Rising temperatures mean rising home sales! Whether you’re just putting your home on the market or it has been sitting there a while, follow these easy and affordable tips to have your home ready for summer showings.
Manage the Thermostat
Use a programmable thermostat to ensure the inside temperature is around 23 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit) during showings. This will leave your home cool and comfortable for potential buyers, but not use excessive energy while the home is vacant. If you've already moved out of the home, consider a Wi-Fi-enabled “smart” thermostat that will allow you to adjust the temperature specifically during scheduled showing times.
Keep Up With Curb Appeal
Maintaining a yard can be difficult work, but you’ll want your buyers to believe the beauty is effortless. Continue a regular lawn-mowing schedule to keep weeds at bay. If you’re unable to do it yourself, hire a service or find a teenager in the neighborhood who wants to make some extra money each week. In drier weather, run your sprinkler or sprinkler system a little each morning to keep the grass lush and green. Consider adding some color to your path or front steps with hardy annual flowers. Trim bushes and trees so that your house is visible from the street and plenty of natural light shines through the windows inside.
Easy Sweat Equity
Was that rosy-colored front door once a vibrant red? Is the siding on the back of the house supposed to be white? Freshening up painted items such as doors, shutters, railings, and mailboxes can be relatively inexpensive but can produce substantial results. Use a house-washing product or some elbow grease to scrub your siding if it hasn’t been cleaned in a while. Make the home look fresh and clean instead of old and dated.
Highlight Outdoor Living Spaces
If you have a deck or patio, stage the area so that potential buyers see the space as another room on the house. Use outdoor furniture, cushions, and accessories to make the space inviting and to give the buyer an idea of what it would be like to entertain in the space. Hide items like air conditioners or gutters behind bushy plants. Be sure to open curtains inside the house so that buyers walking through can see and appreciate this extra outdoor space.
Have Photos Updated
If your home has been on the market for a while, it’s possible that buyers are still seeing photos of your home with snow. Ask your Realtor if it would be beneficial to have your outdoor photos updated to highlight how the property looks today.
Every Showing Counts
When you first put your home on the market, you will probably make sure it is perfectly staged and clean from top to bottom. You will quickly realize that preparing for each showing can take a lot of time and energy, and it can be hard to muster that dedication every day. The truth is, however, it’s important to treat every showing as if it were your first. You never know when the right buyer is going to walk through the door. Create a showing plan and stick to it every time. If you’re planning to go on vacation, prepare your home accordingly and notify your Realtor so that she can open your home for showings all day while you’re gone.
Many home buyers are eager to finalize purchases soon in order to close and be settled before school begins. Use these tips to take advantage of summer’s beautiful backdrop and to present your home in the best light to the most potential buyers.
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