It is widely known that spring is prime time to sell your home. With the change in weather, many buyers come out in full force. While this spring did prompt record home sales numbers in many markets, summer has also started with a bang. For as great as selling in springtime is, summer is a very close second. Buyers want to be planted in their properties before the start of the school year or change of season. Warm weather also helps properties show better than in the dead of winter. This summer is especially attractive for buyers with interest rates still low and many markets full of supply. Selling your property in the summer can be just as effective as selling in the spring or any other season. Here are a few tips to take advantage of this strong selling season.
If you are ready to sell you need to commit to it. This means working with your real estate agent to get your property sold. It is not easy scheduling showings and having people come in and out of your home but this is what you need to do. As uncomfortable as this period may be it is only temporary. With the right marketing, your home can be on and off the market in as little as 60 days. During those two months you will have to be flexible with showings but once you find your buyer it will all be over.
It is also important that your home looks presentable with every showing. You don’t have to hire a cleaning service but you should consider how your property shows. Dirty dishes in the sink or clothes all over the floor may not be a deal breaker but you never know what buyers will notice. If you are going to sell you need to do everything on your end to make it happen. Your house doesn’t have to be immaculate but it shouldn’t be sloppy, dirty and unorganized either.
It also helps to make minor updates and improvements. Much like with the house cleaning you don’t need to make wholesale changes. Look at items that you may have on your to do list for a while. Seemingly little things like fresh paint in a child’s room or replacing old fixtures can make a big impact. That being said you should also be careful not to get too carried away. What is appealing to you may not be appealing to a large number of buyers. You may think you are adding value but you are really hurting demand.
A final tip is to watch the temperature in your house. This should be the time that you break any strict thermostat rules you and your spouse may have. No buyer wants to walk into a house and immediately start sweating. It is better that the house is on the cold side rather than the warm side. This will certainly add to your electric bill but consider it an investment to get your property sold.
Generally speaking the closer you get to the end of the calendar year, the more difficult selling your home becomes. With cold weather and holidays in the mix there are a few potholes to navigate. This summer has an increase in buyer demand that currently shows no signs of slowing down. If you are thinking about selling, the time may be now.