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How to Sell a Home in the Summer-10 Sizzling Summer Home Selling Tips
How to Sell a Home in the Summer
10 Sizzling Summer Home Selling Tips
By Elizabeth Weintraub
If You Sell Your Home During the Summer
Not everybody can wait until fall. Sometimes people need to sell
during the months of June, July and August. They might be transferred
to a new job in another state or be experiencing other pressing "life"
issues that could necessitate an immediate sale. Here are a few things
you can do help attract a summertime buyer who might be leaning instead
toward lying in a hammock and sipping lemonade.
Mow the Lawn Twice a Week
Don't ask me why but grass grows faster in the summer. Don't explain it
to me, either, because I don't want to think about photosynthesis or
chlorophyll. Your hair grows faster in the summer, too. Every other lawn
cutting, try mowing on the diagonal to add dimension and curb appeal.
Create Summer Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is what makes fairy-tale land leap from the pages of a
landscaping book and into your front yard. Curb appeal creates lust,
happiness and contentment. Trim the bushes. Plant flowers. Scatter
mulch. Paint your house number on the curb. Sweep the walk. Make your
entrance welcoming and warm.
Decorate With Summer-Influenced Accents
Look around your yard for color inspiration. White is a pure summer
color. Vivid blues have a calming affect. You can sweep away the cobwebs
of winter by replacing accent pillows or throw rugs with brighter,
Bring the Light Inside
If you have heavy drapes, remove them. They tend to make rooms look
smaller anyway by encroaching on space. Pull all your blinds to the top
and tape the strings underneath. Consider tie-backs if you don't already
have them for holding open lighter drapes / curtains. The only time you
would leave blinds closed is if there was an undesirable element on the
other side of the window, i.e. a neighbor's trash can, and even then,
open them slightly.
Go With the Flow of Summer
Due to daylight savings in most states, it stays light outside longer.
Some people like to skip out of work early on a Friday. You might find
buyers are more interested in touring your home in twilight hours, just
after the dinner hour.
Move the Home Outside
Where I live, in Sacramento, it doesn't rain in the summer. We can move
perfectly good living room furniture to the back yard. Not only does
moving out furniture free up more room inside the home, but it creates
an outdoor living space with items you already own. It's an illusion
created for a buyer that says yes, you can own this lifestyle, too.
Deliver the Sparkle
Gold or silver or brass or pewter? Doesn't matter. Mix them, if you
like. Old rules don't apply. Metals are summery. Vases, picture frames,
mirrors, utensils, goblets, hanging planters to garden gnomes.
Supply Summer Treats and Drinks
For me, in California, summer means red-and-white checkered tablecloths,
potato salad, hot dogs and mustard and roasted corn-on-the-cob. Every
part of the country has its own summer food traditions. In Maine,
summer might mean juicy blueberries and clams. Fill the sink with ice
cubes and chill bottled water for guests.
Utilize Natural Scent Sparingly
Sometimes, people go hog wild with the air fresheners. Vanilla is a
popular scent but it can overwhelm sensitive noses. Try filling the air
with natural fragrances such as those from cut roses or honeysuckle
Control the Air Temperature
The only thing worse than a stuffy room on a hot day is a hot room.
Circulate air. Even if you have to place floor fans about the home, keep
the air moving. Turn down the AC to a notch below your comfort zone if
the air outside is hotter than your comfort zone. Not so cold that your
visitor's arm hair stands up. But chilly enough that they don't want to
go back outside.