Selling a home during the summer months can be a challenge—and not just because the kids are home instead of in school (though that’s certainly part of it!).
The heat can make your yard look tired, your home feel stuffy, and exhaust potential buyers before they’ve even given your home a real chance.
Luckily, however, there are several steps you can take to make the hot weather work in your favor, instead of the opposite. Here’s how to sell your home fast in the summertime.
Give your yard and patio some extra TLC
One thing that buyers will be paying more attention to during the summer months is your outdoor living space.
Is your yard inviting? Is your patio furniture clean and in good shape? Do you have outdoor features like lighting or garden beds?
While curb appeal is always important when selling your home, if you’re selling in summer it’s a good idea to invest a bit more—both in time and money—in your yard than you normally might. In fact, simple lawn care alone has one of the highest returns on investment (ROI) of any home improvement project, according to data from HomeLight.
Add some summery decor and accents in your living spaces
Buyers are attracted to a light, airy, open feel year-round, but especially when it’s hot outside.
The Balance recommends adding some summery decor throughout your home to up its buyer appeal—if you have dark-colored rugs or throw pillows, replace them (temporarily) with some inexpensive but lighter-colored pieces. Pale yellows, blues, and corals will create a cooler, brighter vibe, while also making the home feel larger and more open. Avoid darker shades and keep your home well-lit to create a more inviting space
Add fans and turn down your AC prior to showings
Make sure that you keep your home cool and air circulated, so that the house doesn’t become stuffy in the heat.
If you have ceiling fans, turn them on (and if you don’t, consider adding them in bedrooms and/or living spaces). If necessary, keep a floor fan going for an hour or so before your potential buyers arrive—just make sure you move it out of sight into a closet or garage right before their appointed time.
Prepare for more potential traffic by keeping your home show-ready
It’s true that summer can be a difficult time to sell a home, but it’s also true that you may end up with more interest than you anticipated. According to U.S. News and World Report, June and July are two of the best months to list your home.
This is partly because many people with children prefer to move during the summer months, when it will create the least disruption to their child’s schedule.
To stay ready, do your best to keep the home in showing condition as much as possible. This can be hard when you have children, but enlisting a neighbor or babysitter who can be relied on to take your kids for a while at short notice, will help immensely.
Selling your home in the summer can be an excellent decision, especially if you take extra care to ensure that it will attract buyers’ interest. Follow these tips, and you’ll be sitting at closing in no time!
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