With kids in summer camp, families on vacation, and various other ongoing activities, selling in the summer presents various challenges. That being said it doesn’t mean you should wait until the fall to list your home. There are many homeowners who capitalize on the summer market by listing in the summer. Buying doesn’t stop just because the weather is nice out. With decreased inventory, you may have the ability to make your home stand out. Many buyers want to be settled in their property before the start of the school year and will look throughout the summer. Listing in the summer may not be as good as listing in the spring, but it shouldn’t be avoided at all cost. Here are a few things to do to help improve your summer listing.
Temperature Control.One of the biggest reasons that listing in the spring is so popular is because buyers want to get out after a long winter and enjoy the weather. If a buyer is too hot or too cold they won’t be comfortable and won’t give your property a fair chance. When listing your home in the summer it is essential that you control the temperature. Sure, you may have to run the AC during the day when you are not home, but a cool, comfortable house can have a real impact with buyers. Consider the alternative for a minute. A prospective buyer opens the front door to a house that feels like a sauna. Instead of taking their time and walking around they will be in and out in no time. If you list in the summer you need to control the temperature.
Yard Maintenance.The first thing a buyer sees in the summer is the yard. As difficult as this can be you need to constantly stay on top of it. This could mean cutting it a few times a week, watering it in the evening, or even putting down some seed in dry spots. If the grass is beat up a buyer will think the interior is the same. Ideally, your home will only be listed for a short time before finding a buyer. During this time, you need to do everything you can do keep the yard, bushes, and exterior updated.
Deck/Pool/Patio. Buyers envision themselves living in the property whatever season you list in. If you list in the winter they will think about fires and cozying up around the TV. If you list in the summer they will think about outside parties and BBQ’s. It is essential that you make sure these areas are clean, highlighted, and updated. If you have a deck you need to throw on a fresh coat of paint or seal. A deck with peeling paint is an eyesore and will instantly diminish appeal. If you have a pool you need to make sure it is consistently clean and the water is as blue as can be. Clean all patio furniture and store them away to maximize space. Put the cover on the grill and pick up any toys or debris around the area. The deck, pool, and patio can make or break the transaction. Take the time to make sure these areas look perfect.
The real estate market doesn’t stop just because the weather is nice out. Selling in the summer has some challenges but shouldn’t be postponed until the fall.