As June comes to a close, school ends and summer officially begins. Home selling season has been upon us for a few months now and it's been a busy 2021! With kids home from school and vacation time accumulated, buyers and sellers will continue to enter the market as the weather heats up. With increased inventory, you may wonder how to make sure your home stands out among all the others trying to sell during the summer months. Here are a few tips to make sure you can catch the eye of potential buyers during busy season!
Check out open houses for homes similar to yours that are also on the market. As you are preparing to list, use these tours to see what décor and design-types are attractive to you and potential buyers. If there are things you notice that you do not like, be sure to remove those features from your own home if you have them. Sometimes stepping out of the box (or in this case, your own home) will allow you to look at your home through the lens of a potential buyer.
The goal is to set your home apart from the others on the market, and an easy way to do so is letting those potential buyers know that your home is not just for sale, but it is move-in ready. Complete those "must fix" items before your home hits the market. If you repair any issues that would otherwise found by the inspector, you'll be one step ahead of the game giving potential buyers peace of mind they're buying a great home!
Decluttering and cleaning is always the first step on the list when you are preparing to put your property on the market, but often we don't take the clutter 'removal' part as seriously. Instead of just moving clutter from a room to a closet, completely remove the clutter from your home. Whether that means donating, storing, or just tossing those items, removing clutter will allow potential buyers to picture themselves in every part of your home, including your closets and garages - rather than just picturing your clutter stashed away there. A buyer's ability to see themself living in your home (and not you) is key to getting your home sold quickly and for the most amount of money possible.
4. Curb Appeal Is Key
With spring quickly transitioning to summer, your yard may need a little love. Spring rains and warmth might've left your lawn a little overgrown. Take the time to remove weeds, mow your lawn, and add new plant life around the outside of your home. The outside will be the first thing potential buyers see, and you want them to be drawn in by your yard, not turned away by it.
5. Use Refreshments To Your Advantage
Whether you're a baker or just love buying baked goods, open houses are the perfect opportunity to draw potential buyers in with sweets. With rising temperatures, a thoughtful treat with a glass of lemonade or ice water adds a personal touch to your open house that will, at a minimum, guarantee that potential buyers cross the threshold of your home. Sometimes, getting them in the door is all you need.