Summertime means barbecues, outdoor fun and lots of sunshine, flowers and greenery. The commonality among all of those rites of summer is that they draw attention to a home’s landscaping and outdoor spaces. Homeowners who are selling their home in the summer months should make an effort to highlight their home’s usable outdoor space.
In addition, sellers with their home on the market during the summer should keep these considerations in mind:
• “Stage” your backyard so that buyers can envision themselves relaxing and entertaining there. Power wash your deck or patio as well as your outdoor furniture, replace worn-out cushions and make sure to have a few simple outdoor accessories.
• A fully landscaped yard will save buyers time and money. Ensure your front and back yards appear maintained by trimming overgrown trees and shrubs, and making sure your lawn is manicured regularly.
• Inside, keep your home cool for showings and Open Houses. Setting the air conditioner to a comfortable level, or using fans and opening windows to let in a cool breeze, will help buyers focus on your home and not how warm they are.
• Guard against heat-related smells by emptying all garbage cans and fully cleaning your home before any showings, focusing specifically on bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens.