Selling Your Home This Summer

by c21commonweath_ldowling 3. July 2019 15:29

Contrary to popular belief, summer isn’t the best time to put your house on the market. Kids are out of school, families are on vacation, and summertime activities keep homeowners from tending to the house.

As it turns out, summer is one of the busiest times of the year for homeowners. Selling your home may be trickier than you originally thought, but sometimes you simply can’t wait to put your house on the market due to life changes or unforeseen events. Here are some tips for selling your home this summer—hopefully before the next season.

Home Care

While you may not have time to make expensive renovations, you can certainly make smaller repairs around the house that drastically improve its appearance, functionality, and safety.

Kitchen and Bathrooms

Kitchens and bathrooms have the most plumbing and electrical systems, so make sure everything’s running smoothly to avoid flooding and other damages. Check all sinks for leaks and make sure drains are free of clogs. You can also replace the coolant in your fridge if the temperature’s too warm. Lastly, examine all cabinets for water damage or rot, and make sure drawers and cabinets open smoothly without getting stuck.

Interior

Pay close attention to the state of your walls, ceilings, and flooring. Paint over nail holes or areas where discoloration exists to give your home a fresh new look. You should also replace or repair chipped tile, dented wood, and torn carpeting. Steam-clean your floors for good measure, especially if you have pets.

In addition, make sure your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC), water heater, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and electrical panel and circuit breakers are in working order.

These repairs ensure the future homeowner’s safety and will help maintain your property’s current value. We recommend investing in a home inspection before making any repairs to know which ones demand your immediate attention.

Smart Selling Strategies

In addition to the aforementioned home repairs, consider adopting these smart selling strategies.

Summer Curb Appeal

Create curb appeal to attract summer buyers—sometimes a good look at your front yard is all it takes for prospective buyers to decide whether they want to go inside. Design an attractive front yard and mow your lawn twice a week (it grows faster in the summer), trim back foliage, plant pretty flowers, fill in naked spots with mulch, and paint prominent outdoor features like your street address or mailbox.

Staging

Move some (if not all) of your furniture to your new home or a storage unit to free up space, and consider hiring a professional stager or staging the place yourself to make buyers feel comfortable and welcome. Move what’s left of your furniture to areas of the room that open the space, and use pretty rugs, pillows, and decorations to cozy it up. You should also tie back curtains and open blinds to let more natural light inside.

Climate Control

Now that everything’s in great shape, it’s time to welcome potential buyers into your temperature-controlled house. Make sure your home isn’t stuffy by placing fans in different rooms to help circulate air. You can also turn down your air conditioning a couple degrees below your normal temperature to keep visitors inside longer. They won’t be as keen on leaving quickly if your home lets them cool off.

Find an Agent

If you’re feeling overwhelmed while selling your home, call several real estate agents and ask for recommendations in your neighborhood. Listing agents can help you market your home effectively and determine a price based on local home values.

Make a Summer Move Happen

Selling a house in summer is difficult, but not impossible. These home improvement projects and strategies will help speed up the process. With a little bit of grunt work, planning, and networking, you’ll be well on your way to closing a summertime sale.

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