How to stage your home to sell in the summertime
The summer months are generally a good time for vacationing, outdoor barbecues and selling your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, home sales volume is typically higher in the summertime than any other months due to the weather and differences in family buying patterns. If you’re planning on selling your home in the near future, you should consider prepping for the summer months when the buyer market is in full bloom. When getting your house prepped to sell in the summertime, consider the following.
Keep the inside of your home cool and refreshing
Especially in Florida, air conditioning can be your greatest asset. And for buyers who are spending the summer months running around to potential new homes, they’ll depend on it. If you’re having an open house or know your house is being shown, you’ll want to make sure your AC is doing its part. Homes can get very stuffy during this time of year, but be careful not to overdo it. You don’t want to have your air so cold that potential buyers will wish they had a sweater, but make it cool enough that they will be less eager to venture back out into the heat. Having a pitcher of lemonade or a cooler of bottled water on display will be a well-appreciated addition as would-be buyers explore their potential new home.
Spruce up your landscaping
Summertime means barbecues, pool parties, and enjoying your backyard. Summer is also when your plants and shrubbery tend to get a little wild themselves. Before showing your home to potential buyers, make sure your yard and landscaping are clean and welcoming. Take note of both your backyard and your front yard – as the front yard is going to be your home’s first impression. You don’t necessarily need to hire professional help but make sure the grass has been mowed, the weeds have been pulled, and your flowers and shrubbery are updated as needed. There are strategies for staging plants inside your home as well.
Show off your pool
Having a pool can provide long-term and added value for your home, especially in Florida. Be sure to maintain yours so it’s clean and inviting for buyers. You may even want to consider adding a seating area (if you don’t have one already) near the pool where buyers can soak in the sights and envision their new backyard.
Some companies offer summer hours and people vacation during the summer months and take off work, while others may want to see a home later in the evening. To maximize how many potential buyers visit your home, you should consider offering flexible showing hours to meet different schedules. Having a dedicated realtor who can show the home while you’re away will help facilitate this flexibility.
Find the right realtor
While this tip holds true all year round if you’re thinking of selling in the summer, finding the right realtor should be at the top of the to-do list. A dedicated and passionate realtor will become your best friend throughout the sales process, so spend the time to find your perfect match. Interview at least two or three to get a better sense of the type of realtor you’re looking for and be sure to request and research their references. The best realtors have significant experience in the area and knowledge of the industry, but compatibility is always key.