaces and give them a lasting first impression- a lot like your landscaping!
8. Stage with Purpose:
Proper staging can significantly impact a buyer's perception of your home:
Maximize space: Rearrange furniture to create an open and flowing layout that maximizes the perceived square footage.
Create vignettes: Style surfaces with tasteful decor to highlight the functionality and potential of each room.
Show lifestyle potential: Stage rooms to showcase their intended purpose (e.g., a cozy reading nook, a home office, or a relaxing bedroom).
Like decluttering, staging offers you a chance to increase the spacious feel of your home as well as its features.
Preparing your home to sell in the summer requires careful attention to detail and a focus on creating an appealing and inviting atmosphere. By following these tips, you can enhance your home's curb appeal, maximize natural light, and create an ambiance that resonates with potential buyers.
With a little extra effort, your home will be ready to shine in the summer market, increasing your chances of a speedy and successful sale!