After a slow start to 2019, both resale and new home markets are heating up with the weather. Sales are still outpacing new listings in the resale market, but all that means is that it’s a seller’s market, so the summer may be a great time for you to list your home.
Some think summer’s not the best time to sell because people are on vacation and the kids are off from school, but it’s also one of the best times of the year to show off how good your home looks when the weather is beautiful. Plus, you have longer days, so there’s more time for showings.
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you plan on selling your home this summer:
Emphasize outdoor space
The sun is shining, so take advantage of it. Even if you don’t personally take advantage of your outdoor space to its full potential, you should stage it for showing. Think of your backyard, front porch, or balcony as an extension of your living space. Make sure it’s cozy, has plenty of plants, and has a lot of seating. People need to be inspired not only when they’re walking through your home, but also up to it and around it.
Refresh windows and doors
There’s something different about the summer sun. It lifts people’s spirits and makes colours pop. With everything in bloom around your home, you should complement the surroundings with a fresh coat of paint on your window frames and exterior doors. A fresh coat of paint does a lot for curb appeal. You want people to be impressed as soon as they pull up in front of your home. As far as colour choice goes, that depends on how much you want to stand out. A black and pink combo is a bold choice, while burgundy and navy might be a bit safer, but still pop.
Keep your home cool
The summer heat can be intense. You want your home to be a respite from the potentially muggy or scorching weather. If you have a showing coming up, crank up the air conditioner just a little bit so the prospective purchasers are relieved upon entry. Assuming you’ve taken action on the above points, people will already be excited about entering your home, then you hit them with some refreshing cool air. You can even go the extra mile and have some drinks or other freshments available in the kitchen.
Make sure maintenance is up to date
There are a few things you should do around your home to get it ready for summer
, like inspecting your air conditioning unit, fertilizing your lawn, and inspecting your window and door sealing. If you want any of the tips above to actually work, then you need to be on top of your home maintenance.
We hope these tips help you sell your home quickly (and for more) this summer! When it comes time to buy a new home, consider a new construction home!